November 16 – 18, 2016 | New Orleans, LA

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Federal Facilities Task Force met for the 15th combined intergovernmental meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The meeting was held jointly with the Energy Communities Alliance, Environmental Council of the States, National Association of Attorneys General, National Conference of State Legislatures and State and Tribal Government Working Group.

The meeting provided an opportunity for states, tribes and local governments affected by the ongoing cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex to discuss critical issues with each other and with DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) and other relevant federal agencies. In addition to hearing from DOE-EM leadership, topics for discussion included the presidential transition and the near-term future of the cleanup mission; the re-opening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) facility; ongoing dialogue between DOE, EPA, and states around cleanup issues; the role of research and development and new technology in cleanup; long-term stewardship; acquisition and contracting; and issues surrounding the oversight of on-site waste disposal cells.

Agenda

Presentations

November 17, 2016

The Presidential Transition and the Implications for the EM Program: Best Practices and Requests from the Intergovernmental Groups

Speakers:

  • Seth Kirshenberg, executive director, Energy Communities Alliance
  • Andy Fitz, senior counsel, Washington State Office of the Attorney General

Update on the DOE Environmental Management Program

Speaker:

  • Sue Cange, acting principal deputy assistant secretary, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management

How DOE Is Preparing and Looking Ahead to the Future

Speakers:

  • David Klaus, deputy under secretary for management and performance, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Betsy Connell, chief of staff, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management

Lunch Presentation: Update from the National Nuclear Security Administration

Speaker:

  • Bob Raines, associate administrator for acquisitions and project management, National Nuclear Security Administration

Discussion of the Re-opening of WIPP: Schedule, Safety, and Impacts on Cleanup

Moderator:

  • Dick Doss, councilmember, City of Carlsbad

Speakers:

  • Frank Marcinowski, associate principal deputy assistant secretary for regulatory and policy affairs, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management
  • Susan Burke, INL coordinator, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

The DOE-EPA-State Dialogue

Moderator:

  • Shari Meghreblian, deputy commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Speakers:

  • Rob Seifert, acting director for regulatory, intergovernmental, and stakeholder engagement, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management
  • Charlotte Bertrand, director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office
  • Doug Shoop, manager, Richland Operations Office, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management

Panel Discussion: EM Cleanup Acquisition and Contracting

Moderator:

  • Steve Young, mayor, City of Kennewick

Speakers:

  • Ralph Holland, acting deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and project management, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management
  • Jack Craig, site manager, Savannah River Site, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management

November 18, 2016

EM’s Research and Development Program and Budget Considerations

Speakers:

  • Stacy Charboneau, associate principal deputy assistant secretary for field operations, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management
  • Kevin Smith, manager, Office of River Protection, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management
  • Jay Mullis, deputy manager for environmental management, Oak Ridge Office, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management

New On-Site Waste Disposal Cells and Issues for State/Local/Tribal Governments

Moderator:

  • Amy Fitzgerald, director of government affairs and information services, City of Oak Ridge

Speakers:

  • Christine Andres, bureau of federal facilities chief, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
  • Robert Edwards, manager, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management

Long-Term Stewardship and EM-LM Coordination

Speakers:

  • Tony Carter, public and intergovernmental engagement team leader, U.S. DOE Office of Legacy Management
  • Peter Chestnut, attorney, Pueblo de San Ildefonso

Intergovernmental Groups—Next Steps and Joint Activities for Transition

Moderator:

  • Carolyn Hanson, deputy director, ECOS