Nuclear Legislative Working Group Meeting Nov. 2016 | New Orleans


Intergovernmental Groups Conference

The Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG) met Nov. 16-18, 2016 in New Orleans with the Intergovernmental Groups Conference. NLWG met on Nov. 16, while the Invergovernmental Groups Conference took place on Nov. 17 and 18. Participating Intergovernmental Groups included:

  • Nuclear Legislative Working Group
  • Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
  • National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG)

The meeting brought together U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials, state legislators, tribal leaders and other associations. 

The purpose of the Intergovernmental Groups Conference was to provide opportunities for increased communications and coordination with the DOE and among states, tribes and local communities affected by the ongoing cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. Meeting attendees had the opportunity to have discussions with officials from DOE's Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), Office of Legacy Management (LM), along with other senior officials at the DOE.

Nuclear stacks photo.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Welcome & Introductions

  • Delegate Sally Jameson, Maryland  (Co-Chair)
  • Brandt Petrasek, DOE Office of Environmental Management
  • Kristy Hartman, NCSL
State Election Update

This was a memorable election, not only at the top of the ticket, but across state legislative races, as well. This session will highlight election results from governors’ races, changes in state legislative chambers and a number of ballot initiatives.

  • Kristy Hartman, NCSL | No Presentation
Success in Cleanup and Transition to Long Term Stewardship

This session examined what happens to the land after the cleanup of a DOE sites resulting from nuclear research and nuclear weapons production over the past 50 years.

  • Jill Conrad, Deputy Chief of Staff & Tribal Program Manager, Richland Operations Office | No Presentation
  • Tony Carter, Team Leader, Public and Intergovernmental Engagement Team, DOE’s Office of Legacy Management | No Presentation
Delivering the Nuclear Promise

This session took a detailed look at the Nuclear Energy Institute’s efforts to reduce operating costs by 30 percent by 2018. The initiative, “Delivering the Nuclear Promise,” is a multiyear strategy to transform the industry through efficiency improvements and changes in regulatory and market factors.

  • Rodney McCullum, Senior Director of Used Fuel & Decommissioning, Nuclear Energy Institute | Presentation
Business Meeting
  • Introduction to the Intergovernmental Groups Conference
  • Member updates
  • Discussion for spring 2017 meeting
Where Have We Been, Where are We Going?

An update on DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy’s efforts to design a consent-based siting initiative and roundtable discussion of comments from states, tribes and local governments on how our input will be carried over into the new administration. This session was held in coordination with the Energy Communities Alliance.

  • Andy Griffith, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle Technologies, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy | No Presentation
Update from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy
  • Brad Williams, Senior Advisor, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (call-in) | Presentation
Key Messages from DOE’s Office of Environmental Management
  • Sue Cange, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Manager of the Oak Ridge Office | No Presentation
  • Betsy Connell, Chief of Staff, DOE Office of Environmental Management | No Presentation
Regulatory Efforts in the Office of Environmental Management
  • Rob Seifert, Acting Director for Regulatory, Intergovernmental & Stakeholder Engagement, Office of Environmental Management | No Presentation
Business Meeting, Continued
  • Member updates
  • Discussion for spring 2017 meeting
State Legislative Roundup

NCSL has been tracking state legislation and state actions on nuclear issues for years. However, this past year has been particularly active as a number of states have moved to retain nuclear power plants in the face of strong competition from competing power sources. NCSL staff outlined legislative trends and detailed some of the findings from its recent research.