2019 Agenda

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
    • Mark Morgan, 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, Manager, Environmental Compliance, Savannah River Remediation, LLC
    • Joe Klinger, Interim Executive Director, LLW Forum, Inc.
    • 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
    • Leonardo Blundo, Liaison Commissioner for Nuclear Issues, Nye County
    • Sharon Raye Brown, Senator, State 8th Legislative District, State of Washington
    • 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
  7. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Addressing Idaho National Laboratory Waste Challenges Through Technology Innovation

    This presentation and discussion will provide an overview of technology innovations being developed to address challenging legacy waste at Idaho National Laboratory. Hear from Bob Miklos on how the impact of legacy waste, primarily generated from the EBR II Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor Program, has been addressed and how technology innovations are focused on reducing manual activities and secondary waste stream generation. Ron Mitchell will discuss expected benefits to waste stream reductions, ALARA, and disposition cost reduction that can be used by other sites.

    • 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, Amentum
    • Rod Baltzer, Chief Operating Officer, Deep Isolation
    • Rita Baranwal, PhD, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    • 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.

    • Tammy Monday, Vice President Business Development and Sales, Studsvik
    • David Adler, Director, Quality & Mission Support Division, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Ken Rueter, President and Chief Executive Officer, UCOR, LLC
  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

    US Army Corps of Engineers-Decommissioning Opportunities

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is taking bids for decommissioning of its deactivated nuclear reactor facility at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and is preparing for a corresponding procurement for the retired power plant at Fort Greely, Alaska. These historic reactors were built and operated under the Army Nuclear Power Program and ceased operation in the early 1970s. Both projects will present unique challenges -- working on a small footprint close to research and residential areas at Fort Belvoir, near Washington, D.C., for the SM-1 reactor; and removal of the encased SM-1A reactor components from an operating heating plant while working around the extreme Alaskan weather at Fort Greely. The Army Corps will discuss the contract opportunities, with awards expected next year for the SM-1 reactor and in 2022 for the SM-1A.

  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.

    • Richard Arnold, Chairman/Spokesperson, Pahrump Paiute Tribe/CGTO
    • George Gholson, Tribal Council Member, Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
    • Floyd Velasquez, Tribal Emergency Services Administrator, Morongo Band of Mission Indians
  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 – 11:30 AM

    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, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Rick McLeod, President and CEO, Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO)
  8. 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Romania Ministry of Economy, Nuclear Agency and Radioactive Waste (ANDR)

    This session will provide an overview and update of the current status and plans for nuclear waste storage and disposal in Romania, including prospective schedule of business opportunities and tenders. The update will be provided by senior level officials representing the Romania Ministry of Economy, Nuclear Agency and Radioactive Waste (ANDR).

    • Eric K. Knox, Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services Group, Amentum
    • Cornelia Paraschiv, General Secretary, Romania Nuclear Agency and for Radioactive Waste (ANDR)
    • Ramona Georgiana Popescu, Head of Section for Technical International Collaboration, Romania Nuclear Agency and for Radioactive Waste (ANDR)
    • Andreea Udrescu, Chief of Staff, Romania Nuclear Agency and for Radioactive Waste (ANDR)
  9. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM