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Nuclear power panel discussion to be held next week

By Staff | Jan 13, 2010

From left, Barbara Cooley, Mel Bleiberg, Harvey Padewer and Roger Heider.

A panel of experts in nuclear power will present a program on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Sanibel Public Library. The program will include brief presentations by each of the following people, all Sanibel residents, followed by a question-and-answer session on the subject of nuclear power.

Melvin L. Bleiberg retired after 35 years serving in various engineering management positions with the Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Divisions. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and served as the Chairman of the Material Science and Technology Division of that Society. He has published over 40 technical papers, has 12 patents, and edited one book. He has worked or had direct contact with every aspect of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Barbara Cooley is a public information specialist who worked for Battelle Memorial Institute on various projects for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including the Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation (ONWI). In the 1980s, she conducted public information programs about siting studies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Utah. In the 1990s, she worked on public involvement programs for more nuclear-waste related projects based in Amarillo, Texas and Hanford, Wa., including nuclear weapon dismantling, high-level nuclear waste vitrification, and the privatization of the clean-up of underground tanks holding mixed and high-level nuclear wastes.

Roger Heider has 41 years of experience in the design, engineering and licensing of major nuclear- and fossil-fueled generating stations. He joined Sargent & Lundy L.L.C. in 1965, where he was admitted to ownership in 1965 and became Executive Vice President/Director of Engineering in 1993. He is affiliated with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and Brookhaven National Laboratories and a member of the American Nuclear Society and the Project Management Institute, among others.

Harvey Padewer has had nearly 40 years of experience in all aspects of power generation and energy markets. He was a senior executive with Duke Energy, ABB and General Electric with responsibilities for nuclear, coal and gas power plant construction, operations, and energy trading and marketing. He served on the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Energy and is currently on the board of Entegra Energy Company.

Moderating the program will be retired science teacher Dick Calkins. For more information about the program, call him at 395-1751.

Presented by Panels of Sanibel, an ad-hoc committee that offers panels on in-depth coverage of topics previously discussed at Current Events sessions.