Engineering Planning and Management (EPM) & Nuclear Safety Associates (NSA) to Combine Expertise, Resources to Address Severe Nuclear Reactor Accidents

Johnson City, TN, August 18, 2011 --( Two veteran firms in the nuclear industry, Engineering Planning and Management (EPM) and Nuclear Safety Associates (NSA) are combining their considerable expertise in nuclear safety analysis, risk assessment and regulatory compliance to offer advanced services and solutions for nuclear plant operators addressing severe accident risks, regulatory responses, and mitigation of offsite consequences.

EPM and NSA are leveraging decades of experience to offer clients a focused, dedicated team and state-of-the-art analysis technologies to perform the range of severe reactor accident assessments required to respond to new regulatory inquiries and compliance evaluations.

“Recent incidents in Japan have cast a spotlight on the nuclear industry and renewed a focus on severe accidents," says Wade Larson, president of Engineering Planning and Management. "In response, we are teaming with NSA to offer nuclear plant operators our complementary teams of experts and techniques to prevent severe accident scenarios and mitigate their consequences without the plant owners incurring excess operational and financial burdens. EPM and NSA have both been leaders in nuclear safety for many years, delivering the innovative strategies and technical excellence required for success in this demanding industry, and we look forward to our continued success as a team.”

Comprehensive services to be offered by EPM and NSA include: analyses of Level 2 & 3 probabilistic risk assessments (PRA) based on a facility’s existing PRA results, scenario simulations for degraded cores, containment systems, venting and filtering systems to develop updated facility source terms, modeling of plume dispersions, evacuation plans, and population doses to improve the facility response plans and to mitigate health and economic consequences of any severe accidents.

“Combining the expertise and power of NSA and EPM as a single source under one contract offers clients the optimum solution,” says Nuclear Safety Associates President Robert Frost, Ph.D. “Our two companies offer the best talent in the industry when it comes to nuclear safety, leveraging decades of experience and success, while focused solely on assisting clients with meeting escalating industry standards and requirements to eliminate risks.”

About EPM
Engineering Planning and Management, Inc. (EPM) has provided regulatory compliance strategies and analysis expertise to nuclear power utilities for more than 30 years, and today offers advanced engineering, software systems and risk assessment services to a variety of capital-intensive industries with unique safety challenges. EPM offers nuclear plant operators an exceptional combination of electrical and systems engineering, probabilistic risk analysis, fire protection, containment systems simulation, and software solutions to support the new regulatory focus on severe reactor accidents and their consequences. EPM’s leadership in complex nuclear regulatory compliance challenges is exemplified by its preparation of the first non-pilot plant NFPA 805 Transition License Amendment Request (LAR) submittal to the US NRC.

About NSA
Nuclear Safety Associates, Inc. (NSA) is an industry leader in helping clients to establish a rigorous safety basis for nuclear operations that is consistent with applicable regulatory requirements. NSA has extensive experience working in both the NRC and DOE regulatory environments, and supports new design and construction projects, operating facilities, and nuclear facility decontamination and decommissioning. NSA has expertise at all professional levels of radiological engineering and the company’s nuclear engineers and Certified Health Physicists (CHPs) participate in a wide variety of activities, including source term generation, dose assessment, dose reconstruction, atmospheric dispersion, pathway modeling, and external event consequence analysis.

Nuclear Safety Associates
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