As a one-stop shop, ADP brings under one roof all the key skills, experience, equipment, and assets required to perform all aspects of the project. All scopes of work are performed through efficiently integrated in-house capabilities leveraging our unique business model, technology, and stakeholder engagement strategies.
ADP offers a proven, efficient and flexible business model to remove the utility’s risks of decommissioning and spent fuel ownership for retired nuclear energy facilities. A transaction with ADP means that an “expert team” will reliably perform the work with excellence in safety, financial, regulatory and community engagement. An ADP transaction provides all decommissioning stakeholders with certainty and a turnkey solution that completes NRC License Termination for a fixed price on a guaranteed schedule.
ADP is uniquely qualified to provide customers with:
- Proven safety, environmental and radiological protection programs;
- The lowest total cost for decommissioning;
- The maximum amount of risk transfer and risk mitigation;
- A demonstrated ability to execute and meet our commitments;
- Proven regulatory support and compliance expertise – NRC, DOE, state, and local
ADP companies own the majority of the equipment that will be deployed on site to perform the work. This provides greater control over equipment availability, cost, and performance.
As the global leader in used fuel management, team member Orano’s portfolio includes pool-to-pad transfer of used fuel from the reactor to onsite dry storage, state-of-the-art storage systems, aging management technologies and services, and a reliable and safe transport system to move the fuel offsite. During and after decommissioning, ADP ensures that the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) operations and security are conducted in accordance with all regulations.
Team member Orano has the most advanced segmentation specialty tools and equipment in the industry, developed and improved through our experience in the U.S. and Germany. These tools are fully owned by Orano for dedicated use on decommissioning projects. ADP Team companies have performed multiple segmentation projects worldwide including five domestic projects: Yankee Rowe, Connecticut Yankee, Millstone 1 and Rancho Seco, which used mechanical cutting technology for RVI segmentation, and Maine Yankee, which used abrasive water jet technology for RVI segmentation.
ADP will self-perform decontamination and demolition (D&D) of all facilities. Our D&D philosophy is to perform the most work possible using the largest demolition equipment feasible. ADP member, NorthStar, owns and operates one the largest and most technically advanced fleets of equipment in the country. This fleet includes long-reach, large size machines to accomplish work safer and more productively than equipment typically used in the industry. During demolition, our Safety and Health staff will oversee and manage industrial safety, occupational safety, and radiological controls.
Like any industrial activity, a nuclear energy site has a finite life span. Following its restoration, a former nuclear energy site can be used to host new businesses and economic activity. The ADP approach to Site Restoration will ensure compliance with the end state criteria. ADP will work with NRC and State of Florida regulators early in the project to define and obtain formal approval of the end state and any environmental protections plans necessary to achieve the end state. We will remove, excavate, and demolish non-essential utilities, asphalt areas, roads, and structures to meet regulatory closure requirements. ADP will backfill utility and structure excavations and voids with approved materials. ISFSI access and security will be maintained throughout all site restoration activities.
A major component of the total cost of decommissioning is the cost of packaging and disposing of systems, structures and components, contaminated soil, resins, and water. Our waste management plans incorporate the most cost-effective disposal strategies, consistent with regulatory requirements for each waste type, and available methods for processing, packaging, and transporting radioactive waste in conjunction with the disposal facility options and associated waste acceptance criteria.
ADP has experience in all phases of large component transportation, including initial planning and studies. In particular, we are familiar with the licensing and public concern/political aspects of transportation. We also have had significant interactions with regulators, including the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and NRC for radiological material transportation. For instance, multiple large components have been shipped using our engineering methods and designs, such as reactor vessel closure heads, pressurizers, etc.
The ADP team includes WCS, which offers a state-of-the-art, high-capacity low-level radioactive waste disposal facility and the only facility in the United States that can directly dispose of all classes of waste from nuclear power plants. WCS is involved in the preliminary planning of all waste generation, from reactor internals segmentation to site restoration. With the unique and comprehensive capabilities of WCS, the ADP team reduces schedule, cost and risk.
Stakeholder relations cover a number of different concerns with some commonality but also specifics of the plant site and history. Stakeholders are also a diverse and plant dependent group, including Federal, State, and Local authorities, the local public, and the selling plant owner in the case of a transfer of ownership. Key strategies include start the communication process early to build knowledge and trust with the communities and regulators, have a strong understanding of EPA and State requirements and other relevant criteria, provide timely, accurate, complete, and high quality information.
With regulatory stakeholders, ADP has a well-known and established nuclear supplier with the NRC as well as a proven safe and environmentally conscious demolition and remediation company. ADP works early and proactively with each of these bodies to pre-establish the end-state conditions and good compliance processes to make the project as safe, efficient, and cost effective as possible, all being in our interest as an owner. ADP is experienced and comfortable with permanent ownership license transfer, including for the used fuel. Along with the License Transfer Application, ADP provides financial qualifications, organizational resources, a decommissioning cost estimate, and other items required by the NRC. Along with the transition management, ADP has the experience base and knowledge to assume ownership of the full range of regulatory requirements, licensing needs, local and state permitting needs and other considerations that represent the licensing basis of a nuclear facility.
ADP is committed to working with the site’s local community to establish trust and reach agreement on an acceptable acquisition and decommissioning solution. Engaging community stakeholders requires investing energy to develop good relationships and communications, being proactive, working with a community advisory panel, communicating clearly in understandable terminology, and recognizing the perception of decommissioning on the community as different from when the plant was in operations.
ADP recognizes the critical importance of people and organization structure to completing a successful decommissioning. This strategy is fundamentally built into the ADP organization structure and practices as a fully-integrated decommissioning company with a large pool of experienced nuclear decommissioning resources. As a standard practice, ADP also seeks to incorporate the skills, knowledge, and experience of key existing plant employees for decommissioning activities.