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2017 Agenda

Tuesday | September 5

  1. 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    Registration Open

  2. 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

    DOE Priorities

    Mr. McGinnis plans and looks forward to speaking to the Administration's overall nuclear energy policies and priorities, which will be the focus of his remarks

    • Edward McGinnis Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy / U.S. Department of Energy
  3. 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

    Office of Environmental Management Update

    This session will address the mission progress of government waste cleanup agencies. The ongoing mission of DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy left by five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

    • Eric K. Knox Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services Group / AECOM
    • Roger Jarrell Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, Environmental Management / U.S. Department of Energy
  4. 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Networking Break

  5. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Priorities

    The NRC regulates nuclear reactors, nuclear materials and nuclear waste. This session will provide updates on current NRC regulatory initiatives, including interim storage licensing, Part 61, Greater Than Class C (GTCC) waste disposal, and the 2019 decommissioning rulemaking.

    • Larry Camper USNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety Consultant / Talisman International LLC
    • Andrea Kock Deputy Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, / Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Jeffrey S. Merrifield Partner, Energy Practice / Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  6. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Commercial Waste Disposal Priorities and Advocacies

    The Decommissioning Plant Coalition (DPC) was established in 2001 to highlight issues unique to decommissioning nuclear power plants. DPC focuses on addressing the needs of reactors at single-unit sites that are undergoing or have completed decommissioning activities.

    • Wayne Norton President, CEO and Chief Nuclear Officer / Yankee Atomic Electric Company
  7. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Opening Reception

Wednesday | September 6

  1. 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

    Registration Open

  2. 7:15 AM – 8:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  3. 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

    Yucca Mountain Restart

    In its first weeks the Trump administration made clear it would bring the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project back to life after its cancellation by the Obama administration. That would start in the upcoming fiscal year with $120 million to restart NRC licensing for Yucca while simultaneously advancing interim storage of spent nuclear reactor fuel.

    • Eric Knox Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services Group / AECOM
    • Robert J. Halstead Executive Director, Agency for Nuclear Projects / State of Nevada
    • Dan Schinhofen Chairman, Board of County Commissioners / Nye County
  4. 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

    New Technology to Treat Radioactive Waste that Contains Reactive Metals

    The session will describe the results of a project, currently under DOE contract, that is demonstrating the application of Veolia’s GeoMelt technology to deactivate reactive metals (e.g. elemental sodium) that are contained in hard to treat legacy radioactive waste. This case study will include an overview of the technology, a description of the demonstration melts that have been conducted, the results of the demonstrations, and potential application to other DOE waste in the complex.

  5. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Networking Break

  6. 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Decommissioning Case Studies and Strategies

    Many nuclear facilities will reach the end of their active lives in a matter of years. Cleanup and waste management at these facilities are both challenging and expensive. Join representatives from these utilities as they discuss the latest developments in decommissioning plans for their nuclear power plants.

  7. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Networking Lunch

  8. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    International Case Studies

    There are several lessons to be learned from international clean-up activities in Japan, UK and others. Hear progress reports, challenges and solutions from project participants.

    • Chris Schneidmiller Editor in Chief / ExchangeMonitor Publications & Forums
    • Lake H. Barrett Nuclear Clean Up Expert / Independent Consultant
    • Andy Leigh Vice President, Operations / Jacobs
    • Cathleen M. Roughan Team Leader, Sealed Source Management, Waste Technology / International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
    • Miguel Roncero Programme Management Officer / International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  9. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Local Regulatory Impact

    State and local regulatory agencies are the front line of safety and compliance for nuclear waste management. Hear perspectives from agencies tasked with ensuring the safe handling of spent nuclear fuel.

    • Brad Crowell Director, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources / State of Nevada
    • J.Scott Kirk Director, Regulatory Affairs / BWX Technologies
    • Charles Maguire Director, Radioactive Materials Division / Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  10. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break

  11. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Managing Challenging Waste Stream Disposition Around the DOE Complex

    Hear about how DOE and its prime contractors manage challenging radioactive wastes generated from cleanup missions and national laboratory operations Reactive wastes, laboratory research high activity wastes, and tank wastes resulting from nuclear weapons production pose the greatest risk to personnel and the environment around the complex. For example, DOE EM's largest budget commitment involves management of liquid waste stored in tanks at the Hanford and Savannah River Sites. How will the new administration impact managing these challenging wastes? Hear from professionals that deal with these challenges.

  12. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    WIPP Progress and Update

    Participate in a discussion on the status of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant nearly a year after its reopening, and how long-term plans for WIPP will affect the DOE complex.

  13. 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM


Thursday | September 7

  1. 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Registration Open

  2. 7:15 AM – 8:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  3. 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Storage and Transportation

    Discussion by transportation and storage market leaders of opportunities and challenges from both perspectives, including shipping, interstate regulatory issues and the sensitivity of siting interim storage facilities.

  4. 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Networking Break

  5. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Congressional Outlook

    The congress holds the ultimate purse strings. Hear the latest thinking from congressional perspectives on the future funding for the nation’s radioactive waste management.

    • Eric K. Knox Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services Group / AECOM
    • Andy Zach Committee Majority Staff, Committee on Energy and Commerce / U.S. House of Representatives
  6. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Look Ahead to Opportunities

    Technology, robotics, contracts, policy. How much can and will get done under the new administration? What will spent nuclear fuel management look like in 2018?

  7. 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    National Atomic Testing Museum Tour

    Following the conclusion of the RadWaste Summit, join us for a tour of the local National Atomic Testing Museum. Boxed lunches will be provided to participants and buses will depart the JW Marriott at 12:30, returning at 3:30 p.m. There will be a guided tour inside the museum and free time to visit exhibits. A separate ticket is required and space is limited to the first 40 people who register.