The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has opened registration for its 29th annual Regulatory Information Conference (RIC), which is scheduled for March 14-16, 2017. The conference will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott, which is located at 5701 Marinelli Road in Bethesda, Maryland.
Approximately 3,000 people are expected to attend the RIC including industry executives, representatives from state governments, non-governmental organizations, individual community members, and representatives from dozens of foreign countries. The conference is an opportunity for attendees to discuss issues related to the safety and security of commercial nuclear facilities and current regulatory activities.
The RIC program will feature NRC Chair Stephen Burns as the keynote speaker. Additional program highlights will include plenary sessions with Commissioner Kristine Svinicki and Commissioner Jeff Baran.
NRC’s Executive Director for Operations Victor McCree will deliver remarks. Bill Dean, Director of NRR, will give welcome and introductory remarks. This year’s special guest speaker is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Robert Willard. Located in Atlanta, INPO is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability—to promote excellence—in the operation of nuclear electric generating plants.
Other technical sessions will address significant domestic and international issues such as cybersecurity, subsequent license renewal, advanced and small modular reactors, spent fuel research activities, recent reactor material issues and the reactor oversight process.
The NRC’s offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation and Nuclear Regulatory Research jointly host the RIC. The conference is open to the public. Registration is required, but there is no registration fee.
The deadline for online registration is February 28, 2017. Early registration is encouraged; however, onsite registration will also be available during the conference.
Additional RIC information, including a copy of the agenda and online registration links, is available on the NRC website at www.nrc.gov.