The Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG) held its first quarterly meeting of 2017 on Jan. 23-24 in Charlotte, N.C. The meeting included a tour of the Catawba Nuclear Station and the Catawba Indian Reservation.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) and NETWG members convened to strengthen relationships, discuss current DOE-NE activities, and learn about small modular reactors from a nearby NuScale Power representative. NETWG members continue the working group’s focus on engaging with DOE-NE to discuss topics related to nuclear energy and to foster government-to-government relations under DOE’s American Indian Policy. NCSL provides staff support to NETWG through a cooperative agreement with DOE.
Monday, Jan. 23
NETWG Executive Session
NETWG met for a tribal-only executive session for the first hour of the morning. NCSL and DOE representatives joined the group after the first hour to begin the open meeting.
NuScale Power and Small Modular Reactors
- Nils Breckenridge, NuScale Power, updated the group on the technology used for small modular reactor development. | Presentation
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Tour of Catawba Nuclear Station
NETWG toured the nearby Catawba Nuclear Station.
Visit Catawba Indian Reservation
NETWG visited the Catawba Indian Reservation. Catawba Indian Nation is the newest member tribe of NETWG and is located within a 50-mile radius of four nuclear reactors. NETWG toured Catawba's cultural museum and spoke with Chief Bill Harris of Catawba Indian Nation.