Agenda

Tuesday | September 3

  1. 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    REGISTRATION

  2. 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Decision-making Tool for Waste Disposal

    New in 2019 is a Pre-Conference Workshop! Add-on this exciting new pre-conference workshop to your registration during online registration.

    Representatives from the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM), prime contractors, and commercial waste repositories are working to develop a methodology for determining on-site versus off-site costs associated with packaging, transportation, and disposal for EM generated wastes. The methodology can provide DOE and its prime contractors with a tool that facilitates or enhances decision-making for disposition of low-level and mixed low-level waste streams using either on-site or off-site disposal capabilities (or a combination). The Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) Waste Management Working Group (WMWG) has been tasked with development of this template/model. Members of WMWG will discuss their scope, progress, and path forward. This workshop requires separate, add on registration.

  3. 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

    WELCOME and INTRODUCTIONS

  4. 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

    Program Perspectives from the DOE Office of Environmental Management

    This session will discuss the DOE Office of Environmental Management new and continuing initiatives for radioactive waste management.

    • Anne Marie White, Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  5. 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

    New Procurement Initiatives and its Benefit for All Stakeholders

    The Energy Department Office of Environmental Management hopes to slash its life-cycle costs at cleanup sites through its end-state contracting philosophy, a key reform initiative. The principle idea is to pay more fee for early completion of work and, in the process accelerate completion of environmental cleanup. This session will discuss the progress and goals for this program.

    • Tamara L. Miles, Procurement Director Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center, U.S. Department of Energy
  6. 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

    NETWORKING BREAK

  7. 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

    Budget, Policy and Legislative Outlook

    This session will discuss the current state of the budget at the end of FY2019 as well as the expectations and outlook for the FY2020 process. Additionally, the session will update the audience on current legislation approved and pending before this Congress.

  8. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    OPENING RECEPTION

Wednesday | September 4

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    NETWORKING BREAKFAST

  2. 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

    Registration Open

  3. 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Updates

    Stakeholders will offer updates on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s new nuclear decommissioning and Part 61 rulemakings, as well as other initiatives such as GTCC waste disposal that could significantly affect the nuclear power, waste, and cleanup industries.

  4. 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

    State/Local Level Involvement and Community Outreach

    Like politics, radioactive waste is local – at least as long as it remains near dozens of communities throughout the U.S. Speakers will discuss their role in determining how radioactive waste is managed and stored. State and local tax implications will be addressed.

  5. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    NETWORKING BREAK

  6. 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

    DOE EM’s Mercury Challenge for Decontamination and Decommissioning at Oak Ridge

    Panelists will discuss the unique challenges presented by mercury and other hazards that will be encountered in decontamination and decommissioning of large mercury-contaminated facilities at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN.

  7. 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

    NETWORKING LUNCH

  8. 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

    Consolidated Interim Storage

    Community acceptance and approval of radioactive waste remains a hotly debated topic. Nevada remains strongly opposed to building the Yucca Mountain repository, while local communities in southeastern New Mexico have formally partnered with Holtec International to develop a consolidated interim storage facility for used reactor fuel. A separate storage site is planned just across the border in West Texas, under management of an Orano-Waste Control Specialists venture formally called Interim Storage Partners.Panelists will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with state, and local jurisdictions as they seek to site, construct and operate nuclear waste storage facilities.

  9. 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

    NETWORKING BREAK

  10. 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

    Hot Topics on TENORM Waste Management

    This panel will explore the latest changes in regulations, analytical practices, processing, and disposal practices for TENORM waste.

  11. 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

    RECEPTION

Thursday | September 5

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    NETWORKING BREAKFAST

  2. 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    REGISTRATION OPEN

  3. 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Office of Nuclear Energy Update for Current Waste Work

    This session will discuss the current updates for the DOE 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

  4. 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Tribal Strategies and Opportunities in Radioactive Waste Management

    Tribal governments can be instrumental to help manage radioactive materials and nuclear facilities. Tribes located near a nuclear power reactor, may have concerns about the operation of the reactor or the at-reactor storage of spent fuel. There are many incidents that tribal governments have expressed interest in actually hosting a site for a spent fuel storage facility, such as the Private Fuel Storage facility in Utah. This session will discuss the opportunities available for industry to work with tribal governments ensuring that radioactive waste transportation and use are managed safely and efficiently.

  5. 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    NETWORKING BREAK

  6. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Recent Developments in High-Level Waste Transportation

    This panel will highlight existing and new container technologies, government regulations, rules and commercial professional practices that assure the safe transportation of high level radioactive materials and wastes throughout the nation. The panel will feature presentations from representatives of the container technology industry, government transportation agencies and professional firms that package, ship and manage safe transportation activities.

  7. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    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.

  8. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM

    CONFERENCE ENDS