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Regulatory Expert Ken Heffner Joins Certrec’s Office of Assessment and Recovery

Noted Regulatory Oversight Expert Brings Regulatory Compliance, ROP, MSPI, Maintenance Rule, Safety Culture, Root Cause, and 9500X Recovery Skills to Assist Certrec Clients

Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) October 03, 2012 — Certrec, a leading regulatory licensing and compliance solutions provider, is pleased to announce that noted regulatory affairs expert Ken Heffner has joined Certrec’s Office of Assessment and Recovery. 

Mr. Heffner brings over 35 years of experience to the Office of Assessment and Recovery, including plant and corporate experience to address compliance, Reactor Oversight Process, 9500X Inspection, Safety Culture, Maintenance Rule, and NFPA-805 issues. 

“We are excited to welcome Ken Heffner to Certrec,” says Ted Enos, CEO. “People in the industry recognize Ken as a seasoned leader with direct NEI, MSPI, ROP and NFPA-805 experience over a long and successful career with Progress Energy. His ability to cut through regulatory complexity extends from plant licensing and operations issues, to developing recovery actions for Column III of the NRC Action Matrix, to working directly with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC),” notes Enos. 

Ken Heffner joins Certrec’s Office of Assessment and Recovery (OAR), a suite of services that address compliance, 9500X recovery issues, and performance improvement. “Certrec’s ability to offer regulatory strategy, communications planning, root cause evaluation, corrective actions, independent recovery assessment, and effectiveness monitoring attracted my attention,” says Heffner. “I feel I can help many of my industry colleagues with the complexity of MSPI, ROP, and safety culture issues by partnering with Certrec and OAR.” 

“I am pleased to have Ken Heffner join the Office of Assessment and Recovery,” says Tom Houghton, Director of OAR with Certrec. “Ken and I have worked closely together over the past eight years while I was at NEI. In fact, I asked Ken to serve as my ROP project manager for a year and a half, and he is well respected by industry and NRC leaders for his knowledge of all aspects of the ROP, especially MSPI. 

He is also very interested in providing training to licensing and systems engineers in the intricacies of MSPI. He has taken a strong interest in safety culture, and coordinated fleet implementation of the NEI 09-07 Safety Culture initiative with Progress Energy. He was a member of the NEI/NRC NFPA 805 Task Force and taught Risk-Informed Operational Decision Management courses at MIT. Our clients are able to access this knowledge and experience on an as-needed basis with a call to Certrec,” adds Houghton. 

For more information on the Office of Assessment and Recovery, please click here or call Tom Houghton at 817-738-7661.

About Certrec:
Certrec is a leading provider of regulatory compliance solutions for the energy industry with the mission of helping ensure a stable, reliable, bulk electric supply. Since 1988, Certrec’s SaaS applications and consulting know-how have helped hundreds of power-generating facilities manage their regulatory compliance and reduce their risks.

Certrec’s engineers and business teams bring a cumulative 1,500 years of working experience in regulatory areas of compliance, engineering, and operations, including nuclear, fossil, solar, wind facilities, and other Registered Entities generation and transmission.

Certrec has helped more than 120 generating facilities establish and maintain NERC Compliance Programs. We manage the entire NERC compliance program for 60+ registered entities in the US and Canada that trust us to decrease their regulatory and reputational risk. Certrec is ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certified and has successfully completed annual SOC 2 Type 2 examinations.

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