2021 Agenda

Wednesday | November 3

  1. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    Registration

  2. 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

    Updates in Consent Based Siting

    This session will address the process and participation needed to gain consent for nuclear waste storage and disposal facilities beyond simply obtaining a license from the NRC. Expert panelists from government as well as industry will offer their perspectives on consent based siting and what the process should include in order to identify and secure a volunteer host State and community.

    • Eric K. Knox, Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Amentum
    • Leonardo Blundo, Liaison Commissioner for Nuclear Issues, Nye County
    • David Carlson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Waste Control Specialists, LLC
  3. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Initiatives for Waste Stream Management

    Updates as weapons program sites prepare and transition from TRU waste generation to
    plutonium pit production

    • Dennis Morgan II, Principal / Chief Strategy Officer, I.C.E. Service Group, I.C.E. Service Group
    • Jim Blankenhorn, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Amentum
    • Ahmad M. Al-Daouk, Deputy Associate Administrator for Enterprise Stewardship, National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Reinhard Knerr, Manager, Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), WIPP, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  4. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    NETWORKING BREAK

  5. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Mercury Challenge Update

    DOE Oak Ridge’s strategy for clean-up of mercury contaminated facilities at the Y-12 Security complex including - Completing construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility, environmental monitoring, plans for testing technologies, and coordination with NNSA’s ongoing mission.

    • Renee Echols, President, Firewater LLC
    • J. Kent Fortenberry, Manager, Technical and Nuclear Services, UCOR
    • Brian Henry, Y-12 Portfolio Federal Project Director, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Jeff Stahl, Business Development Manager, VNS Federal Services
  6. 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    NETWORKING RECEPTION

Thursday | November 4

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Registration and NETWORKING BREAKFAST

  2. 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

    Progress in DOE’s Office of Environmental Management

    This session will discuss EM transformational progress including construction project milestones, new tank contracts at Hanford & Savannah River, DFLAW at Hanford, IWTU progress.

    • Steven P. Nesbit. P.E., President, American Nuclear Society Inc
    • Nicole Nelson-Jean, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  3. 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

    Workforce Development

    Panel that will include a couple of sites that are actively working the aging workforce issue; they can share as much of their program as they are willing to communicate with the attendees but also talk about the success of the program as well.

    • Tammy Monday, Vice President Business Development and Sales, Studsvik
    • Kristen G. Ellis, Acting Director of Regulatory, Intergovernmental, and Stakeholder Engagement Senior Advisor for STEM and Talent Acquisition, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Jimmy Hart, President, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO
    • Ken Rueter, President and Chief Executive Officer, UCOR
    • Chris Whaley, PhD, President, Roane State Community College
  4. 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    NETWORKING BREAK

  5. 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

    Contracting Opportunities at the Office of Environmental Management

    • Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning Programs, Nuclear Energy Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute
    • Angela Watmore, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management, and Head of Contracting Activity, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  6. 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

    NETWORKING LUNCHEON

  7. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Community Relations

    With 16 active DOE Environmental Management (EM) Cleanup Sites located in 10 states, partnering with local communities has always been critical to achieving the DOE EM mission. This panel of experts will share their history, perspectives, and approach to excellence in community relations. They will discuss challenges and opportunities that have emerged over the decades of partnership from the Federal, Contractor and Stakeholder points of view.

    • Wayne Barber, Reporter, Exchange Monitor Publications & Forums
    • Kara Colton, Director, Nuclear Policy, Energy Communities Alliance
    • Mike Nartker, Chief of Staff, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Jesse Sleezer, Strategic Communications Manager, Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
    • R. Keith Wood, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Nuclear & Environment (N&E) Strategic Business Unit (SBU), Amentum
  8. 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

    Updates from the Government Accountability Office

    Speakers will present an overview of GAO’s recent work related to the Department of Energy’s growing environmental liabilities, which was added to GAO’s High Risk List in 2017. Session will include an update on GAO’s 2021 High Risk List, as well as recent reviews on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Hanford’s tank closure plans.

