Registration and Continental Breakfast
September 8th, 2020 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Office of Environmental Management Prioritization Approach
Track: Opening Keynote
September 8th, 2020 8:30AM - 9:15AM
This session will discuss EM cleanup objectives safely within a framework of regulatory compliance commitments and best business practices.
|Todd Shrader, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy|
National Nuclear Security Administration Prioritization Approach
September 8th, 2020 9:15AM - 10:00AM
To modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons infrastructure, NNSA is developing capabilities at Savannah River and Los Alamos to produce plutonium pits. The efforts required to meet the 2026 full operations of pit production at both sites will be discussed as well as plans for disposition of transuranic wastes that will be generated.
|James J. McConnell, Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations, National Nuclear Security Administration|
September 8th, 2020 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Office of Enterprise Assessment DOE Complex Wide Waste Management Assessments
September 8th, 2020 10:30AM - 11:15AM
Following the discovery of shipments of non-conforming wastes from Y-12 to NNSS in July 2019, the Deputy Secretary of Energy directed DOE’s Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA) to undertake a DOE-wide assessment of the procedures and practices for packaging and shipping radioactive waste. This discussion addresses the results of these waste management program assessments - including best practices and areas for improvement.
|Nathan Martin, Director, Office of Enterprise Assessments, U.S. Department of Energy|
Challenges to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and Alternatives for Interim Storage
September 8th, 2020 11:15AM - 12:00PM
|Eric K. Knox, Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Amentum|
|Rita Baranwal, PhD, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy|
September 8th, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Tank Waste Management Site Updates
September 8th, 2020 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Tank waste management and disposition is DOE EM’ largest financial and environmental risk. DOE EM is responsible for safely storing approximately 90 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste at the Savannah River Site (SRS), Idaho National laboratory (INL) and the Office of River Protection (ORP) at Hanford, Wash. This panel will provide updates of these programs and innovative approaches for waste disposition.
|Renee Echols, President, Firewater LLC|
|Fred Hughes, President and Program Manager, Fluor Idaho, LLC|
|Pamela Marks, Federal Project Director, Salt Waste Processing Facility, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy|
|Karthik Subramanian, Manager, Mission Integration, Chief Technology Office, and Closure, Washington River Protection Solutions|
Deactivation and Demolition of DOE facilities
September 8th, 2020 2:00PM - 2:45PM
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|
|Diane McDaniel, Senior Director, Program Integration, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC|
Waste Approach Enables Oak Ridge’s Vision 2020 Competition
September 8th, 2020 2:45PM - 3:30PM
The Department of Energy Oak Ridge Environmental Management (OREM) and contractor UCOR, and Amentum-led partnership with Jacobs, will soon celebrate the achievement of Vision 2020, the cleanup completion of the East Tennessee Technology Park or ETTP, one of the largest cleanup sites in the DOE Complex. In this session, UCOR leaders will share the secrets to the success of closing ETTP, including the use of a streamlined and efficient approach to managing the large amounts of waste and contaminated debris from the ETTP’s monumental cleanup activities.
September 8th, 2020 3:30PM - 4:00PM
Mercury Challenge Update
September 8th, 2020 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This panel will discuss 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, URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC|
|John Wrapp, Waste Disposition Manager, UCOR|
September 8th, 2020 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
September 9th, 2020 7:30AM - 8:30AM
General Accounting Office (GAO) Update
September 9th, 2020 8:30AM - 9:15AM
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 recent reviews of Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, cleanup of the gaseous diffusion plants, DOE’s Office of Legacy Management, and risk-informed decision-making.
|Allison Bawden, Director, Natural Resources & Environment (NRE) team, Government Accountability Office|
|Amanda Kolling, Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO)|
Soil and Groundwater Remediation Best Practices
September 9th, 2020 9:15AM - 10:00AM
The soil and groundwater inventory across the US includes 6.5 trillion liters of contaminated groundwater and 40 million cubic meters of soil and debris contaminated with radionuclides, metals, and organics. Many of the major soil and groundwater sites are being managed through DOE EM and US Army Corps of Engineers. This session will focus on the specific challenges being faced at the different sites and efforts being taken to expedite closure through utilization of existing technologies, development of new technologies and alternate clean up strategies.
September 9th, 2020 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Waste Management Technologies
September 9th, 2020 10:30AM - 11:30AM
This panel will showcase technologies that are making a positive impact of cleaning up DOE and commercial sites. Technologies such as tank waste separation, soil sorting, steam reforming, in drum for TRU waste, sodium treatment, mercury treatment will be discussed.
Transitioning Sites from Waste Generation/Disposition to Pit Production
September 9th, 2020 11:30AM - 12:00PM
September 9th, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Spent Fuel Transportation and Storage Innovations
September 9th, 2020 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Waste Isolation Processing Pilot Plant (WIPP) Update
September 9th, 2020 2:00PM - 2:45PM
2020 has been a year of transformation for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. As the project continues to move beyond the incidents of February 2014 toward full operations, numerous important and visible changes have taken place. The plant continues to receive waste in fulfilment of its primary mission. A new disposal panel has been mined and will be ready for waste emplacement in 2021. Numerous plant infrastructure upgrades have been completed or have substantially progressed. And construction on two capital projects has begun to change the plant’s skyline. The Utility Shaft project will be a 2150-foot deep shaft to provide a fifth connection from the surface to the underground facilities at WIPP. After extensive site preparation work, sinking of the 26-foot diameter shaft began in April 2020. The Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System will be able to supply nearly half a billion cubic feet per minute of air to the WIPP underground with HEPA-filtered exhaust. Support buildings have been erected, concrete has been poured in foundations and walls of the main process buildings, and utilities have been installed. Together, these projects will greatly enhance safety in the underground, allowing for parallel operations to occur for the first time since before the 2014 events.
|Kevin Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer, Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC (Amentum partnership / BWXT and Orano)|
September 9th, 2020 2:45PM - 3:15PM
Legacy Clean Up activities at Nevada National Security Site
September 9th, 2020 3:15PM - 4:00PM
Federal, contractor, and regulator representatives involved with the activities of the DOE Environmental Management Nevada Program will discuss how a shared commitment to cross-collaboration and risk-informed decision making has helped to safely accelerate closure, cut costs, and best protect people and the environment at the Nevada National Security Site.
|Christine Andres, Chief, Bureau of Federal Facilities, Nevada Department of Environmental Protection|
|Robert Boehlecke, Program Manager, Nevada Program, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy|
|Dave Taylor, Program Manager, Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.|
|Bill Wilborn, Deputy Program Manager, Operations, Nevada Program, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy|
New World Order: Enhanced Safety Protocols and Emergency Operations Planning
September 9th, 2020 4:00PM - 5:00PM
September 9th, 2020 5:00PM - 5:00PM