Experts at Sutherland Institute Forum to Discuss Water Issues Related to Nuclear Power in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Sutherland Institute will host the second of three nuclear energy forums Tuesday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. The purpose of this forum is to help Utahns learn about the water requirements and resources for nuclear power as they relate to public policy. Governor Gary Herbert has recommended that Utah “facilitate dialogue regarding Utah’s potential opportunity for nuclear power development,” and Sutherland is holding these forums in light of that recommendation.

Paul Mero, Sutherland president, will interview three water specialists during the first hour of the forum, which will be streamed live at

Water Specialists
Dr. Thom Hardy, chief science officer of River Systems Institute at Texas State University, is president-elect of the Ecohydraulics Section of the International Association for Hydraulic Research. Dr. Hardy is a recognized national and international expert on instream flow modeling and multidisciplinary impact assessments.

Jerry D. Olds, P.E., manager, Olds Engineering, PLLC, served in the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights for more than 35 years and as State Engineer and Division Director during his last seven years with the department. Among his many responsibilities, Mr. Olds managed water resource studies.

Nicholas G. Servos, supervisor, Shaw Thermal Engineering Group, has more than 40 years of engineering experience in thermal systems design and power plant performance improvement and testing. He has played key roles in the optimization and design finalization for domestic and Chinese new-build plants and in the Toshiba ABSR conceptual design and optimization.

Nuclear Energy Forums Overview
In this series, Sutherland is conducting policy forum sessions on three topics relevant to the prospect of including nuclear power generation facilities in the state’s future mix of energy sources, as mentioned in the 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan presented by Governor Herbert in March.

One session is being conducted each month through July 2011, with the first session held in May. Topic specialists are interviewed for a period of 60 minutes by Sutherland President Paul Mero. Beginning promptly at 10:30 am, the one-hour forum sessions are streamed live via the Internet.

We invite you to listen to the live webcast at

The three topics are:

• Environmental and Public Safety (May)
• Water Requirements and Resources (Tuesday, June 14)
• The Economics of Nuclear Power Generation (July)

Sutherland Institute is a conservative, state-based, independent public policy organization located in Salt Lake City. Its mission: protecting the cause of freedom, constructively influencing Utah’s decision makers, and promoting responsible citizenship. Sutherland Institute is recognized as the leading conservative think tank in the state of Utah.