D&RS 2016 is a joint effort of the Decommissioning and Environmental Science (DES) and Robotics and Remote Systems (RRS) Divisions.  This meeting serves as a forum for the discussion of the social, regulatory, scientific, and technical aspects of decontamination, decommissioning, reutilization, waste management and the use of remote technology.  The 2016 conference program will include commercial, government, and international project updates and will present project management, technology, and regulatory developments in the areas of decommissioning, waste management, site closure, and legacy management.  DR&S 2016 is co-sponsored by 11 international professional societies.  The keynote speakers and panelists for the Opening Plenary are listed below.


  • Danny Roderick – Westinghouse
  • Bill Magwood – NEA
  • Monica Regalbuto – DOE Robotics Program


  • Robin Murphy – TAMU
  • Jorgen Pederson – RE2
  • David Allard – PA Bureau of Radiation Protection
  • Pam Collins – Exelon Zion
  • Alejandro Tomas Rodriguez Fernandez – Westinghouse Spain/UK D&D
  • Pete Leombruni (Asia D&D Needs) –  Westinghouse

In addition to the Opening Plenary, there is a special session which brings together the following leaders from the previous wave of large reactor decommissioning to discuss issues and lessons learned that are still relevant to today’s decommissioning programs:


  • Tom Laguardia, Laguardia & Associates


  • Lanny Dusek – Fluor – “The Trojan Experience”
  • Russ Mellor – Shipsrock Consulting, LLC – “The Yankee Experience”
  • Richard St.Onge – Black & Veatch Energy – “The San Onfre 1 Experience”
  • Thomas Nauman – Energy Solutions – “The Evolution of the Decommissioning Operations Contractor”
  • Bruce Watson – Nuclear Regulatory Commission – The Nuclear Regulatory Experience

In addition, the Final Plenary will feature:

  • Mike Casey – FENOC – “Three Mile Island Unit 2:  Today and Future Plans”
  • Desmond Chan – Bechtel National, Inc. – “Chernobyl:  Thirty Years After”
  • Michael Siemann – Nuclear Energy Agency – “NEA Expert Working Group Report on Fukushima Waste Management and Decommissioning R&D”
  • Sheldon Lefkowitz – Pentek – “PENTEK Machines at Fukushima and Thinking Outside the Box”
  • Rod Rimando- Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management – “Use of Remote Technology in Hazardous Environments”
  • Steve Larson – – “Overbooking Decommissioning”

There is also a comprehensive technical program, a Technology Expo, technical tours, and numerous networking activities and opportunities for attendees and guests.  Check back often for updates!


For more information or any questions about the meeting, please contact Jim Byrne at or Sue Aggarwal at