TRMTC Midyear Meeting | Arlington, Va. | Jan. 23-25, 2019


Meeting Overview

TRMTC logo.The Tribal Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee  (TRMTC) held its mid-year meeting on Jan. 23-25, 2019 at the Westin Crystal City hotel in Arlington, Va. TRMTC engages tribal governments interested in or impacted by the broad spectrum of the Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear energy activities related to shipments of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. 

TRMTC, formerly known as the Tribal Caucus, meets semi-annually to plan and discuss topics relevant for the National Transportation Stakeholders Forum (NTSF). NTSF is the mechanism through which the DOE communicates at a national level with tribes and states about the shipments of radioactive waste and materials. NTSF meetings focus specifically on discussing packaging and transportation, emergency management, security, inspection and enforcement, and radiation protection.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

Welcome and Overview

  • Opening prayer
  • Overview of meeting priorities

TRMTC Business Session  

This session was only open to TRMTC members, and NCSL staff

  • TRMTC Executive Committee Updates
  • NCSL Updates and TRMTC accomplishments report 
  • FY19 action plan review and updates
  • Tribal Transportation White Paper
  • TRMTC meeting priorities 

DOE Program Updates

  • Jay Jones, physical scientist, DOE-NE
  • Brandt Petrasek, director of Tribal Programs, DOE-EM

DOE, Office of Environmental Management – Office of Packaging and Transportation Updates

  • Demitrous Blount, NTSF lead, DOE-EM-OPT | Combined Presentation
  • Ellen Edge, TEPP program manager, DOE-EM- OPT 
  • Joe Martinez, transportation specialist, DOE-EM-OPT

Tribal Roundtable Discussion

Participants provided brief updates on meetings they have attended and discussed current transportation topics of his/her respective tribe. Topics of the conversation focused on the transportation of radioactive waste, emergency response and preparedness.

Wrap up and adjourn 

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

TRMTC Day 2 Meeting Overview and Priorities

State Regional Group Updates

  • SSEB – Chris Wells, assistant director, Nuclear Programs
  • CSG - Midwest – Lisa Janairo, program director 
  • CSG - Northeast – Uldis Vanags, project director
  • WIEB - Melanie Snyder, program manager, High-Level Radioactive Waste 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Environment and Safety Review, Decommissioning Process

NRC’s Tribal Program Update and CISF Status and Next Steps:
  • Sandra Talley, senior liaison project manager
  • Cinthya Roman, chief, Environmental Review Branch | Presentation
NRC decommissioning process and facility status:
  • Jack Parrott, senior project manager, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Proposed decommissioning rule:
  • Dan Doyle, project manager, Division of Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards | Presentation
Development of a generic environmental impact statement for decommissioning:
  • Jessie Quintero, project manager, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety, Safeguards and Environmental Review, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards | Presentation

Holtec International 

Federal Agency Panel Discussion on Transportation Route Planning – criteria, processes and notification 

  • Jeff Moore, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Gerard Jackson, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) | Presentation
  • Robert Fronczak, Association of American Railroads (AAR) 

Nuclear Energy Institute – Tabletop Exercise Preview 

Debrief, wrap-up and adjourn

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

NTSF 2019 Annual Meeting Action Planning Session

Review action items and adjourn