  9. 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

    NETWORKING BREAK

  10. 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

    Excess Facilities Deactivation and Decommissioning

    Number of sites will enter new phases in addressing contaminated excess facilities. Oak Ridge is focusing on building demolition at the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory after successfully taking down the entire uranium enrichment complex at the East Tennessee Technology Park. Paducah/Portsmouth? West Valley?
    Across the DOE Complex, 1,000s of facilities are no longer operational posing high risk from contamination and deteriorating structural integrities due to their age and limited resources to maintain them. A congressionally funded cleanup initiative is underway to safely, compliantly and efficiently D&D and remediate these “excess facilities”. This session is a platform for the prime contractors performing the DD&R to share their successes and challenges from past, current and future clean-up activities.

    • Tammy Monday, Vice President Business Development and Sales, Studsvik
    • Mark Costella, Legacy Facilities Program Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Ken Rueter, President and Chief Executive Officer, UCOR
  11. 4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

    Supplier Showcase

  12. 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

    NETWORKING RECEPTION

Friday | November 5

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

    NETWORKING BREAKFAST

  2. 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

    Environmental Justice

    Environmental justice (EJ) has garnered considerable attention recently given the nation’s focus on broader racial and social justice issues. EJ issues are expected to receive even greater attention in the legislative, legal, and public opinion arenas going forward, driven by the priorities and initiatives identified by the Biden administration and many members of Congress. This session will provide an opportunity for discussion of the role that organizations involved decommissioning, used fuel, and radioactive waste management can and should play toward achieving EJ goals.

    • Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning Programs, Nuclear Energy Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute
    • Sean Hagen, President and Managing Director, Hagen Global Consulting LLC
    • Heather Westra, Consultant to the Tribal Council, Prairie Island Indian Community, Prairie Island Indian Community
  3. 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

    Tank Waste Management Sites-Update

    Tank waste treatment — 60% of EM budgeted activities, include the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at the Idaho National Laboratory Site is expected to start up in 2021. The Hanford Site will complete construction of the Tank Side Cesium Removal system, a pretreatment system critical to the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) approach to treating tank waste.

    • Renee Echols, President, Firewater LLC
    • Michael Budney, Manager, Savannah River Operations Office, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Joel Case, Assistant Manager for Facility and Material Disposal, Idaho Cleanup Project, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Mat Irwin, Deputy Assistant Manager, Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, Office of River Protection, U.S. Department of Energy
  4. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    NETWORKING BREAK

  5. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Innovations in Spent Fuel Transportation and Interim Storage

    With two private consolidated interim storage (CIS) initiatives continuing to make progress and the federal government actively expressing an interest in moving forward with CIS the prospect of large-scale movement of used fuel in the US is becoming increasingly more likely. This session will explore what this means, both in terms of assuring the readiness of transportation infrastructure as well as well as providing for storage at both ends.

    • Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning Programs, Nuclear Energy Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute
    • Jeff England, Director, Transportation Projects, NAC International, Inc.
    • Brian Gutherman, President, Gutherman Technical Services, LLC
    • Thomas Jones, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Pacific Gas & Electric Company - PG&E
  6. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM

    Conference Ends


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Wednesday | November 03

Registration

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM| Wednesday, November 03

Updates in Consent Based Siting

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM| Wednesday, November 03

This session will address the process and participation needed to gain consent for nuclear waste storage and disposal facilities beyond simply obtaining a license from the NRC. Expert panelists from government as well as industry will offer their perspectives on consent based siting and what the process should include in order to identify and secure a volunteer host state and community.

Initiatives for Waste Stream Management

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM| Wednesday, November 03

NETWORKING BREAK

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM| Wednesday, November 03

Mercury Challenge Update

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM| Wednesday, November 03

DOE Oak Ridge’s strategy for clean-up of mercury contaminated facilities at the Y-12 Security  complex including: completing construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility; environmental monitoring; plans for testing technologies; and coordination with the NNSA’s ongoing mission.

