Nuclear Licensing and Regulatory Compliance Expert Mike O’Keefe Joins Certrec’s Office of Licensing and Compliance Team

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30 Year NextEra Energy/Seabrook Station Veteran to Assist Certrec Nuclear Clients with Licensing Issues, Regulatory Affairs, License Amendment Requests, Emergency Planning, Security, and Inspection Preparation Issues

Mike O'Keefe, Senior Project Manager

This is a critical time in the nuclear industry. We are excited to have Mike O’Keefe join the Certrec team. His licensing expertise and RUG I leadership will greatly assist our compliance clients. ~Ted Enos, President of Certrec

Certrec, a leading licensing and regulatory compliance service provider that supports NRC and NERC compliance, announced today that Mike O’Keefe, a noted nuclear engineering, operations, and regulatory compliance expert has joined its Office of Licensing and Compliance team as Senior Project Manager.

“We are excited to have Mike O’Keefe join the Certrec team,” says Ted Enos, President of Certrec. “Mike is known throughout the nuclear community for his broad industry knowledge, operational and compliance experience, and leadership skills. He joins us at a critical time in the nuclear industry when many generators are juggling lower-cost energy sources, falling demand, safety retrofit expenses, and rising operating costs – coupled with the risk of early retirement.”

“These issues can affect a plant’s licensing,” continues Enos. “As the former chairman of Regional Utility Group One (RUG I), an association of eighteen nuclear facilities, Mike’s ability to establish an open and honest dialogue with regulators ensured an accurate understanding of operator issues and compliance requirements.”

Mike served as NextEra Energy’s Seabrook Station Licensing Manager from 2006 to 2013. As Licensing Manager, Mike was responsible for ensuring compliance with Federal, State, and local regulatory requirements associated with operating the power plant. Leveraging technology and web services, he significantly increased Licensing efficiency – especially in the areas of inspection management.

In years prior, he served as Senior Reactor Operator – rising to Supervisor of Seabrook’s Safety Engineering and Operating Experience Review Program. As Licensing Engineer, Michael was instrumental in developing many of Seabrook’s License Amendment Requests.

“Certrec is doing things in the industry that few can match,” says O’Keefe. “In my 8 year relationship with Ted Enos, Al Haeger, Tom Houghton, Jim Peschel, Mark Reidmeyer and others, I’ve been impressed with Certrec’s people, professionalism, and support of the nuclear industry. Their multi-year participation in RUG I resulted in improved communication with the NRC and greater sharing of operating experience information.”

“I am excited to be a part of this solid company,” says O’Keefe, “as I predict the industry continues to face challenges presented by low natural gas prices and increased regulation and will need the support that Certrec can provide.”

Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology based organization providing regulatory support services in the electric power industry. With over 600 cumulative years of direct industry experience (including nuclear, fossil, and renewables), Certrec has developed exceptional capabilities to support regulatory activities emanating from regulatory entities such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) , North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others regulatory agencies. Certrec's Office of Licensing and Compliance (OLC), Office of Assessment and Recovery (OAR), Office of NERC Compliance (ONC), and Office of New Plant (ONP) services are used by utilities and entities across the United States to help manage the regulatory process to their advantage.

Certrec offers support from highly skilled and experienced industry professionals including degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Nuclear). Additionally Certrec's staff has multiple degreed personnel in physics, communications, a variety of MBAs, and information technology. This highly skilled team of personnel has direct working experience in all regulatory areas of licensing, compliance, and engineering including nuclear, fossil, and renewable generation and transmission.

For over 25 years, Certrec has been utilizing its hundreds of years of industry experience to help clients develop and manage solutions to complex regulatory issues. Combining this direct industry experience with Certrec's Information Technology assets has led to development of technology-based solutions and tools directly targeted to the electric power industry and specifically focused on helping clients manage regulatory issues.

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