Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation has a new leader at a busy time for the plant near Burlington.
Adam Heflin has been appointed as Wolf Creek's new chief executive officer and chief nuclear officer.
Heflin replaces Matt Sunseri, who announced his retirement last year. He comes to Wolf Creek at a time when the plant is preparing for its mid-cycle outage next month -- and shortly after a pair of unplanned outages due to air conditioning issues last fall. Wolf Creek is also meeting with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday to discuss the work environment after a contractor fired a worker critical of performance levels a year ago.
Heflin comes to Wolf Creek from Ameren, where he helped to shape so-called "best practices models" for single-plant operations across the country such as Wolf Creek and also helped to isntall operational, safety and cultural improvements at the Callaway Energy Center near Fulton, Mo. Board chair Mark Ruelle says Heflin's experience leading the Callaway Energy Center will make him "ideally suited" to leading Wolf Creek because the plants were designed nearly identically.
Heflin has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Arkansas Tech and post-graduate studies in operations management from the University of Arkansas. He has also worked for Entergy and the U.S. Navy in nuclear operations.