NETWORKING RECEPTION

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM| Wednesday, November 03

Thursday | November 04

Registration and NETWORKING BREAKFAST

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM| Thursday, November 04

Progress in DOE's Office of Environmental Management

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM| Thursday, November 04

Workforce Development

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM| Thursday, November 04

To build and sustain a best-in-class workforce for next generation cleanup, the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management and its contractors and partners are focusing on diverse tools and recruitment approaches to address current and future workforce needs. Leaders from government, industry, academia and labor will discuss challenges related to an aging workforce and its resulting resource gaps. The group will share programs and partnerships in their respective sectors that are contributing to a resource pipeline to ensure development, placement, and retention of DOE’s next generation of workers.

NETWORKING BREAK

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM| Thursday, November 04

Contracting Opportunities at the Office of Environmental Management

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM| Thursday, November 04

Angela Watmore will provide an overview of how procurement works at the Department of Energy’s $7-billion-plus Office of Environmental Management. She will touch upon major contract solicitations at Environmental Management, opportunities for small businesses and the agency’s evolving end state contracting model. She will also provide insight into publicly-available sources that allow businesses to become familiar with federal contracting opportunities within Environmental Management. 

NETWORKING LUNCHEON

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM| Thursday, November 04

Community Relations

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM| Thursday, November 04

With 16 active DOE Environmental Management (EM) Cleanup Sites located in 10 states, partnering with local communities has always been critical to achieving the mission. This panel of experts will share their history, perspectives, and approach to excellence in community relations. They will discuss challenges and opportunities that have emerged over the decades of partnership from the federal, contractor and stakeholder points of view.

Updates from the Government Accountability Office

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM| Thursday, November 04
Speakers will present an overview of GAO's recent work related to the Department of Energy's growing environmental liabilities, which was added to GAO's High Risk List in 2017. Session will include an update on GAO's 2021 High Risk List, as well as recent reviews on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Hanford's tank closure plans.

NETWORKING BREAK

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM| Thursday, November 04

Excess Facilities Deactivation and Decommissioning

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM| Thursday, November 04

A congressionally funded cleanup initiative is underway for the safe, compliant and efficient deactivation, decommissioning and removal (DD&R) of thousands of excess facilities no longer performing their original missions. This session is a platform for the prime contractors performing DD&R to share their successes and challenges from past, current and future clean-up activities. Attend for site updates from across the complex.

Supplier Showcase

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM| Thursday, November 04

NETWORKING RECEPTION

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM| Thursday, November 04

Friday | November 05

NETWORKING BREAKFAST

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM| Friday, November 05

Environmental Justice

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM| Friday, November 05

Environmental justice (EJ) has garnered considerable attention recently given the nation’s focus on broader racial and social justice issues. EJ issues are expected to receive even greater attention in the legislative, legal, and public opinion arenas going forward, driven by the priorities and initiatives identified by the Biden administration and many members of Congress. This session will provide an opportunity for discussion of the role that organizations involved decommissioning, used fuel, and radioactive waste management can and should play toward achieving EJ goals.

Tank Waste Management Sites-Update

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM| Friday, November 05

Tank waste management makes up approximately 60% of the budgeted activities at DOE’s Office of Environmental Management. The tank waste mission includes successful tank closure, tank waste pre-treatment, and waste treatment systems design, development, and operation.  This panel will include updates from DOE EM managers on the progress of these important activities – delivery of the Direct-Feed Low Activity Waste (DFLAW) mission at the Hanford Site; start-up of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the Idaho National Laboratory Site; and, tank closure, operation of the Salt Waste Processing Facility, and completion of waste treatment and disposal at the Savannah River Site. 

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM| Friday, November 05

Innovations in Spent Fuel Transportation and Interim Storage

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM| Friday, November 05

With two private consolidated interim storage (CIS) initiatives continuing to make progress and the federal government actively expressing an interest in moving forward with CIS the prospect of large-scale movement of used fuel in the US is becoming increasingly more likely. This session will explore what this means, both in terms of assuring the readiness of transportation infrastructure as well as well as providing for storage at both ends. 

Conference Ends

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM| Friday, November 05