Nuclear Dry Cask Fuel Storage Operations
March 28-29, 2017
Atlanta, GA

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As spent fuel pool systems continue to exponentially exceed intended design capacities and the move toward long-term storage remains indeterminable, dry cask canisters have emerged as the next step for nuclear power plant fuel management. EUCI has developed the Nuclear Dry Cask Fuel Storage Operations course, taking place March 28th and 29th in Atlanta, GA to explore the technical background, operational requirements, and transfer processes for implementing dry cask fuel storage canisters for all reactor types. This course will provide the necessary background information on compliance and licensing requirements in addition to plant safety for all plants considering making the move to dry cask storage, as well as those already approved for ISFSI sites. This introductory course will be helpful for new plant employees, project managers in fuel management, nuclear and reactor system engineers, equipment providers and consultants to nuclear plants, as well as risk managers, attorneys, and paralegals specializing in nuclear power and energy regulations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the full makeup of a nuclear fuel assembly, equipment requirements, and leak testing
  • Define the replacement requirements and location options on dry cask storage canisters
  • Outline all NRC regulations as they relate to safety requirements, fuel management, and licensing
  • Compare typical dry cask fuel storage design systems, processes, and safety
  • Evaluate spent fuel pool systems compared to dry cask storage canisters in reference to cost, implementation processes, and monitoring requirements
  • Assess the nuclear fuel transfer process from wet to dry storage in all plant types and storage containers
  • Quantify the environmental impact and public health risks associated with spent fuel pools and dry cask storage
  • Leverage the current technological advances in dry cask storage and the availability of dry storage on the market to limit up-front cost
  • Discuss the future of long-term storage options for nuclear plants



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credits.

Instructional Methods

Power point presentations and classroom group discussions will be used in this course.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Introduction to Nuclear Systems and Fuel Storage
  • Introduction to common nuclear acronyms
  • Outline of relevant NRC regulations for reference throughout the course
  • Makeup of a fuel assembly
  • Outlining Spent Fuel Pool Systems (SFPs)
  • Heat load / decay heat

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m. :: The Impact and Future of Dry Cask Storage
  • Capacity issues for existing SFPs, dense-packing, and the case for dry cask storage
  • Fuel emergency preparedness requirements for both natural disasters and physical site security
  • Environmental impact of SFPs vs. dry cask canisters
  • Temperature limits in dry cask storage
  • Internal gases and protection for temperature control
  • Casks for transport and final disposal

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Dry Cask Regulations and Designs
  • Typical dry cask fuel storage system designs – horizontal vs. vertical designs, concrete pad, and thermal analysis in air convection
  • Equipment requirements, leak testing, and stress corrosion concerns
  • Understanding various transfer processes in different reactor types and new cask designs
  • Safety regulations for the transfer process
  • Location of dry cask storage – at-reactor and away-from-reactor, and the associated monitoring requirements
  • Replacement requirements for dry casks after transfer

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Challenges and Implementation Strategies
  • Analyzing existing dry cask technologies
  • Up-front investment required
  • Technological improvements on the horizon to limit costs
  • Overall availability of dry cask systems in the market

5:00 p.m. :: Course Day 1 Wrap-up

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Current NRC Regulations and Industry Evolution
  • Existing ISFSI sites and future approval processes
  • General licenses vs. specific licenses and associated NRC requirements
  • Length of time approved for dry cask storage – short, long, and indefinite
  • Nuclear safety review history and compliance requirements on fuel storage
  • Current waste removal process and DOT regulations on transportation
  • The move from waste confidence to the Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel, and other related regulatory updates
  • Discussion on the current state of permanent waste disposal, and expectations on how this might develop

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:30 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Summary, Sources, and Examination
  • Review of covered content
  • Open forum for discussion and questions
  • Examination
  • References

12:00 p.m. :: Course Concludes


Brian Gutherman, President, Gutherman Technical Services, LLC

Mr. Gutherman is a professional engineer with 35 years of experience focused on licensing, operating,
maintaining, and modifying commercial nuclear facilities and spent fuel storage and transportation
casks. He is a registered professional engineer, and has extensive experience in nuclear licensing (10 CFR
Parts 50, 71, and 72) quality assurance, design modifications, and system engineering.

His career has included positions in engineering, quality assurance, and licensing with companies such
as Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, Florida Power Corporation, and Holtec International.
Along the way, he has held a variety of engineering positions including project engineer, mechanical
design and system engineering supervisor, and licensing manager accountable for the performance
of permanent staff personnel as well as project-specific matrix organizations. He has been responsible
for system reliability, plant performance, and projects of varying budgets up to and including a multimillion dollar condenser retubing project for a nuclear power station. He also supported the first-ever conversion of nuclear power plant technical specifications to the new, improved standard format. As
part of the emergency response team at a Florida nuclear power plant, Mr. Gutherman served as a
technical liaison with the print and broadcast media.

A 1982 graduate with high honors from Rutgers University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering,
he is a long-time member of the American Nuclear Society and earned his Senior Reactor Operator
certification in 1997. He holds, or has held professional engineering licenses in several states, including
Florida, New York, Washington, and New Jersey.


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2999 Windy Hill Road
Marietta, GA 30067

To reserve your room, please call 1-770-956-1234 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $139.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of March 27 – 30, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to March 5, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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