Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Plant Closure Fundamentals
July 7, 2020 | Online :: Central time

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This course will provide owners with an overview of steps to take in the plant closure process by sharing vital information and lessons that have been acquired by the experts involved. The process is a complicated one consisting of multiple specialties across the generation field. The knowledgeable instructors each brings with them years of experience in their field giving the course attendees a comprehensive view and interactive setting for which to engage and take back with them as much applicable information as possible. Some of the topics covered will be stakeholder management, environmental factors and assessments, financial considerations, reducing risk and avoiding safety hazards.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify what is involved with the different phases of a plant decommissioning project
  • Define one important component of decommissioning safety in having utilities isolated
  • Review the differences and options in retirement models
  • Evaluate the lessons learned by Detroit Edison through their consideration of decommissioning projects as large environmental projects
  • Define who should be involved from your company to get the ball rolling and stay rolling smoothly
  • Analyze how to stay in control and updated on environmental liabilities and clean-up
  • Evaluate why having a hand in managing your project can be important to you
  • Review additional safety considerations for every project
  • Identify project risks to consider
  • Judge methods of project reporting and site items like appearance and dust control
  • Review the basics of project cost estimating
  • Consider what the site should look like when the project is completed



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 0.7 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

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Overview of the Project Process

  • Safety moment
  • Decommissioning phases
  • Utility isolation for safe demolition
  • Selecting your retirement model
  • Example projects

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 -2:15 p.m. :: Detroit Edison’s Lessons Learned

  • Every demolition project is also a large environmental project
  • Dewatering demo sites can carry inherent environment concerns
  • Planning site dewatering early can save headaches later

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: What Owner’s Should Know Part 1

  • Project team selection: Who should be involved from your company to get the ball rolling and stay rolling smoothly
  • Staying in control and updated on environmental liabilities and clean-up
  • Why having a hand in managing your project can be important to you
  • Lessons learned doing a 1280MW Power Plant demolition and decommissioning project at the St. Johns River Power Park for Florida Power & Light and the Jacksonville Electric Authority

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: What Owner’s Should Know Part 2

  • Additional safety review
    • Selecting the safest contractors with the lowest EMR, TRIR, DART, etc. with Outstanding IS Networld Ratings and no Willfuls or Fatalities
    • Somewhere in between
    • Does the utility just want the lowest price
  • Project risks
    • Any active/utilities that are staying – switch yards, overhead high voltage, water, Etc.
    • Bodies of water in close proximity to the public are an environmental risk
    • Security of the site
    • Has the plant been compromised structurally
    • Has the plant been idle – Asbestos broken
    • Need for dust suppression
  • Reporting
    • Daily reports, manifests, weight tickets for scrap, weekly meetings
  • Appearance
    • Fabric fencing to provide site cover
  • Dust suppression – determine expectations
  • Basics of project cost estimating
  • Site appearance upon completion

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion: Review and Open Question Session with Instructors


Jeffery L. Pope PE, Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

Mr. Pope has more than 29 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of soil and groundwater remediation systems, decommissioning/demolition studies for power plants, demolition specification development and bid evaluations for various facilities and the investigation and remediation of sediments. Mr. Pope earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently a licensed professional engineer in 23 states. His recent focus has been providing utilities and power cooperatives with assistance for the decommissioning and demolition of coal-fired power plants following the decision to close. Specifically, Mr. Pope concentrates primarily the closure of ash ponds, ash landfills, coal piles, investigation and remediation of historic fuel and PCBs releases, as well as the removal of hazardous materials (including asbestos) prior to demolition activities.

Timothy O’Connor, CHMM, Project Engineer, Major Enterprise Projects, DTE Energy 

Frank Bodami, Managing Member, Total Wrecking & Environmental, LLC

Frank Bodami brings more than 35 years of demolition and environmental remediation field experience to Total Wrecking & Environmental clients. Frank has a reputation for honesty, fairness and thoroughness, providing clients with peace of mind and maintaining the demolition company’s position at the forefront of the demolition and environmental remediation industries. He is responsible for overseeing the activities of the business, including production, equipment purchasing, environmental management, and personnel supervision. Frank is an active participant on all job sites where he handles estimating, negotiating, troubleshooting, and providing clients with a high degree of owner accessibility and accountability, resulting in superior customer service and satisfaction. Frank has contributed to the National Demolition Association as a member of the Board of Directors, as chair of the Risk Management Committee and member of the Safety Committee.

Joe Vendetti, Senior Vice President of Industrial Services, Integrated Demolition and Remediation Inc

Joe has 34 years in the D&D business.  He has successfully bid, won, and run the demolition & abatement of 33 power plants for 24 utilities located in 13 different U.S. states which accounts for 118 boilers and 15,953 MW’s. Mr. Vendetti holds a technical undergraduate degree in Operations Research and a MBA from RPI in Troy NY. He has served on the National Demolition Association (NDA) Safety Committee twice,  provided expert court testimony in demolition accidents in the US & UK, and currently is the SR VP of Industrial Services for Integrated Demolition Services (IDR).

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.

  • 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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