2018 Agenda

Tuesday | September 4

  1. 10:00 AM – 12:45 PM

    Exhibitor Set Up

  2. 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Registration Open

  3. 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

    Welcome and Introductions

  4. 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

    Program Perspectives from the Department of Energy

    This session will discuss the Office of Environmental Management leadership initiatives.

    • Anne White, Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  5. 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

    New Decommissioning Rules, Part 61, and New Initiatives

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

    • Larry W. Camper, USNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety Consultant, Talisman International LLC
    • David Carlson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Waste Control Specialists, LLC
    • Stephen Koenick, Chief, Materials Decommissioning Branch, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Daniel B. Shrum, P.G., Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Energy Solutions
  6. 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

    Sweet Beginnings Networking Break

  7. 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
    • Seth Kirshenberg, Executive Director, Energy Communities Alliance
    • Rick McLeod, President and CEO, Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO)
    • Robert (Bob) Thompson, Mayor, City of Richland Washington
  8. 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.

  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

    Sponsored by: Jacobs
  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 – 10:30 AM

    Budget and Legislative Outlook

    This session will discuss the current state of the budget at the end of FY2018 as well as the expectations and outlook for the FY2019 process. Additionally, the session will update the audience on current legislation during the final days of this Congress.

    • Eric K. Knox, Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services Group, AECOM
    • Melissa F. Burnison, Assistant Secretary, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Victoria S. Napier, Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, ATKINS
  5. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Refresh & Re-energize Networking Break

    Sponsored by: Waste Control Specialists, LLC
  6. 11:00 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. State and local stakeholders will discuss their activities in determining how radioactive waste is managed on the local level

  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 acceptance and approval continues to be 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. Panelists will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with State, regional and local jurisdictions as they seek to site, construct and operate nuclear waste storage and disposal facilities.

    • Eric K. Knox, Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services Group, AECOM
    • Jeffery Isakson, CEO, Interim Storage Partners
    • Miriam Holladay Juckett, Program Manager, Environmental Protection and External Hazard Assessment, Southwest Research Institute
    • Joy Russell, Vice President - Corporate Business Development, Holtec International
    • Edward F. (Ward) Sproat, Former Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  9. 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Energy Boost 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.

    • Chris Schneidmiller, Editor in Chief, ExchangeMonitor Publications & Forums
    • William J. Boyle, PhD, Director, Office of Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition Research & Development, Fuel Cycle Technologies, Office of Nuclear Energy,, US Department of Energy
  11. 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Networking Reception

Thursday | September 6

  1. 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Registration Open

  2. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast

    Sponsored by: I.C.E. Service Group
  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.

    • Renee Echols, President, Firewater LLC
    • Frank Sheppard, Senior Vice President and SWPF Project Manager, PARSONS
    • Karthik Subramanian, Manager, Mission Integration, Chief Technology Office, and Closure, Washington River Protection Solutions
    • Linda Suttora, Headquarters Liaison for the Office of River Protection, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  4. 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Bittersweet Goodbyes Networking Break

  5. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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

    This panel will provide an overview of world nuclear power plant safety developments and 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 2011 Fukashima Daiachi nuclear plant accidents. This panel, will feature presentations by three nuclear experts involved in the development and deployment of the new safety equipment, including new, real-time, severe accident condition monitoring technology; addressing the leakage of hydrogen gas from the deteriorated epoxy electrical penetration and the replacement of age sensitive sealing with modern long-life specialty glass for electrical penetration assemblies in reactors, SMRs and glassification of waste.

  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.

    • Roger Jarrell, Government and Stakeholder Relations Interface, UCOR, LLC
    • Brent Booker, Secretary-Treasurer, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU)
    • Doug Matheney, Senior Advisor to the Secretary U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    • John Arthur (Jay) Mullis, II, Manager, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Ken Rueter, President and Chief Executive Officer, UCOR, LLC
  7. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM

    Conference Adjourns

  8. 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Exhibitor Move Out