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David Crawley (Southern Nuclear), "SAFER: The U.S. Nuclear Industry’s Response to Natural Disasters"

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:00 PM


David Crawley (Southern Nuclear), "SAFER: The U.S. Nuclear Industry’s Response to Natural Disasters" Abstract: Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March 2011, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) formed a task force to provide the agency with recommendations for regulatory improvements for the commercial U.S. nuclear fleet. As a result, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued Order Enforcement Action EA 12-049 to all U.S. commercial nuclear licensees. The U.S. nuclear industry developed the FLEX strategy to fulfill the requirements as set forth in the NRC Order. FLEX is the “Diverse and Flexible Coping Strategies” as described in NEI 12-06, a Nuclear Energy Institute document. The FLEX strategy further ensures that U.S. nuclear sites are prepared for Beyond Design Basis External Events (BDBEE), e.g., seismic events, hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, volcanic activity, etc. The strategy for coping with these conditions involves the following three-phase approach:Phase 1: Initially cope by relying on installed site equipment.Phase 2: Transition from installed site equipment to on-site emergency equipment stored in hardened structures.Phase 3: Obtain long-term coping off-site emergency equipment from National SAFER Response Centers until power, water, and coolant injection systems are restored or commissioned.To meet the requirements of Phase 3, the Strategic Alliance for FLEX Emergency Response (SAFER) team, an alliance between Pooled Equipment Inventory Corporation (PEICo) and Framatome and was established. SAFER operates the nuclear industry’s National SAFER Response Centers (NSRC) located in Memphis, TN and Phoenix, AZ. SAFER’s mission is to deploy emergency response teams and off-site emergency equipment in the case of a major nuclear acciident or BDBEE to any nuclear plant/site in the U.S. within 24 hours. The equipment is designed to mitigate the effects of events that cause an extended loss of electrical power and/or a loss of access to a site’s ultimate heat sink. David Crawley is the Pooled Inventory Management (PIM) program manager for Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company that operates the nuclear facilities owned by Alabama Power and Georgia Power, also Southern Company subsidiaries. David began his career in 1987 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, as an engineer. He progressed through the ranks to become the lead main propulsion engineer for new U.S. Navy aegis guided missile cruisers and destroyers. In 1997, he accepted a position with Southern Company Services in Birmingham, Alabama, as a design engineer providing support to the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant. He transitioned to Southern Nuclear in 2002. Prior to being appointed to his current position at Southern Nuclear, David served as the company’s project manager for the Strategic Alliance for FLEX Emergency Response (SAFER) program, the U.S. nuclear industry’s emergency response to natural disasters impacting commercial nuclear sites. This position now reports directly to him. Throughout his 17-year career with Southern Nuclear, David has held leadership positions in Nuclear Oversight, Quality Assurance, Procurement and Business Development. He has also served as a qualified member in Southern Nuclear’s Emergency Response Organization. David has represented Southern Nuclear on various industry committees with the Electric Power Research Institute and served on industry review teams with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. David is a 1987 graduate of Mississippi State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.    About the seminar series: This lecture continues a speaker series featuring leading international experts on nuclear emergency response. Part of an NSF CAREER Award (PI Sonja Schmid, SES1351575) and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Science, Technology, and Society, with generous support from the Office of the Vice President for the National Capital Region,

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