Fort Myers, FL, December 23, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Veteran Firms in the Nuclear Industry Announce New Venture Combining Expertise, Resources to Address Seismic Hazards & Risk Assessment
Two veteran firms in the nuclear industry, Engineering Planning and Management (EPM) and Nuclear Safety Associates (NSA), are combining their expertise in nuclear safety analysis, risk assessment and regulatory compliance to offer advanced services and solutions for nuclear plant licensees addressing seismic hazards and risk assessment.
In response to pending changes in regulatory requirements from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), EPM and NSA are leveraging their collective experience to offer clients a focused, dedicated team and the latest analysis technologies to perform the seismic and structural response analyses required, along with the corresponding probabilistic risk assessments.
“Recent attention on seismic activity around the world, along with the earthquake that hit the eastern U.S. this year, has lead to intensified regulatory focus on seismic hazards and risks for U.S. nuclear facilities,” said Wade Larson, president of Engineering Planning and Management. "The combination of NSA’s strengths and experience in seismic and structural engineering with EPM’s expertise in systems engineering and probabilistic risk assessment offers nuclear facility operators the strongest team of industry experts to respond to these increasing demands.”
EPM and NSA offer a comprehensive set of services to support nuclear power plant licensees responding to the anticipated NRC Generic Letter for “Seismic Risk Evaluations for Operating Reactors” associated with the resolution to Generic Issue 199 (GI-199). The EPM/NSA team offers the talent and experience necessary to address these issues in key areas of hazards analysis, seismic hazards, seismic margins, fragility analysis and probabilistic risk assessment. The EPM/NSA team provides licensees with a complete solution designed to meet both the NRC requirements stated in the Generic Letter and, if necessary, the industry and NRC quality requirements for either a Seismic Probabilistic Risk Assessment (SPRA) or a Seismic Margins Analysis (SMA). In addition, the EPM/NSA team has developed an introductory course designed to explain the methodology necessary to meet the NRC requirements in the Generic Letter. Course details and schedule may be obtained from the company websites.
“The ability to perform all aspects of the SMA and the SPRA by employing highly regarded experts and utilizing state-of-the art analysis techniques is a unique capability that sets us apart from the competition," said Nuclear Safety Associates President Robert Frost, Ph.D. “We have the ability to hit the ground running and provide clients with immediate, comprehensive and effective solutions to meet new requirements.”
This new venture by EPM and NSA builds on a recent joint marketing agreement between the two companies to offer comprehensive services to improve facility response plans and to mitigate health and economic consequences of all severe accidents. Client services offered under this joint agreement 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 and evacuation plans.
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 probabilistic risk analysis, systems engineering and advanced thermal-hydraulic simulations, and nuclear regulatory compliance support for the new regulatory focus on seismic hazards and their risk to safe plant operations. www.epm-inc.com
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 nuclear engineering, radiological engineering, and seismic and structural engineering. The company’s nuclear engineers, seismic/structural engineers, and Certified Health Physicists (CHPs) participate in a wide variety of activities, including seismic structural response analyses, source term generation, dose assessment, atmospheric dispersion, safety analysis, and external event analyses for nuclear facilities. www.nuclearassociates.com