2017 STGWG Spring Meeting | Agenda and Presentations

5/23/2017

The State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) held its spring meeting including the STGWG: Tribal Leader Dialogue, May 1-4, 2017, in Washington, D.C.—in conjunction with the 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit.

NCSL provides staff support to STGWG in its dialogue on environmental cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex and related issues with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 

Monday, May 1

Closed Tribal Executive Session

Tribal representatives discussed priorities, site updates and expectations for the meeting. 

Site-Specific STGWG Tribal Dialogues with DOE Officials

This time was devoted to site-specific side meetings among STGWG tribes, DOE site management and respective DOE site tribal liaisons from Environmental Management (EM) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). 

STGWG: Tribal Leader Dialogue with Tribal Leadership, Tribal Staff, and DOE-EM | NNSA | Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) | Legacy Management (LM) Leadership and Site Management

DOE senior leadership and tribal leadership received brief report outs on the morning site-specific dialogues and reviewed STGWG tribal priorities and DOE program activities. 

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Tuesday, May 2

STGWG members attended sessions of their choosing at the 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit, also held at the JW Marriott. 

Wednesday, May 3

Closed State Executive Session

States came together for a business session to share updates on site-specific activities and discuss working group activities in preparation for dialogue with DOE officials.

State Executive Session with DOE-EM Leadership  

DOE-EM acting assistant secretary, other invited senior EM Headquarters officials and site management discussed STGWG state priorities and engaged in dialogue on key issues: Long-term stewardship, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) budget and planning, and the ongoing dialogue among DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states. 

DOE-EM: Program Updates

  • John Krohn, director, Intergovernmental & External Affairs, DOE Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (DOE-CI)  
  • Matthew Manning, DOE-CI  
EM Programmatic Update
  • Sue Cange, acting assistant secretary for EM | Presentation
Update on Cleanup Dialogue
  • Frank Marcinowski, associate principal deputy assistant secretary for Regulatory and Policy Affairs
Closure for the Seventh Generation – Presentation and Discussion

STGWG published the Closure for the Seventh Generation report in 1999. Since this time, DOE has moved forward key activities related to stewardship including the establishment of the DOE-LM. The STGWG writing group shared the discussion draft of 2017 edition of the report.  

History of DOE’s LTS Actions, Relevant Documents and Future of Site Transitions to DOE- Office of Legacy Management (LM)
  • Tish O’Connor, DOE- EM
  • April Gil and Gwen Hooten, DOE-LM | Presentation 
Site Highlights – Collaboration with Tribes on Project Management at the Hanford Site
  • Doug Shoop, site manager, DOE Richland Operations Office | Presentation

Thursday, May 4

Report Out on DOE Activities related to NRDAR

  • Doug Gray, program analyst, DOE-EM
  • Steve Miller, general counsel, DOE 
EM Budget Update and Discussion
  • Steve Trischman, director, Budget and Planning, DOE-EM | Presentation 
 DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) Overview and Near-Term Activities and Priorities
Working Session – Closure for the Seventh Generation report

Working group representatives provided feedback on the draft of the update to the 1999 Closure for the Seventh Generation report.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Update and Discussion
  • Eric Boyle, DOE Office of Management’s Office of History and Heritage Resources
  • Tracy Atkins, principal representative, Manhattan Project National Historical Park, DOE-LM | Presentation
NNSA Update on Intergovernmental Activities
  • Harris Walker, director, Intergovernmental Affairs, NNSA | Presentation

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