Monday, June 3

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  1. 10:00 am

    Registration is Open

  2. 1:00 pm — 1:15 pm

    Welcome and Introductions

  3. 1:15 pm — 2:15 pm

    Opening Keynote: Waste Management Initiatives; National Priorities

    Join us for the opening keynote session as we delve into the critical topic of waste management initiatives and national priorities. Panelists will provide invaluable insights into the current landscape of waste management, highlighting national priorities and initiatives aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of waste.

    From innovative recycling programs to waste-to-energy solutions, this session will explore diverse approaches adopted by nations to address the pressing challenges of waste management. Moreover, the session will illuminate the interconnected nature of waste management with broader environmental, economic, and social considerations, underscoring the importance of collaborative efforts across sectors.

  4. 2:15 pm — 3:00 pm

    Beyond Disposal: Commercial Achievements and Innovations in Spent Fuel Management

    Managing spent nuclear fuel is a critical aspect of nuclear energy production, requiring innovative solutions to ensure safety, security, and environmental protection. This session will delve into the latest commercial achievements and cutting-edge innovations in spent fuel management, addressing the challenges and opportunities in this vital area.

  5. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by:

    Dominion Engineering, Inc
  6. 3:30 pm — 4:15 pm

    Community and Tribal Relationships that Create State and Local Opportunities

    Explore the pivotal role of community and tribal relationships in fostering opportunities for nuclear waste management at the state and local levels in this timely session. From transparent communication to inclusive decision-making processes, this session will spotlight the importance of engaging with communities and tribal nations in the development and implementation of nuclear waste management strategies.

    Through collaborative partnerships, states and localities can harness the expertise, perspectives, and resources of diverse stakeholders to address the complex challenges associated with nuclear waste disposal and storage. Discover best practices in building constructive relationships with communities and tribal nations to facilitate informed decision-making and garner public support for nuclear waste management initiatives.

  7. 4:15 pm — 5:00 pm

    Nuclear Renaissance: Renewed Support for Nuclear Projects as States Drop Moratoriums

    This panel will explore the energy transformation that is emerging in many states as public officials predict sharply increasing demands for power while also facing pressures to reduce carbon emissions.

    Michigan is supporting the first-of-a-kind restart of a permanently shut down reactor. In South Dakota, supporters of House Bill 1071 say the bill updates the legal language, and is the first step of a process in potentially having nuclear power in the state. The Kentucky Senate voted overwhelmingly to lay the foundation to attract nuclear energy projects to a state where coal has dominated and fueled the economy for generations. Who’s Next?

  8. 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm

    A Taste of Kentucky Opening Reception

    Join us in the exhibit hall for our opening networking reception to savor local light bites and specialty bourbon cocktails such as Mint Julep, Old Fashioned and Stone Fruit Ginger Mule!

    Sponsored by:

    NAC International Inc.

Tuesday, June 4

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  1. 7:30 am — 8:30 am

    Networking Breakfast

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  2. 8:30 am — 9:00 am

    Infrastructure Initiatives

    The importance of sustainable infrastructure initiatives for effective environmental management cannot be overstated. This session delves into the innovative strategies and projects aimed at minimizing environmental impact while maximizing resource efficiency and resilience. 

  3. 9:00 am — 10:00 am

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Integrated Rule Making

    Panelists will discuss the implications for the industry on the NRC’s proposed Integrated Rule-making.  The NRC has released/will release a significant change to their rules regarding low-level radioactive waste disposal in found in 10 CFR Part 61. The proposed rule will require that a Performance Assessment be conducted and includes compliance time periods for short and long-lived isotopes.  The rule will be accompanied by a guidance document to assist agreement states in evaluating license applications.  In addition, the proposed rule will include a framework for states to license the disposal of Greater-Than-Class C waste at a near surface disposal facility.   

