By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Planning
April 7-8, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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“Very knowledgeable. Mr. York is a great teacher.” – State of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

”Ron was not only knowledgeable, but very practical. More important, demonstrated a great concern for each student in the class to ensure that no one was lost. Kudos.” – Exelon

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Nuclear Power Plant Operations, April 6-7, 2021

The Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Introduction to Emergency Planning course provides attendees with a clear understanding of how these powerful plants plan to protect the public if an incident occurs. The course will describe: how plants are built for safety, the inherent stability of nuclear plants, what decay heat and radiation is, how radiation release is minimized, how the emergency plan is developed, and how the emergency plan is tested. Functions of nuclear safety components of the nuclear plant site will be described (containment, containment spray, safety injection, decay heat removal). Plant staffing and roles will be addressed including critical and non-critical personnel. Requirements for conducting an emergency drill and discussion of major drill tasks and roles of supporting agencies will be presented. Participants will complete the course with full comprehension of, and appreciation for, the functions of the NPP and the protections of the public in the nuclear environment. 

Topics include: 

The following emergency planning topics and areas of interest will be discussed over a day and a half: 

  • Why Nuclear Power
  • Basic PWR and BWR Difference Review
  • Basic Reactor Safety Systems
  • 10CFR Safety System Design Objectives
  • Reactor Accidents and Anticipated Operational Occurrences Explained
  • Radiation Types and Their Biological Effects
  • 10CFR Allowed Doses for Normal and Accident Conditions
  • Emergency Planning Goals
  • NRC, INPO, State and Local Responsibilities
  • Emergency Planning Classifications
  • NUREG 1022 Review for Emergency Planning
  • Emergency Planning Zones
  • Protective Action Recommendations
  • Examples of Initiating Conditions
  • Essential Personnel Roles and Responsibilities
  • Basic Log keeping
  • Communication Systems
  • Drill/Exercise Development and Testing

Learning Outcomes 

  • Discuss why we need nuclear power and its rewards
  • Identify basic design differences of PWR and BWR nuclear plants
  • Describe nuclear power plant safety systems, concepts of redundancy, and defense-in-depth for mitigating accidents 
  • Identify the design objectives, major components, and functions of nuclear power plant safety systems 
  • Describe site staffing and personnel assignments required for emergency planning
  • Discuss the roles of Federal, State, and local agencies responsible for emergency planning
  • Identify the emergency planning zones of concern, and the related protective action guidelines associated with accidents 
  • Provide examples of accident types and initiating conditions for activating the emergency plan
  • Describe the requirements and goals associated with the planning and conducting of an emergency plan drill



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 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods 

PowerPoint presentations with directed classroom discussions will be used in this course. 


Wednesday, April 7, 2021 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. :: Log In

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Course Introduction and Nuclear Design Presentation 

  • Why Nuclear Power?
  • Basic PWR and BWR Review
    • PWR Design
    • BWR Design
  • Basic Reactor Safety Systems
    • Barriers to Radiation Release
    • Containment
    • Containment Spray
    • Safety Injection
    • Decay Heat Removal
  • 10CFR Safety System Design Objectives

Accidents and Radiation 

  • Reactor Accidents and Anticipated Operational Occurrences
  • FSAR Accident Analysis
  • Radiation Types and Their Biological Effects
    • Alpha
    • Beta
    • Gamma
    • Neutron
    • Penetration Power and Biological Effects
  • 10CFR Allowed Doses for Normal and Accident Conditions

Thursday, April 8, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Emergency Planning Goals 

  • Emergency Planning Goals
  • What is INPO and NEI and Their Role
  • Federal, State, Local Responsibilities

Emergency Planning Classifications 

    • NUREG 1022 Explained
    • Emergency Planning Classifications
    • Emergency Planning Zones
    • Protective Action Recommendations
    • Examples of Initiating Conditions

Personnel and their Roles 

  • Essential Personnel Roles and Responsibilities
  • Basic Log Keeping
  • Basic Communication Systems

Drill Development and Evaluation 

  • Drill/Exercise Development and Testing


Mr. Ronald L. York, Nuclear Industry Consultant 

Mr. York has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial nuclear power industry. Ron began his career as a naval submarine reactor operator, followed by several years of building submarines at Electric Boat. He began working in the commercial nuclear industry as a cold licensed senior reactor operator (SRO) at Waterford 3 outside New Orleans shortly after the Three Mile Island event. Ron served in many capacities with Entergy and six other nuclear power companies. During his career, besides holding an active NRC SRO license until 1990, he held multiple SRO certifications and worked at both Combustion Engineering (CE) and Westinghouse sites. Ron has been a control room supervisor, refueling supervisor, outage and containment coordinator, emergency plan writer /drill controller, and operations procedure writer. He was INPO certified as a Simulator and Classroom Operations Instructor and has written numerous operation and management training curricula, and presented lectures and simulator training in nuclear power plant operations for initial licensed operator candidates, requalification training for licensed and senior licensed operators, Shift Technical Advisors (STAs), senior management, and has written and administrated NRC initial and requalification exams. 

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Connection - Introduction to Nuclear Power Plant Emergency PlanningUS $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
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Nuclear Power Plant OperationsUS $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00

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