State and Tribal Government Working Group | June 2014 Meeting


The Spring 2014 meeting of the State and Tribal Governments Working Group (STGWG) took place in Santa Fe June 2-5, 2014.STGWG met in conjunction with the NatioState and Tribal Governments Working Group (STGWG) logo of green tree with green rootsnal Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG), the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Federal Facilities Task Force (FFTF), and the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM). The meetings focused on the ongoing impact of the nuclear weapons complex facilities and the cleanup of nuclear waste, the waste issues that affect the environment, and the implications of cleanup activities on communities near DOE sites.

NCSL provided staff support to STGWG in its dialogue on environmental cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex and related issues with the DOE and intergovernmental partners. The meetings also included an exclusive tour of the Puye Cliff Dwellings of the Santa Clara Pueblo and an all-day excursion to the historic Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Monday, June 2, 2014
Time Sessions
3-6 p.m.

Santa Clara Puye Cliff Dwellings Tour (optional)

NCSL wishes to gratefully acknowledge Santa Clara Pueblo for their hospitality and tour of the Puye cliff dwellings.

6:30-8:30 p.m. STGWG Full Membership Business Meeting
Tuesday, june 3, 2014
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Tour of Los Alamos National Laboratory

The tour included visits to Ashley Pond, TA-21, LA weir, TA-54 Area G, and historical sites. 

NCSL wishes to gratefully acknowledge the hospitality of the Los Alamos National Lab and its staff for the tour of the Lab, as well as members and leaders of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso for their contributions to the tour.
4-5 p.m.

Reception with Los Alamos Field Office manager

Kim Davis Lebak, Los Alamos Field Office manager
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
8:30-10:15 a.m. STGWG Tribal Executive Session (closed)
10:30-11:15 a.m. STGWG Tribal Executive Session with DOE Officials
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. STGWG Full Membership Session: Budget Update and Discussion with DOE
12:30-2 p.m.

Working Lunch and Presentation
Patricia Sandoval, director of planning and evaluation, Santa Fe Indian School

2:15-5 p.m.

Joint Sessions with NLWG, FFTF and DOE Officials

  • Emergency Preparedness and Planning: Los Alamos Case Study
  • Update from the Office of Environmental Management and Update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plan (WIPP) Recovery
  • More on WIPP: Impacts of the WIPP Closure on other Sites
  • Wrap-up Discussion and Next Steps
Thursday, June 5, 2014
8-8:15 a.m. STGWG Meeting with DOE
8:15-9:15 a.m. Loss of Cultural Services
9:30-10:30 a.m. Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) - STGWG and DOE Focused Discussion
10:30-11:30 a.m. Next Steps and Closing Comments