  4. 10:00 am — 10:30 am

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by:

    ANS, Nuclear News & Radwaste Solutions
  5. 10:30 am — 11:15 am

    Dimensions in Decommissioning

    Commercial nuclear decommissioning is having its moment. This panel will discuss the state of the industry and the evolving regulatory framework for decommissioning. The panel will also explore state efforts to regulate decommissioning and waste disposal activities, public perceptions of decommissioning, and governmental efforts to address the economic impacts of plant shutdowns on “nuclear closure communities.”

  6. 11:15 am — 12:00 pm

    Cleanup to Clean Energy Initiatives

    Through the Cleanup to Clean Energy initiative, DOE will leverage areas that were previously used to protect our national security and will repurpose them to the same end—this time, generating clean energy that will help save the planet and protect our energy independence and transform the lands used over decades for nuclear security and environmental remediation to build some of the largest clean energy projects in the world. DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, Office of Nuclear Energy, and National Nuclear Security Administration have identified about 70,000 acres for potential development at five sites, Hanford, Idaho National Laboratory, Nevada National Security Site, Savannah River Site and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.  What happens next?

  7. 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

    Networking Lunch

    Sponsored by:

    Waste Control Specialists, LLC
  8. 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm

    NNSA Weapons Modernization Program and the Impacts on Waste Management within the Nuclear Security Enterprise

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) oversees the modernization of the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile while also managing nuclear waste generated across the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). This session will explore the interplay between the NNSA’s weapons modernization program and the changes occurring in waste management practices across the NSE.

    This session will feature presentations from NNSA officials, and waste management experts, providing insights into the complex challenges and opportunities at the intersection of nuclear weapons modernization and waste management within the Nuclear Security Enterprise. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the strategies, technologies, and policies driving advancements in nuclear waste management and the broader implications for national security and environmental stewardship.

  9. 2:00 pm — 2:45 pm

    Secure Transport, Packaging, and Storage of High and Low-Level Nuclear Waste: Best Practices and Innovations

    Ensuring the safe and secure transportation, packaging, and storage of high and low-level nuclear waste is paramount for protecting public health, the environment, and national security. This session will delve into the best practices, innovations, and challenges associated with these critical aspects of nuclear waste management, including infrastructure and logistics, packaging technologies and design, and storage of high and low-level nuclear waste.

  10. 2:45 pm — 3:15 pm

    Networking Break

  11. 3:15 pm — 4:00 pm

    Small Businesses, Big Missions

    Across the DOE complex, small businesses are managing and executing large environmental programs on behalf of the federal government. Panelists will discuss the evolution of small businesses from support-service and subcontractor roles to prime contractors, provide updates on current mission work, and offer perspectives on lessons-learned and best practices in small business growth strategies. 

  12. 4:00 pm — 4:45 pm

    Site Spotlight: Portsmouth and Paducah Sites: Legacy, Cleanup, and Future Directions

    The Department of Energy Portsmouth and Paducah sites stand as crucial components of America’s nuclear legacy. These sites have played pivotal roles in the nation’s defense and energy production for decades. However, their operations have also left behind significant environmental legacies that require careful management and remediation efforts. This spotlight explores the cleanup efforts and future directions of these two vital DOE sites.

  13. 4:45 pm — 5:30 pm

    Technology Innovations that Convert Waste into Energy Sources

    This panel will discuss the innovative public-private partnership between DOE and Zeno Power to disposition a “hard to dispose” DOE legacy byproduct material, Strontium-90, through beneficially reuse instead of disposing of it at a waste site.  Zeno will transform DOE Strontium-90, a taxpayer liability, into a fuel for radioisotope power systems that will serve U.S. national security and scientific missions.

  14. 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

    Reception at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

    Join Us for an Evening at the Louisville Slugger Museum
    Where You Don’t Just Witness History — You are Part of it!

    As you meander through the museum’s vast array of exhibits, you’re invited to explore the enduring legacy of the Louisville Slugger, a symbol that has become synonymous with the spirit of baseball. Our guided factory tour peels back the curtain to reveal meticulous craftsmanship, where each bat is a testament to unwavering quality and a love for the game.

