Expansion, Growth, Longevity As the contractor with the longest by broverya72


A Newsletter for all TSSD Services Staff
                                                                                                         Services, Inc.
                                                                                                                                           January 2009

Project Exceeds Goals,                                                                                    Expansion,
Achieves Industry Bests                                                                                   Growth,
TSSD team plays a key role in successful dry fuel storage project
                                                                                                          Ten-Year Anniversary
                                                                                                          January 1, 2009 marked the ten-year
                                                                                                          anniversary of TSSD, and the comple-
                                                                                                          tion of the best year in the company’s
                                                                                                          history. In 2008 TSSD expanded its
                                                                                                          benefits program, achieved a new
                                                                                                          milestone in the company’s money pur-
                                                                                                          chase plan retirement program, and
                                                         Above: TSSD team members John Hill, Karl
   Above: Buerger, with the last Dry Shielded Canister   Axelson, Brantley Buerger, and FPLE Project      had a notable increase in staff at sites
   (DSC) being transferred to the ISFSI.                 Engineer Greg Kann.                              around the country,
A team at Seabrook Station in New Hampshire, including TSSD project manager Brant-
ley Buerger and TSSD contractors Phil Woodhams, Karl Axelson, Keith Nuzzo, Tom                            “The best thing about TSSD is our
Carmody, Jim Carslick, John Hill, and Brett Plummer, successfully tackled the chal-                       people,” said Todd Smith, TSSD presi-
lenge to design, construct, and execute a practical and efficient system to safely store                  dent and founder. “The company has
spent fuel on site and permit continued operation of the station through the end of ex-                   changed and grown over the last ten
tended plant life. The project earned several industry bests and was successfully con-                    years, but we continue to attract first-
cluded on September 4, 2008 when the first fuel transfer was completed 70 days ahead                      class professionals who are some of
of schedule, substantially under budget, with zero lost time accidents, and at better than                the best project people in the industry.
half of the forecast dosage.                                                                              I’m most proud of the longevity that we
                                                                                                          have with so many of our employees.”
“This was a long-duration project, and we had an incredibly high caliber team that
made it a success,” said Buerger. “It was a great group of people, many of them TSSD                      In the last five years, TSSD has had a
employees, that really clicked. We had a lot of heavy lifting throughout the project, and                 73 percent retention rate among its em-
everyone was experienced, professional, and hard working, which really helped us to                       ployees. “A key reason for this success
meet or beat all of our performance metrics.” continued on page 3                                         is the relationship we maintain with our
                                                                                                          employees and clients,” said Co-Owner

  TSSD Profiles                               The Story of “Ricky Joe”
                                                                                                          and Vice President Frank McKinnon.
                                                                                                                                     continued on page 2

  As the contractor with the longest continuous work history with TSSD, Rick
  “Ricky Joe” Hart has watched the company grow from a small business with
  employees at one nuclear plant, to an organization with a team of contractors
  located throughout the United States.

  “I think that one of the most exciting projects that I have worked on for TSSD
  is the Connecticut Yankee decommissioning project,” said Hart. “I’m proud
  of what was accomplished there. A great team of people was brought on
  site, and we set up a new plan, new schedule, and new budgets. We could                                TSSD officers spend the evening at Sage restaurant
                                                                                   continued on page 4   with with TSSD employees working in the CT region.
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HIGHlIGHts                         TSSD work and events around the country
                                                                   Photo, left: The day after the TSSD Tur-
                                                                   key Point party, John Farster recieves
                                                                   the “booby prize” for leaving early. “We
                                                                   told Jon not to leave early but he didn’t
                                                                   listen as usual,” said Gene Oehlert. “I
                                                                   don’t know how they found a two-piece
                                                                   in Jon’s size,” adds Steve Silverman.

                                                                                                                        Photo, above: (L-R) Vince Callaghan, Frank McKinnon,
                                                                                                                        Howard Parkhurst, Al Diamond, Mike Smaga at TSSD’s
                                                                                                                        CT holiday party for Protopower contractors.

