MOX project on tap for First Friday

What does the future hold for the MOX project at the Savannah River Site?  There is much speculation on this major project being built by Shaw AREVA MOX Services and now placed on cold standby. 

Last week South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the state filed a lawsuit intended to keep the federal government from defunding MOX, a multi-billion dollar project to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

Chamber members will have an opportunity to learn more about the MOX project’s impact on the community at the April 4th First Friday Means Business.

Guest speaker David C. Jones, AREVA’s senior vice president for the Back End Business Group for North America, will share an overview of the MOX project.  His presentation will focus on the current crisis surrounding the project, including what will happen to the employees and when, what it will mean to our region, and what it will mean to America. 

Jones has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry with a diverse mixture of both technical and regulatory expertise.  His knowledge includes nuclear policy, new nuclear development, the nuclear fuel cycle, and high-level radioactive waste management,

In his current position, he is responsible for Transnuclear Inc., the back end activities of AREVA Federal Services (AFS), the commercial reactor decommissioning and promoting recycling of used fuel in the U.S.  Jones is a member of AREVA’s U.S. Executive Committee (USCOM). 

Prior to joining AREVA in August 2010, he worked for Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C., where he was vice president of Nuclear Development. 

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