STGWG Summer Meeting-Idaho Falls

7/11/2018
June 25-28, 2018 | Idaho Falls, Idaho

Agenda and Presentations

The State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) held its meeting in collaboration with the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Federal Facilities Task Force meeting on June 25-28, 2018, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. STGWG and FFTF members were joined by officials from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters and field offices. STGWG appreciates the ongoing engagement with the DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Legacy Management (LM) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Attendees received background information on the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and participated in a tour of the facility on June 26. STGWG member engaged during business sessions and in dialogue with DOE in focused sessions and plenary presentations. STGWG continues to focus on the priority issues of long-term stewardship (LTS), natural resource damage assessment and restoration (NRDAR), and tribal issues.

Monday, June 25

Opening Reception- Idaho National Laboratory Site Tour Briefing

  • Dan Lauf, program director, NGA
  • Mindy Bridges, STGWG coordinator and policy specialist, NCSL
  • Jack Zimmerman, deputy manager, DOE Idaho Operations Office

Tuesday, June 26

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site Tour

Attendees toured the INL site with a focus on the Idaho Cleanup Project. Representatives from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes provided briefings on areas of cultural significance. Highlights of tour stops include:

Wednesday, June 27

STGWG Tribal Sessions – Business Session and Preparation

STGWG States Session - Business Session

STGWG Tribal Sessions with DOE 

STGWG tribal representatives discussed priority issues with officials from DOE headquarters and field offices. 

Joint STGWG and FFTF Lunch: Overview of Idaho National Laboratory

  • Amy Lientz, director, Partnerships, Engagement and Technology Deployment | Presentation

STGWG States and Tribes – Business Session

STGWG Session with DOE – Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MAPR)

DOE provided an update on parkwide planning efforts and activities at the sites. This session included a discussion on the roles and responsibilities for DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) headquarters, DOE sites, and the National Park Service (NPS).

  • Tracy Atkins, principal representative, MAPR/ program manager, DOE-LM | Presentation
  • Doug Shoop, site manager, DOE Richland Operations Office
  • Pete Maggiore, deputy assistant manager, Los Alamos – NNSA
  • David Adler, director, Quality and Mission Support Division, DOE-EM Oak Ridge
  • David Shafer, director, Office of Site Operations, DOE-LM
  • Ken Picha, acting associate principal deputy assistant secretary, Field Operations, DOE-EM 
  • Betsy Connell, director, Regulatory, Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Engagement, DOE-EM

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and INL – Our History

  • Louise Dixey, director, Language and Cultural Preservation, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes | Presentation

Thursday, June 28

Keynote – Views from DOE Senior Leadership                                                                                              

  • Paul Dabbar, under secretary for Science, DOE

Joint Session: DOE-EM Program Update and Discussion

  • Ken Picha, acting associate principal deputy assistant secretary, Field Operations, DOE-EM Presentation
  • Mark Gilbertson, associate principal deputy assistant secretary, Regulatory & Policy Affairs, DOE-EM | Presentation

Joint Session: DOE, States and Tribes Working Together to Advance the Cleanup Mission – Perspectives from INL

  • Talia Martin, director, Tribal/DOE-AIP, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Department of Energy
  • Kerry Martin, regional manager, INL Oversight Program, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
  • Brad Bugger, tribal liaison, DOE- Idaho Operations Office

Joint Session: Long-Term Stewardship and Closure for the Seventh Generation

STGWG’s LTS Committee recently released an update to the “Closure for the Seventh Generation” report. This session highlighted key recommendations and provided opportunity for discussion on next steps and tracking progress.

Recommendations and Next Steps – Closure for the Seventh Generation Report

  • Peter Chestnut, attorney, Pueblo de San Ildefonso and Branden Doster, section chief, Missouri Department of Natural Resources | Presentation
  • David Shafer, director, Office of Site Operations, DOE-LM
  • Mark Gilbertson, associate principal deputy assistant secretary, Regulatory & Policy Affairs, DOE-EM

Joint Lunch Session: Budget Update from DOE-EM

DOE provided details on the FY 2018 enacted budget, the FY 2019 budget request, and discussed balancing the need for infrastructure upgrades with increased costs and added facilities during periods of level funding.

  • Mark Gilbertson, associate principal deputy assistant secretary, Regulatory & Policy Affairs, DOE-EM | Presentation

STGWG States and Tribes – Session with DOE

NRDAR –  Complex-Wide Best Practices and Limiting Factors for Trustee Councils

  • Debbie Duren, STGWG state co-convener; Tennessee
  • Jack Bell, STGWG-NRDAR co-chair; Nez Perce Tribe
  • Mark Gilbertson, associate principal deputy assistant secretary, Regulatory & Policy Affairs, DOE-EM

DOE Site Managers and Site Officials

  • Doug Shoop, site manager, DOE Richland Operations Office
  • Doug Hintze, site manager, DOE-EM Los Alamos
  • David Adler, director, Quality and Mission Support Division, DOE-EM Oak Ridge

STGWG Business Session: Debrief and Next Steps

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