Regulatory Expert Ken Heffner Joins Certrec’s Office of Assessment and Recovery

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Noted Regulatory Oversight Expert Brings Regulatory Compliance, ROP, MSPI, Maintenance Rule, Safety Culture, Root Cause, and 9500X Recovery Skills to Assist Certrec Clients

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We are excited to welcome Ken Heffner to Certrec,” says Ted Enos, CEO. “People in the industry recognize Ken and his track record with NRC, ROPTF, MSPI, Root Causes, 9500X, and Safety Culture. He will bring those skills when assisting Certrec customers.

Certrec, a leading regulatory licensing and compliance solutions provider, is pleased to announce that noted regulatory affairs expert Ken Heffner has joined Certrec’s Office of Assessment and Recovery.

Mr. Heffner brings over 35 years of experience to the Office of Assessment and Recovery, including plant and corporate experience to address compliance, Reactor Oversight Process, 9500X Inspection, Safety Culture, Maintenance Rule, and NFPA-805 issues.

“We are excited to welcome Ken Heffner to Certrec,” says Ted Enos, CEO. “People in the industry recognize Ken as a seasoned leader with direct NEI, MSPI, ROP and NFPA-805 experience over a long and successful career with Progress Energy. His ability to cut through regulatory complexity extends from plant licensing and operations issues, to developing recovery actions for Column III of the NRC Action Matrix, to working directly with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC),” notes Enos.

Ken Heffner joins Certrec’s Office of Assessment and Recovery (OAR), a suite of services that address compliance, 9500X recovery issues, and performance improvement. “Certrec’s ability to offer regulatory strategy, communications planning, root cause evaluation, corrective actions, independent recovery assessment, and effectiveness monitoring attracted my attention,” says Heffner. “I feel I can help many of my industry colleagues with the complexity of MSPI, ROP, and safety culture issues by partnering with Certrec and OAR.”

“I am pleased to have Ken Heffner join the Office of Assessment and Recovery,” says Tom Houghton, Director of OAR with Certrec. “Ken and I have worked closely together over the past eight years while I was at NEI. In fact, I asked Ken to serve as my ROP project manager for a year and a half, and he is well respected by industry and NRC leaders for his knowledge of all aspects of the ROP, especially MSPI.

He is also very interested in providing training to licensing and systems engineers in the intricacies of MSPI. He has taken a strong interest in safety culture, and coordinated fleet implementation of the NEI 09-07 Safety Culture initiative with Progress Energy. He was a member of the NEI/NRC NFPA 805 Task Force and taught Risk-Informed Operational Decision Management courses at MIT. Our clients are able to access this knowledge and experience on an as-needed basis with a call to Certrec,” adds Houghton.

For more information on the Office of Assessment and Recovery, please click here or call Tom Houghton at 817-738-7661.

Founded in 1988, CERTREC is a regulatory and compliance solutions provider that helps utilities manage the NRC, FERC, and NERC regulatory process to their advantage. With more than 250 cumulative years of regulatory and industry experience, Certrec’s licensing and compliance solutions, performance improvement, and technical services solutions help professionals better manage the risks of the regulatory and compliance process.

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