Communications and Outreach

As a socially responsible corporate citizen, Holtec International recognizes the importance of frequent and timely communications with the company’s key stakeholders. Therefore, Holtec’s communications and outreach efforts are designed to maintain an open line of communication. This includes interaction with federal government entities like the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) at the federal level, the energy and environmental regulatory agencies at the state level, and the counties and municipalities where our industrial installations are located. This outreach program extends around the world where Holtec works closely with host governments in the many countries where we have ongoing projects.

Holtec takes great pride in its trusting and strong relationships with the communities where it operates. The company considers ongoing communications with local municipal governments and civic groups to be vital to fostering mutual respect and confidence. Many of our company associates live in the communities where our nuclear installations are located; therefore, our ongoing communications with the local communities are also intertwined with our internal intra-company dialogue.  We believe a constructive dialogue with groups who share our commitment to protecting public health and safety and the environment is an essential predicate for the success of our programs such as decommissioning of shuttered plants, establishment of a consolidated interim storage facility or of a small modular reactor. Our approach for an open and transparent relationship with the stakeholders is explained in the Chief Communication Officer’s page.

Our communication outreach effort hopes to reach our fellow citizens (the silent super-majority!) as well as the tiny band of activists and political leaders who display a reflexive opposition to nuclear energy. The opponents to nuclear power are evidently driven by myths and misinformation that can be easily disproved byinformed discussion and dispassionate dialogue in the public square. Sadly, we have seen that the unfounded allegation, and misinformation-fueled canardspromoted through social media actually act against the fundamental interests of the local communities that the activists profess to represent. A contemporary example is the vociferous opposition by a few activists who oppose moving used fuel from sites in (inhospitable) marine air to the seismically placid and arid plateau of southeastern New Mexico. These attacks, laced with rumors, innuendos or downright inventions, tend to gain currency crowding out scientific facts. It is truly ironic as often the very people who loudly proclaim their allegiance to clean energy seek to suffocate the only form of clean energy that is produced from mining the earth, and which has spared the environment millions of tons of carbon dioxide from burning of carbonaceous fuels.   

We view it to be our industry’s mission to act to support, for the sake of our small planet, an informed discourse on the good and bad of nuclear energy based on scientific facts, and a reasoned dialogue. Toward this end, we plan to summon the participation of technically enlightened individuals and organizations to conduct interactive seminars on topics such as used nuclear fuel and decommissioning in appropriate public forums. Candid dialogue supported by solid facts is the best approach to ensure that matters vital to our way of life such as safe and secure methods of storing used nuclear fuel and decommissioning shuttered nuclear plantsare properly understood by our citizens and our policy makers.  

Vehicles for Information Outreach

Holtec’s periodic publication, Holtec Highlights, reports major events to our stakeholders. In addition, time-sensitive and newsworthy events of public/media interest are shared as news releases or via Holtec’s social media channels. This website contains all recent Holtec Highlights as well as news releases from Holtec and others relevant to Holtec’s operations.

The company publishes Holtec Happenings, which captures accomplishments and events that are deemed to be significant to the local communities where Holtec operates. Issues of  Holtec Happenings are posted on this website.

On a periodic basis, another publication called HI-STORE Highlights is published to provide factual information and routine updates on our HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) project in southeast New Mexico. This publication’s  goal is to keep its stakeholders informed on the wide range of topics germane to the HI-STORE CIS including the NRC licensing process, interactions with key project stakeholders and upcoming meetings and events.

Holtec’s Code of Professional Responsibility in Communications

Every member of Holtec’s communications and outreach team is personally committed to engaging with our stakeholders and listening to their concerns.  At all times, they are expected and required to maintain a professional code of conduct built upon honesty, and providing truthful and accurate information in a timely manner.

Every member of Holtec’s communications and outreach team makes the following pledge:

  • I am loyal to my company, but I am even more loyal to the truth. 
  • I will always be unfailingly respectful to those with whom I communicate.
  • I will ensure that all publications from my organization are candid and accurate.
  • I will always check my facts before presenting them to others and take full responsibility for their accuracy.

Leadership

Holtec’s Communications and Outreach Program is led by Ms. Joy Russell, Holtec’s Chief Strategy & Communications Officer. Ms. Russell is also a member of the Company’s Executive Committee. Her vision of stakeholder engagement is articulated in the Chief Communication Officer’s page.

Assisting Ms. Russell in the external engagement effort with state and regulatory authorities are Ms. Pamela Cowan, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI) and Ms. Andrea Sterdis, Vice President of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs of HDI. 

The day to day communication effort is managed by Mr. Joe Delmar, Holtec’s Senior Director of Government Affairs and Communications. He leads all external engagement with elected officials, media and the public, representing Holtec as the key stakeholder contact and company spokesperson. Mr. Delmar is also responsible for developing and executing Holtec’s communications including key messaging on major projects and regulatory initiatives. Mr. Delmar’s professional profile is presented on this page along with other members of Holtec’s communications and outreach team. 

Communications and Outreach Team Members

Joe Delmar

Senior Director, Government Affairs and Communications

For almost 30 years, Joe has built a reputation for his proactive communications strategies and ability to respond in crisis situations. Joe previously served as the Director of Nuclear Communications for PSEG Nuclear for the past 11 years. In this role, he served as the company spokesperson with the media and managed day-to-day communications with employees. More importantly, Joe led the company’s public outreach program where he built relationships with elected officials and key community stakeholders. It was through his efforts that PSEG was successful with state and federal regulatory filings due to strong public support.

Prior to joining PSEG, he spent several years working in government. This included a high-profile position as the chief spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Human Services and additional experience working directly for key legislative leaders. 

Joe is based in our corporate offices in Camden, NJ. He can be reached on 856-797-0900, x3802 by cell on 856-562-5596 or by e-mail to j.delmar@holtec.com

Sue D'Ambrosio

Suzanne D’Ambrosio

Communications Manager, Oyster Creek Generating Station

Suzanne D’Ambrosio is the Communications Manager at the Oyster Creek Generating Station. In her role, Sue is responsible for building and maintaining honest and transparent relationships with political, community and civic leaders, as well as the general public. Her responsibilities also include employee relations, community outreach and media interaction.

Sue has currently held her position since 2011, and previously worked as Oyster Creek’s communications manager from 1991 to 2000. She owned and operated a small public relations firm and was a reporter for a New Jersey daily newspaper. She has also served as an adjunct college instructor of public relations.

She is a member of the Eagleswood Township Board of Education. She and her dog, Boo, are a certified team with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, and volunteer time at nursing homes, schools and hospices.

Sue can be reached on 609-971-2185 or by cell on 609-290-3650 or by e-mail to s.dambrosio@cdi-decom.com.

Pat O’Brien

Manager, Government Affairs and Communications for CDI

For over 15 years, Pat has built a reputation for his proactive communications strategies, government and community relations, and media management in high visibility situations. Prior to joining CDI, Pat previously served 4 years as the Company Spokesman and Sr. Communications Specialist for Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. In this role, he served as the company’s direct media contact, managed day-to-day communications with employees, and ran the company’s charitable contributions for Massachusetts.  

More importantly, Pat has been a key conduit to the local community.   Throughout his career he built relationships with elected officials and key community stakeholders. He has served on various non-profit boards including the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Community Action Council, and the Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority.  He served three years on the Town of Plymouth Advisory and Finance Committee, the last year as Vice-Chair. 

Prior to joining Pilgrim station with Entergy, he spent thirteen years working in state and local government in Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s degree from Norwich University. 

Pat is based at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA. He can be reached on 508-830-8280 or by cell on 508-494-4254 or by e-mail to p.obrien@cdi-decom.com.

Supporting the Outreach Team with Veteran Industry Experts 

An elite team of Holtec’s technical experts has been assigned to support the outreach team in public meetings on an as-needed basis to ensure that the attendees get prompt and authoritative responses to their questions. The names and areas of expertise of the assigned specialists are provided below: 

NameArea of ExpertiseYears of Experience
Dr. Stefan AntonNuclear Physics, Consolidated Storage35
Dr. Gordon BjorkmanFuel Storage/Transport Structural Safety45
Mr. Charles BullardTransportation of High-Level Waste26
Ms. Pamela CowanRegulatory Affairs30
Mr. Corey DewittDecommissioning Safety18
Mr. Fred HartzWorker Safety30
Dr. Debu MajumdarUsed Fuel Safety, Storage Casks25
Mr. Thomas MarcilleNuclear Physics, Nuclear Safety30
Mr.  Michael O’ConnellDecommissioning Safety35
Mr. Mark SolerQuality Assurance35
Ms. Andrea SterdisRegulatory Affairs30
Mr. J. Scott ThomsonSite and Personnel Security30
Mr. Kelly TriceDecommissioning Safety30
Mr. Michael WilliamsSite Operations35