"From Its Birthplace: A Symposium on the Future of Nuclear Power"
March 27 and 28, 2012
University of Pittsburgh – William Pitt Union
This symposium stood distinctly apart from others because of the attention that Pittsburgh commands as the birthplace of nuclear power and hub of energy industries, and the completely unique posture of the Three Mile Island accident to this day as a case study of nuclear crisis management under the Thornburgh administration.
Our program featured a broad span of distinguished guest speakers from the nuclear industry, fossil fuel and passive energy experts, the academic and scientific communities, and government leaders from federal, state, and local agencies within the United States as well as representatives from overseas.
The experience at Three Mile Island was thrust to the forefront again last March by the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, and this March will mark both the first anniversary of Fukushima Daiichi and the thirty-third anniversary of Three Mile Island.
Governor Dick Thornburgh, whose Forum for Law and Public Policy, is a sponsor of this Nuclear Conference, was Governor of Pennsylvania at the time of the accident at Three Mile Island, in 1979. His participation at the conference and insights will be especially meaningful. Visit the Thornburgh Archives for Three Mile Island videos and more information.
Session titles were as follows:
- Nuclear Power and Energy Alternatives
- America's Nuclear Future
- Three Mile Island. Chernobyl. Fukushima Daiichi
- Legal and Financial Aspects of Nuclear Power
This symposium was sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy and the Swanson School of Engineering.
Governor Dick Thornburgh opened the symposium with a welcome to our guests and speakers. Remarks from Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and Dean Gerald Holder were also presented during this two day symposium.
Our distinguished guest speakers included:
To view a speaker's biography, please click on their name.
The Honorable Vicky A. Bailey, Anderson Stratton International, LL. Honorable Bailey is a member of the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.
Ann Bisconti, President of Bisconti Research, Inc.
Adolf Birkhofer, Managing Director of the Institute for Safety and Reliability in Germany.
Dr. Mark Cooper, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School
Barton Cowan, Senior Counsel, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Dr. Anthony Cugini, Director, United States Department of Energy, NETL
Harold Denton, Former Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation at the Nuclear Regulatory Commision (NRC)
Jim Ferland, Current position: President, Westinghouse, Americas.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Westinghouse Electric Company effective 4/1/12
Barton J. Gordon - Partner at K&L Gates. Former Congressman.
Brian Johnson - Vice President, US markets for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's new plant business
Isao Kato, Deputy General Manager, Nuclear Power Department, Tohoku EPCo in Japan
Steve Kuczynski, Chairman, President and CEO of Southern Nuclear
Matthias Kurth, Former President, Federal Network Agency, Germany
David Lochbaum, Director, Nuclear Safety Project, Union of Concerned Scientists
Dr. Peter B. Lyons, Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy
The Honorable William Magwood IV, Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission(NRC)
Dr. Patrick Moore, Chair of CASEnergy Coalition
Robert F. Powelson, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)
Peter P. Sena III, President and Chief Operating Officer, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company
Matthew Wald, Environment and energy reporter at The New York Times
Video Presentation by:
Senator Lamar Alexander, United States Senator, Tennessee.
David Shribman - Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Doug Heuck - Publisher Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine and director of the Regional Indicators at Pittsburghtoday.org
Kathy Kiely - Managing Editor, Sunlight Foundation Reporting. Formerly a reporter for the Pittsburgh Press who covered Three Mile Island.
Bill Flanagan - Executive Vice President - Corporate Relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Host of "Our Region's Business" on WPXI-TV.
Dr. Marsha R. Torr, YourScienceEditors
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Thank you to Chancellor Nordenberg, all of our guest speakers, moderators, and our audience for your contribution in making this event a success.
This event registration fee was $300. In addition, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit
was offered as follows:
March 27, 2012 sessions. This
course was presented in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of
Law. It was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education
Board for Four and One-Half (4.5) hours of substantive credit. Cost $45.
March 28, 2012 sessions. This course was presented in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. It was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for Seven (7.0) hours of substantive credit. Cost $70.
Professional Development Hours (PDHs) verification were provided, upon request, for professional engineers for two PDHs for each session attended (eight PDHs maximum).
Message from the Governor
The Forum was established at my Law School alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. In connection with the Dick Thornburgh Papers held by the University's Hillman Library, the Forum reflects my experiences in public life. It is in intended to foster discourse on issues vital to the preservation of our democratic system and the Rule of Law upon which that system depends.
Special thanks are due to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who has been unstinting in support of this effort since its inception. In addition, many others have provided time, resources and dedication to this undertaking. Under the direction of Dr. Edward McCord of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, we are putting our vision into action.