An Inside View: US Federal Government Approves Yet Another Nuclear Energy Plant for Construction
30 Mar, 2012
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Julie Ezell, NA-YGN Member
Six years out of college and I never dreamed I would be here – working on a project to license and construct two new nuclear units.
Working at SCE&G has afforded me the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the project. I was part of the team that wrote and submitted the COL application to the NRC, answered requests for additional information, participated in site audits and inspections, participated in preparations for ACRS and Mandatory hearings and serve as the lead for the ITAAC (Inspections, Tests, Analyses and Acceptance Criteria) program.
Life on the project has been busy, dynamic, and challenging with frequent trips to Washington, D.C. for public meetings with the NRC and sometimes working late nights and weekends to meet deadlines.
One thing that still amazes me every day is the collaborative and open nature of the industry. I interact daily with utilities from all over the southeast who are also pursuing the opportunity to build an AP1000 to share information and work together. The thing I enjoy most about my job is the dedicated team that I have the opportunity to work with. Many of the people on the project were involved with the construction and start-up of Unit 1 and bring that experience to the team. It has been very rewarding for me to watch the site preparations progress in the six years I have been here, and one of the more impressive activities was the assembly of the Heavy Lift Derrick (HLD). I am excited to be a part of this team and am looking forward to the affirmation session for the VC Summer Units 2 and 3 Mandatory Hearing Decision, the culmination of many years of hard work from many parties.