Photo, above: Dan Stout and                                                                                             Proto-Power Corporation
Tony Menocal (FPL) at the                                                                                               Contact: Brad Landry, landryb@zhi.com
TSSD holiday party for Turkey                         Photo, left: Cam Al-
Point in FL.
                                                                                                                        TSSD is providing personnel to numerous staff
                                                      bert at the TSSD St.
                                                      Lucie holiday party in                                            augmented positions in various disciplines, in-
                                                      FL.                                                               cluding front-line engineering services in modi-
Photo, below: Ted Ferrando
                                                                                                                        fications, evaluations, and digital upgrades for a
(RIO), Al Berry, Rick Peacock
at Humboldt Bay.                                      Photo, above right: TSSD COO Matt Marston                         variety of nuclear power plants, including the next
                                                      hands a company shirt to Al Diamond during a                      generation of nuclear power plants.
                                                      holiday dinner in CT.

                                                       Expansion, Growth, Longevity                                              continued from page 1

                                                       TSSD has grown from a company of two owners at Maine Yankee to contractors
                                                       at sites around the US including California, Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, Connecticut,
                                                       North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Hampshire. On-site
                                                       visits with employees take place throughout the year. “I consider these meetings an
                                                       integral part of TSSD’s relationship with our contractors. We do not want any of our
                                                       employees to feel like a number,” said McKinnon, who brings TSSD 35+ years of
Humboldt Bay Eureka, CA                                nuclear experience and 25 of those years in owning companies like TSSD.
Contact: Jerry Houff, J7Hf@pge.com
                                                                                              TSSD Staff by Year of Hire

The final cask in the spent fuel cask loading and      130                                                                                               123

transfer project has been loaded and moved to the

ISFSI. Al Berry is the TSSD job supervisor for
                                                                                                                                                                    Running Sum of
                                                                                                                                                                     Active Staff
the project. Job Well done to Al Berry! All TSSD        90

employees are working on transitions to the de-         80
                                                                                                                                                                     Total Staff Hired
commissioning phase of the project.                                                                                                                                       in Year

                                                        60                                                             56

                                                                                                                                                                    TSSD Staff Hired
Point Beach two Rivers, WI

                                                        40                                                                           76                             in Year Currently
Contact: Rich Smith, RICHARD.NSMITH@fpl.com             30                                           25                                         62
TSSD is supporting the FPL Energy Point Beach           20


Nuclear Plant in the Projects Group, with the ma-        0
                                                               9          4    7          3               12                                         5          5

jority of the support associated with the following                2004            2005           2006              2007              2008               2009

projects:                                              Another reason for TSSD’s high retention rate is the company’s benefit package.
The Extended Power Uprate (EPU), which will
                                                       In 2008 TSSD substantially enhanced its healthcare insurance benefits and now
                                                                                  Total Staff Hired in Year
                                                                                  TSSD Staff Hired in Year Currently Working
provide an additional 17% increase in mega watt                                   Running Sum of Active Staff

                                                       offers long term care insurance. The standout feature of the company is its money
output. This project has 44 known modifications
and several minor modifications that will be in-       purchase plan, which offers a higher rate of contribution than a typical 401k plan,
tegrated during refueling outages. Major modifi-       and includes employer contributions which are part of employee compensation.
cations include turbine generator upgrades, pump
and motor upgrades, feedwater heater replace-          TSSD’s five-person staff communicates daily from locations throughout Maine and
ments and main transformer replacements.               New Hampshire. This “virtual office” takes advantage of current technology to reach
Another project is the Alternate Term Source           around the country and create an open line of communication with its employees.
(AST), which implements actions needed to uti-
lize AST methodology for accident dose assess-         In the future, Smith and McKinnon would like to broaden TSSD’s business model
ment. Modifications include containment spray          within the power industry to include areas such as transmission, windmill, and other
and residual heat removal system modifications
                                                       alternative energy solutions. “The current direction of US energy policy will offer
to provide capability for containment spray while
                                                       new developments in the power industry and we want to help our contractors take
on containment sump B recirculation with the
RHR system, control room emergency ventilation         full advantage of these opportunities,” said Smith. He plans to maintain TSSD’s
modifications, and control room shielding modifi-      guiding principle of “quality over quantity,” with the goal to continue to place the best
cations. The auxiliary feedwater system upgrade        contractors in the industry, and keep them employed.
is also being supported by TSSD.
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Project Exceeds Goals continued from page 1
With the next scheduled offload of 192 fuel assemblies during
the 2009 refueling outage, Seabrook station faced a full spent
fuel pool and a lack of adequate storage. Without the ability
to transfer fuel from the pool to the Independent Spent Fuel
Storage Insatallation (ISFSI), the plant would have to cease
operations. “This was challenging but satisfying work,”
said Buerger. “The team was constantly aware that the con-
sequences of this project affected the future operation of the

