Forty-one stakeholders gathered in person and through teleconference to address areas of interest for the NESCC and its constituents. Following discussions on current task groups on concrete and a standards database, attendees agreed on the formation of a new task group to address polymeric piping for nuclear power plants. All interested stakeholders are invited to join this task group as it begins it work by forming a scope and gathering expert sources.
Through other presentations and discussions over the course of the meeting, attendees discussed the use of IEEE and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) consensus standards in the regulation of digital instrumentation and control systems in the nuclear power industry. It was suggested that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) could influence these standards by informing groups when gaps and needs are identified. Participants also discussed whether vendors and utilities could be brought into the standards development process earlier, in order to assist in the prioritization of needs. Stakeholders agreed that a careful review of standards during their development by all affected parties would be necessary in order to prevent vendors from having too much influence.
The next meeting of the NESCC is scheduled for November 22, 2010, at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. Participation in NESCC is open to all stakeholders representing standards developing organizations, consortia and other forums, industry, government, and consumers. For more information, contact Dr. Thompson (301.975.2333) or Sally Seitz (firstname.lastname@example.org; 212.642.4918).