Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group Meeting | Palm Springs, Calif.



NETWG membersThe Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG) is a chartered working group, focused on engaging tribal governments interested in the broad spectrum of Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear energy activities.

NETWG explores such topics as nuclear research and development, small module reactors, stakeholder outreach, STEM education, emergency response and planning activities, and potential economic business opportunities. On Jan. 27-28, 2016, NETWG convened at Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Palm Springs, Calif., for its first quarterly meeting in 2016.

NETWG Meeting Summary

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Joint Tribal Caucus/NETWG Working Lunch 

Presentation on DOE National Tribal Energy Summit

  • Chris Deschene, DOE Office of Indian Energy | No Presentation

 NETWG  participants hosted a closed session for members only. 

  • Facilitated by Richard Arnold, Consolidated Group of Tribes and Organizations | No Presentation

DOE Nuclear Research and Development

This session provided updates on DOE-NE and current projects, including an overview of Small Modular Reactors, evaluation of degradation mechanisms relevant to long-term storage and subsequent transportation, and deep borehole disposal concept for disposal of waste. 

Office of Indian Energy Priorities

This session provided an overview of the Office of Indian Energy and strategies to advance its program priorities. Included a discussion of Washington Internship for Native Students (WINS) program to bring internship opportunities to native students and an overview of OIE webinars, which are available online. 

This session also provided an overview of DOE Tribal Education Opportunities, including discussions of the Tribal Working Group Summit and a focus on STEM education. 

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Storage Updates

This session was an overview of dry cask storage, covering shutdown reactor sites, dry storage systems and transportation casks, and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations.     

  • Steve Maheras, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Presentation

This presentation included a high burnup spent fuel demonstration and shipments to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

  • Jay Jones, DOE Office of Environmental Management | No Presentation

This session was an overview of the licensing process for interim storage sites, including general licenses and site specific licenses.

  • Paul Michalak and David Pstrak, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission | Presentation

Clean Power Plan

This session discussed the Clean Power Plan, specifically focusing on the importance of tribal participation distinct from state participation. This presentation covered the legal frameworks and issues surrounding tribal participation.

  • Sara Drescher, Forest County Potawatomi Community | Presentation

This session covered Secretary Moniz’s support of nuclear energy as part of the Clean Power Plan. 

Moving Forward

The group as a whole discussed steps moving forward for NETWG meetings and communications, including frequency of meetings, expanded membership and future webinars.