Work included the design and construction of an on-site In-
dependent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI), modifi- Components of a Horizontal Storage Module
                                                                  (HSM) delivered by barge to Seabrook.
cations to the station to support fuel transfer from the spent
fuel pool to the ISFSI, upgrades to both the cask handling
crane and the spent fuel handling bridge crane, and comple-                    An array of HSMs under construction. DSCs are
tion of the first fuel loading campaign. The project began in 2006 with        inserted horizontally into the HSMs for dry storage.
an engineering phase, was implemented in 2007, and concluded in 2008.
The team confronted several challenges, including the large amount of
physical construction and the upgrade of two major cranes. The project
included 11 design changes (“M-mods”), and over 100 work orders, with
as many as 12 full time staff on the job at one time. The ISFSI, which was
built on bedrock in a year and a half, and included pouring 8,000 yards of
concrete and installing various security systems, has the capacity to hold
78 casks, which will allow Seabrook to offload fuel until the year 2050.
Six canisters will be loaded every three years, during every other refuel-

ing cycle. “One of the biggest challenges throughout was to structure the
project within site performance expectations and controls,” said Buerger.
It was key that all project work conformed to the stringent program and process re-
quirements at the INPO-1 plant.

The project was successful in meeting and exceeding its four key performance met-
rics, which involved safety, schedule, cost, and dose. Final results showed over                    Long Term Care Insurance
213,000 man-hours logged with no lost time accidents, project completion 70 days
ahead of schedule, costs at approximately 2.5 million dollars under budget, and a total        In   October of 2008 TSSD of-
first campaign dose of 1018 millirem, compared to the goal of 2400 millirem.                   fered portable long term care
                                                                                               (ltC) insurance at group rates and
One of the biggest accomplishments of the project for Buerger was the completion               with simplified underwriting for those
of the first fuel transfer, and the teamwork that it involved. “After facing challenges        under 65.
with the first canister, we stopped and took the time to analyze and review the process        These plans, offered through LTC Fi-
and identify any shortcomings. Corrective actions were identified, put in place, and           nancial Partners and John Hancock,
ultimately proved to be very effective,” said Buerger. The team achieved industry              are issued individually and are com-
bests on loading and transfer of the final canister, with the lowest dose per canister         pletely portable should employees
per kilowatt loaded for any dry storage cask (3.4 mRem/kW), and the shortest time to           leave TSSD.
load a Transnuclear canister of any design (68 hours, or less than 3 days).                    LTC insurance is meant to “bridge the
                                                                                               gap” between acute care and the LTC
As nuclear power plants around the country wait for the Department of Energy to                coverage currently offered by private
fulfill its obligation to remove and safely store spent fuel, spent fuel pools are filling     health insurance, Medicare, or Medic-
up with assemblies during refueling outages, and facing a lack of adequate storage.            aid. These policies only cover acute

                                                                                               medical needs and skilled care, and
                                                                                               after 100 days of skilled care, LTC
                                                                                               expenses are “out of pocket” until a
                                                        etirement Plan                         person “spends down” to qualify for
                                                                                               Medicaid benefits. Unfortunately, with
  W-2                                                       Contributions                      average costs of nursing homes at ap-
                                                                                               proximately $80,000/year, this “spend
                                                 TSSD makes monthly contributions to
                                                                                               down” often results in financial ruin.
                                                 employee retirement plans. The con-           LTC insurance is meant to provide
 W-2 Forms have been sent to each
                                                 tributions include 25% of salary, tax-        protection from this eventuality for you
 TSSD employee’s address of record.              able per diem, and taxable expenses           and your family, and more importantly,
 Please contact John Arnold or Julie             paid during the month. Contributions          provide you with the financial means
 Marston if you do not receive your W-2          are usually sent to Fidelity by the 20th      to receive medical care at home for as
 form in January.                                day of the following month.                   long as possible.
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                                  Health                   Safety Notes   from Larry Brown, Seabrook Station

                                  Insurance                     Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
                                                                                                                     at Work and at Home
                                  Options                 • Carbon monoxide (CO) is the primary cause of accidental poisoning deaths in Ameri-
                                                          ca. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning claims
  Everyone has different health care needs,               nearly 500 lives and causes more than 15,000 visits to hospital emergency departments
  and with each plan comes varying costs,                 annually.
  so TSSD rolled out two new health insur-
  ance plans in July 2008: the Lumenos/                   • This colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas is produced when most fuels burn, and is
  HSA and the BC-HPC $500 (low deduct-                    often emitted by common appliances. CO gas quickly builds up in enclosed spaces, and
  ible), a traditional PPO plan.                          improper operation or placement of heating or power sources can result in CO poisoning.