    Step up to bat and swing genuine Louisville Slugger wood bats in the batting cage. Feel the rush of baseball’s greatest hitters as you grip the same quality lumber that’s propelled countless home runs. After hitting it out of the park, continue your journey with a stop at our museum gift store. Here, you can take a piece of America’s beloved pastime home with you, from personalized bats to rare memorabilia.

    Indulge in light appetizers, sip on fine beer, wine, and handcrafted cocktails, all included in this unparalleled extravaganza. For your convenience and comfort, chartered bus transportation will be provided.

    Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in the grandeur of baseball and create lasting memories at a venue that hits a home run for charm, history, and pure enjoyment!

    Sponsored by:

    Strategic Packaging Systems & ICE Service Group

Wednesday, June 5

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  1. 7:30 am — 8:30 am

    Networking Breakfast

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  2. 8:30 am — 9:15 am

    The Impacts of Federal Cybersecurity Activities on the DOE Field Sites

    In December of 2024, OMB issued a memo instructing agencies on how they will report their cyber posture to the White House. This memo continued the expansion of cyber security requirements from the traditional Information Technology (IT) environment (think desktop computers) to DOE’s Operational Technology (OT) environment (think control rooms, SCADA systems).

    This is a panel discussion with Federal and Site officials will discuss how new cyber requirements will impact traditional information technology networks and continue to expand into the Operational Technology (OT) environment. This includes reporting on how encryption, multi-factor authentication, and other elements of zero trust architectures. We will explore the short-term (FY24/25) impacts and longer-term (FY26+) impacts of this, and identify ways to mitigate the impact on the DOE mission.

  3. 9:15 am — 10:00 am

    Unlocking Business Horizons: Leveraging Brokerage Services for Nuclear Waste Management Expansion

    Explore the opportunities of the strategic utilization of brokerage services to catalyze growth and innovation in the realm of nuclear waste management. Unlock the potential of brokerage services to drive forward-thinking initiatives and create a safer, more sustainable future for generations to come. Explore the role of brokerage services in facilitating partnerships, streamlining logistics, and optimizing resource allocation.

    Discover how brokerage platforms can bridge gaps between waste producers, treatment facilities, and disposal sites, fostering a seamless ecosystem for sustainable waste. This session is a must-attend for stakeholders seeking to navigate the complexities of nuclear waste management with foresight, innovation, and a strategic mindset. 

  4. 10:00 am — 10:30 am

    Networking Break

  5. 10:30 am — 11:15 am

    Paradigm Shift in Tank Waste Management Progress

    Prepare to embark on a transformative journey through the evolving landscape of tank waste management as we explore the paradigm shift driving progress in this critical field. This session delves deep into the innovative strategies, technological advancements, and collaborative approaches reshaping the trajectory of tank waste management.

    Join leading experts, researchers, and industry pioneers as they examine the changes revolutionizing traditional practices and paving the way for enhanced efficiency, safety, and sustainability. From novel waste treatment methodologies to advanced monitoring and remediation techniques, discover how emerging technologies are redefining the boundaries of what is possible in waste management. Engage in thought-provoking discussions on the evolving regulatory landscape, stakeholder engagement, and the imperative for transparent, science-based decision-making in driving progress. 

  6. 11:15 am — 12:00 pm

    The Path Forward: Seizing Cleanup Site Opportunities and Celebrating Achievements

    Embark on an inspiring journey of reflection and forward-thinking as we explore the path forward in cleanup site management, highlighting both the opportunities that lie ahead and the remarkable achievements already realized. This session serves as a platform to celebrate successes, share lessons learned, and chart a course towards a future of cleaner, safer environments.

    Join current stakeholders as they showcase innovative approaches, cutting-edge technologies, and collaborative initiatives driving progress in cleanup efforts. From remediation breakthroughs to community engagement strategies, delve into the multifaceted dimensions of cleanup site management. Explore success stories and the path to the future from across various sites, offering valuable insights into effective practices and impactful outcomes.

  7. 12:00 pm

    Conference Ends

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