2018 Agenda

Tuesday | September 4

  1. 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Registration Open

  2. 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

    Welcome and Introductions

  3. 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

    Perspectives from the Department of Energy

    Top officials with the Department of Energy will discuss the recently passed/still-pending fiscal 2019 $6.6 billion budget for the Office of Environmental Management, and how DOE’s reorganization has impacted its nuclear cleanup operations and outlook for future activities.

  4. 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

    New Decommissioning Rules, Part 61, and New Initiatives

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will offer updates on its nuclear decommissioning and Part 61 rulemakings, and other initiatives that could significantly affect the nuclear power, waste, and cleanup industries.

  5. 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

    Networking Break

  6. 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

    Pursuing a New Approach to Ultimate Disposition of DOE’s Radioactive Waste

    In September 2017 the Energy Community Alliance released a white paper recommending a strategy for the DOE-affected communities to work with the DOE, Congress, states, tribes and stakeholders on significant, near-term advances in radioactive waste management. This panel will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss the mission related to the whitepaper, current government policies and local community benefits and impacts.

    • Tammy Monday, Vice President, Waste Services Sales and Business Development, Perma-Fix Environmental Services
  7. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Corporate Outlook on Mergers and Financials

    The U.S. nuclear industry didn’t sit still in 2018: AREVA is now Orano, Waste Control Specialists finally was sold, and NorthStar Group Services could soon own the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant (and all its spent fuel). What’s on tap for 2019? Check out this session to see what the future might hold.

  8. 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    Speed Networking

    NEW this year, network with Summit attendees in this structured, thirty minute session designed for you to interact and connect with as many people as possible. Initial exchange go well? Continue the conversation at our Opening Welcome Reception.

  9. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Networking Reception

Wednesday | September 5

  1. 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Registration Open

  2. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  3. 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

    Continuing Role of DOE National Labs from Research to Innovation

    Explore the role the Department of Energy’s national laboratories play in dealing with nuclear waste This session will discuss new research and technologies in radioactive waste management.

  4. 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Legislation/Congress updates

    Bills on management of the nation’s nuclear waste have failed to get much traction on Capitol Hill, even Rep. John Shimkus’ (R-Ill.) much-ballyhooed Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, which is intended to boost the long-awaited Yucca Mountain waste repository in Nevada. Speakers will offer an outlook on these bills’ chances in the last few month of the current Congress and what might come next.

  5. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Networking Break

  6. 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    State and Local Involvement in Waste Management

    Like politics, radioactive waste is local – at least as long as it remains near dozens of communities throughout the United States. Officials from state and local governments will discuss their role in determining how radioactive waste is managed.

  7. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Networking Luncheon

  8. 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    Consolidated Interim Storage

    Consent-based siting of nuclear waste as an official policy might be dead, but community assent remains a hotly debated topic. Nevada remains strongly opposed to building the Yucca Mountain repository, while communities in southeastern New Mexico have formally partnered with Holtec International to develop a consolidated interim storage facility for used reactor fuel. Panelists will discuss local jurisdictions’ say, or lack thereof, of where radioactive waste goes.

  9. 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Networking Break

  10. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Update

    This session will discuss the current updates for the Office of Nuclear Energy’s continuing mission to develop and implement the design of an integrated waste management system (IWMS) in support of the Administration’s strategy for the management and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

  11. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Networking Reception

Thursday | September 6

  1. 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Registration Open

  2. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  3. 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

    Innovations in Tank Waste Management

    This panel will feature presentations from around the DOE complex of the advances in tank waste management. Management of tank wastes represents the largest budget line item for DOE EM, and thus DOE continues to look for innovative ways to safely and cost effectively disposition these challenging wastes. Experts will discuss some of these new approaches and will provide updates on the status of the current construction and operations projects.

  4. 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Networking Break

  5. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Workforce Safety Culture: U.S. –Japan Severe Accident Safety Equipment

    The panel will feature presentations by three nuclear experts involved in the development and deployment of the new safety equipment. This panel will provide an introduction and overview of the significant developments in state of the art safety equipment technology that is being placed into existing and new nuclear power plants in Japan and other nations following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident.

  6. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Oak Ridge Case Study Workforce Training/Retention/Recruitment

    Representatives from government, contracting and labor will address workforce trends and challenges affecting environmental cleanup at Department of Energy sites. Panelists will discuss employment projections and skills needed to maintain/sustain an effective cleanup workforce; workforce development including training and certification; and workforce recruitment including Apprenticeship Readiness Programs, academic partnerships, and rural workforce development.

  7. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM

    Conference Adjourns