  The Lumenos plan is a federally qualified               • Winter weather has arrived and many people in colder areas of the country often “im-
  plan that allows participants to set up a               provise” with heating equipment during a power loss, creating a dangerous environment.
  health savings account. These accounts                  It is never appropriate to use fuel powered electric generators inside of or too
  were established by the U.S. treasury in                close to a building, to place kerosene heaters in unventilated rooms, or to use out-
  December 2003 to be used with high de-                  door heating and cooking equipment as sources of instant heat. A Bureau of Health
  ductible plans. This federal qualification              study found that improper placement of gasoline generators in a basement or garage, or
  allows employees to set aside money (up                 the use of kerosene heaters in rooms without proper ventilation were commonly identi-
  to the IRS-approved annual maximum                      fied causes of CO poisoning.
  of $3000/individual and $5950/family in
  2009) in a health savings account to use                • CO poisoning can result in coma and death. Warning signs of CO poisoning are flu-like
  for approved health care costs.                         symptoms without fever, such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness
                                                          and confusion.
  Having a health savings account is a vol-
  untary decision with this plan, but the                 • Always have a battery powered CO monitor with a fresh battery, and follow the manu-
  money deposited can then be deducted                    facturers instructions. In some cases you may need more than one monitor. Call your
  from your taxes at the end of the year.                 local fire department if you are unsure about any equipment use. A professional should
  In addition, any money that is not used                 inspect and clean your home heating system every year, and the ventilation system of
  can be rolled over into the next year - a               appliances such as gas ovens, ranges and cooktops should be maintained.
  distinct difference from “health flexible               Never take a chance!
  spending arrangements.”

                                                 The Story of “Ricky Joe”
                                                 continued from page 1
                                                 see progress on a daily basis. It was an exceptional time.” Rick worked at CY from 2003-2006,
                                                 first as Decommissioning Manager, and then as Waste Project Manager. Working in the Waste
                                                 department was a new and challenging experience for Rick, who had worked his way up in the
                                                 nuclear industry since the late-1980’s, starting in estimating, costs, and budgeting in the construc-
                                                 tion area, then moving to managing craft and scheduling, and finally working with subcontractors
                                                 as decommissioning manager. “As Waste Manager, I was able to experience a different part of
                         Hart’s birthday at      the business, and work with new people. It’s something that has really helped me going forward,”
                         Seabrook in December.   said Hart.
Rick joined TSSD in June of 2001, while working in Maine Yankee’s Project Controls department. He also earned his current nickname,
“Ricky Joe,” from Bob “Hoakie” Hoak while working at the plant. “I gave him the name when we first started working together. I picked
it up when I worked with a guy named Ricky Joe Johnson, a welder in Arizona,” said Hoak.
Early in his career, Rick worked at Maine Yankee during outages, and in 1996 worked full-time as a Project Manager and Site Supervisor.
After working on other projects in the late 1990’s, he returned to Maine Yankee in 2000. “When I first decided to join TSSD, it was a bit
of a leap of faith. I appreciated the fact that I knew and respected the business owner, as I was working for Todd at Maine Yankee at the
time, and I really liked the company’s retirement program,” said Hart. “It was a great move. I’ve had a lot of opportunities, and as they
have grown, they have added more benefits and programs.”

After working at CY, and then Yankee Rowe, Rick started at Seabrook Station in New Hampshire in 2007as a Project Controls Engineer,
working with Mechanical Project Managers to ensure that all project financial requirements are met. He drives to Seabrook daily from
his home in Falmouth, Maine, where he lives with his wife. “When TSSD first asked me to go to Seabrook, it worked perfectly. My son
was a junior in high school, and I was able to come home most nights at 5:00.” Rick’s son is now a freshman at UNH, and his daughter
lives in New York City.

“TSSD has done a great job maintaining a connection with me as the company has grown and branched out in the industry. I feel that
they have always worked to find good jobs for me, and then to keep me working,” said Hart. “I know that they value my longevity with
the company as much as I do. When I have a question, someone always gets back to me quickly, and I know everyone at the company.
That personal connection is not something that you often find in the contracting world.”

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