Tuesday | September 3

  1. 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


  2. 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM


  3. 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.

    • Todd Shrader, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Colin Jones, Vice President, Deputy General Manager, North American Nuclear Group, Jacobs
  4. 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
    • Cathy Hickey, Executive Vice President, Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
  5. 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM


  6. 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.

    • Seth Kirshenberg, Executive Director, Energy Communities Alliance
    • Colin Jones, Vice President, Deputy General Manager, North American Nuclear Group, Jacobs
    • KayLin Loveland, Senior Vice President, Business Development, ATKINS
  7. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


Wednesday | September 4

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM


  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.

    • Larry W. Camper, USNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety Consultant, Talisman International LLC
    • J. Scott Kirk, CHP, Director, Regulatory Affairs, BWX Technologies
    • Stephen S. Koenick, Branch Chief, Low Level Waste Branch, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs (DUWP), Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  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.

    • Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning Programs, Nuclear Energy Institute
    • Rick McLeod, President and CEO, Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO)
  5. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM


  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.

    • Renee Echols, President, Firewater LLC
    • David Adler, Director, Quality & Mission Support Division, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
    • J. Kent Fortenberry, Manager, Technical and Nuclear Services, URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC
    • Diane McDaniel, Senior Director, Program Integration, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
  7. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Addressing Idaho National Laboratory Waste Challenges Through Technology Innovation

    • Robert P. Miklos SCPM/PMP, Director, Production Facilities & TSDFs, Material Fuels Complex, Idaho National Laboratory
    • Ron Mitchell, Project Manager and Operations Manager GeoMelt® Richland, VNS Federal Services
  8. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


  9. 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. Meanwhile, Deep Isolation is proposing a new disposal method for high-level waste. Panelists will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with state, and local jurisdictions as they seek to site, construct and operate nuclear waste storage facilities.

    • Eric K. Knox, Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services Group, AECOM
    • Rod Baltzer, Chief Operating Officer, Deep Isolation
    • David Carlson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Waste Control Specialists, LLC
  10. 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM


  11. 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.

  12. 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

    The Difference Makers: Cleanup Strategy and Implementation in Oak Ridge

    This session will discuss the differentiators in the Oak Ridge environmental cleanup program that have enabled risk reduction and end state realization. Audience members will gain insight on best practices including partnerships and goal alignment that have been critical to cleanup success.

  13. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Thursday | September 5

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM


  2. 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM


  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


  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.

    • Wayne Barber, Reporter, Exchange Monitor Publications & Forums
    • Melinda Higgins, NE Tribal STEM Advisor, CNI Global Solutions, LLC, Office of Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy
    • Rick McLeod, President and CEO, Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO)
  8. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM