Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG) June Meeting
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Tour of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and American Centrifuge Plant
Piketon, Ohio

7:45 a.m.

Meet in hotel lobby
Tour participants will meet in lobby and board bus for an 8:00 a.m. departure

8:00 a.m.

Bus departs hotel

9:50 a.m.

Arrive at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

10-10:30 a.m.

U.S. Department of Energy Site Overview
  • Greg Simonton, U.S. DOE
  • Dennis Carr, Fluor-B&W Site Director

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Tour of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1-2 p.m.

Update on American Centrifuge Plant
  • Briefing: Dan Rogers, ACP General Manager

2-3 p.m.

Walking Tour of American Centrifuge Plant

3 p.m.

Bus departs for Cincinnati

4:45 p.m.

Bus arrives at the Hilton Netherland Plaza
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, Ohio

8-8:30 a.m.


8:30-9 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

  • Delegate Sally Jameson, Maryland (Chair)
  • Scott Hendrick, NCSL

9-9:30 a.m.

An Introduction to NCSL’s Nuclear Legislative Workgroup
A review of NCSL’s work on the cleanup of federal facilities, radioactive waste transportation and storage, and nuclear energy issues.
  • Delegate Sally Jameson, Maryland (Chair)
  • Scott Hendrick, NCSL

9:30-10:15 a.m.

DOE’s Office of Environmental Management 101
As the largest environmental cleanup program in the world, DOE’s Office of Environmental Management has been charged with the responsibility of cleaning up 107 sites across the country whose area is equal to the combined area of Rhode Island and Delaware.  Learn about EM’s mission, activities and recent accomplishments.

  • Christine Gelles, DOE Office of Environmental Management (via phone)    

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:15 a.m.

Site-by-Site Updates
Officials from several DOE Environmental Management sites will give updates on cleanup progress and future challenges.

11:15 a.m. - Noon

The Role of the State:  Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Case Study
Since 1999, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad, New Mexico has stored protective gear, tools and other long-lived radioactive debris (known as transuranic or TRU waste) from the military’s nuclear weapons research and production facilities.  This session will look at how the local community, the state regulatory agencies and the federal government came together to develop and open the site. 

Noon - 1 p.m.

Lunch – State Reports
Workgroup members will also share state reports.  What is going on in your state?  Workgroup members will discuss nuclear-related events/legislation from around the country.

1-1:45 p.m.

Transporting Radioactive Materials Throughout the EM Complex
DOE’s packaging and transportation mission is to (1) develop the systems and technologies to ensure packaging and transportation activities are safe, economical, efficient, secure, and meet applicable regulatory requirements; (2) resolve packaging and transportation issues safely, economically, and promptly; and (3) develop, manage and coordinate policies and procedures for packaging and transportation activities for DOE materials, including hazardous materials (particularly radioactive), substances and wastes.

  • Steve O’Connor, DOE Office of Environmental Management, Office of Packaging & Transportation

1:45-2:30 p.m.

Federal Agency Update: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will give updates on recent activities and accomplishments.  NRC was created as an independent agency by Congress in 1974 to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements.

2:30-3 p.m.

Meet and Greet with Tracy Mustin, DOE Office of environmental Management
Tracy Mustin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, will be available for an informal discussion with Workgroup members.

3-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4 p.m.

Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste Transportation Planning: Section 180(c) of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act
Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, DOE is responsible for
the transportation of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste from
point of origin to destination at a federal storage or disposal facility. Section 180(c), written in to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act Amendments of 1987, requires DOE to prepare public safety officials along the routes for these shipments. Learn how this policy has been implemented and what issues remain unresolved.

  • Corinne Macaluso, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (via phone)
  • Elizabeth Helvey, North Wind Services, LLC (via phone)

4-4:45  p.m.

Federal Agency Update: National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will give updates on recent activities and accomplishments.  NNSA is responsible for the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation, and naval reactor programs. It also responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad. Additionally, NNSA federal agents provide safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons and components and special nuclear materials along with other missions supporting the national security.

  • Christine Gibbs, National Nuclear Security Administration (via phone)

5 p.m.


6:30 p.m.

Legislator Dinner
Legislators and spouses are invited to attend dinner at a nearby restaurant. 
NCSL would like to thank the Nuclear Energy Institute for their generous sponsorship of this dinner.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, Ohio

8-8:30 a.m.


8:30-9:15 a.m.

DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy – A Conversation with Dr. Pete Lyons
The Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) primary mission is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of making major contributions in meeting our Nation’s energy supply, environmental, and energy security needs. Dr. Pete Lyons is the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy in DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, will speak to the group about DOE’s efforts to develop new nuclear technologies and sustainable fuel cycles.
  • Dr. Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (via phone)

9:15-11:15 a.m.

Storage and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel & High-Level Waste
This session will provide an update on efforts to manage nation’s growing stockpiles of used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive wastes.  Learn about nuclear energy production and fuel management at nuclear power reactors.  Discuss DOE’s new strategy for managing used fuel and high-level waste.  Hear about Congressional efforts to implement the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.  Explore what issues need to be resolved before a waste storage or disposal site is opened.

11:15 a.m. - Noon

Strategic Planning Session
A roundtable discussion to guide future NCSL Nuclear Legislative Workgroup activities and products.

  • Delegate Sally Jameson, Maryland (Chair)
  • Scott Hendrick, NCSL