Congratulations to Joseph Sinicrope EMSTL’ 19, on achieving a “Superior” rating at the WM Symposia 2018 Conference on a paper he submitted on developing, testing, and evaluating technologies intended for use in the decommissioning and environmental remediation of nuclear facilities. Entitled, International Standards Development and Its Role in Transitioning D&D Technologies to Deployment, Sinicrope presented this paper at the WM2018 session, Robotics: Application of Innovative D&D Technologies and Remote Systems.
Sinicrope currently serves as a Research Scientist for the Applied Research Center at Florida International University, and also serves as Chairman, ASTM International E10.03 Subcommittee for Radiological Protection for Decontamination and Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities and Components. The manuscript serves as the basis for his Critical Challenge Project (CCP) and focuses on using applied science to address critical enablers required for successfully transitioning and deploying technologies into highly regulated environments. Commenting on the value of EMSTL for the advancement of his work, Sinicrope shared,
This program, with its emphasis on science and technology leadership, is the ideal fit for any practitioner with a desire to successfully navigate the complex, nuanced intricacies associated with leading technology development programs.
Building the box is more often than not the easy part of the equation. Successfully transitioning that box into an operational environment, especially one that is highly regulated like mine, represents some of the most significant challenges to any technology development effort.
At the end of the day, the measure of success is deployment not just development. The Brown University EMSTL Program has been instrumental in providing a framework to anticipate, think through, and tackle exactly those types of challenges.
Sinicrope previously served as an Intelligence Officer with the United States Marine Corps for 22 years, where he commanded and lead organizations at various levels across the globe, including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and South and Central America as well as the Caribbean.
The annual WM Symposium is a forum for discussing and seeking safe and cost-effective solutions to managing and dispositioning radioactive waste and decommissioning nuclear facilities. It established the “Superior Paper” recognition to recognize authors and co-authors for distinguished contributions to the advancement of radioactive waste and radioactive material management.
Sinicrope’s paper was evaluated by peers and subject matter experts across the DOE’s Office of Environmental Management. In a congratulatory letter, WM Symposia wrote that his paper,
…demonstrated superb knowledge and understanding, and lays the foundation for future waste management endeavors… It is individuals like you that continue to move this industry forward.
This paper / manuscript provides a framework for how international standards development can facilitate the introduction and deployment of state-of-the-art technologies developed to address high priority environmental, public, and worker safety requirements associated with the deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) and environmental remediation of radioactively contaminated facilities identified by the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Broader implications and benefits of this paper include a framework that:
- Facilitates the development and deployment of the novel, cost-effective environmental restoration technologies for nuclear sites that significantly mitigate risk and enhance public and worker safety.
- Provides a scientific basis/foundation for updating regulations, policy directives, and federal agency predictive modeling simulations used to calculate and manage risk during D&D and environmental remediation activities of designated sites.
- Institutionalizes uniform, international standards and testing protocols for environmental restoration technologies deployed to radioactively contaminated sites.
- Promotes an adaptive management framework among various stakeholders (US and international agencies, national laboratories, academia, private industry) that builds. consensus to address technology research, development, testing, validation and certification requirements for environmental restoration technologies
- Provides the scientific basis for re-evaluating components related to cost estimates and schedules
- Provides a scientific basis for communicating risks to the public on environmental and worker safety issues associated with restoration of nuclear sites