RICHLAND — The use of explosives for the demolition of nuclear facilities will be addressed at a nuclear engineering-related professional development seminar 12:10, Friday, Oct. 24, at WSU Tri-Cities.
“Nuclear Safety Considerations for Explosive Demolition” will be presented by Susan Omberg Carro, nuclear safety analyst/fire protection engineer with Fluor Federal Services in Richland.
The hour-long seminar is in Room 210 of the West Building, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public. The session is being shared by videoconference with WSU Pullman in the Murrow Communications Center West (MURW), Room 52.
“The use of explosives for facility demolition is becoming more common at DOE and commercial nuclear sites,” Omberg Carro said. “The authorization of such demolition activities can be very beneficial from a general worker safety perspective, but can present special concerns from a nuclear safety perspective.”
Her presentation will address these concerns and the ways they have been addressed in demolition activities at various sites.
Omberg Carro has 22 years of experience in nuclear safety and in fire protection for nuclear facilities. She graduated from WSU with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and holds a Master of Science in radiological engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Omberg Carro also has an advanced graduate certificate in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Her career includes nuclear safety and fire protection for facilities at Hanford, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the Kansas City Plant, Sellafield, and the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site. She currently is supporting the demolition of the 105 KE Basins at Hanford.
This is the fourth nuclear engineering-related seminar in the Fall 2008 series, which is being coordinated by Richard Stout as part of the WSU Tri-Cities Engineering program. Stout is a nuclear physicist and is president of the Eastern Washington section of the American Nuclear Society.
For more details on the nuclear-related engineering courses offered at WSU Tri-Cities, visit or contact Academic Director Scott Hudson at 509-372-7254 or