From: Scott Hendrick
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: NCSL Nuclear Newsletter: April 2014
Date: Wed Apr 30 22:43:56 MDT 2014
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NCSL Nuclear Legislative Workgroup Newsletter

April 2014

In This Issue

Upcoming Events

Of Interest

DOE Updates

Contact Us

Upcoming Events

 

NCSL Nuclear Legislative Working Group Spring Meeting
June 3-5, 2014
Santa Fe, NM

NCSL’s Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG) will be meeting June 3-5 in Santa Fe for its annual spring meeting.  The meeting will give state legislators the chance to learn about the cleanup of the federal nuclear weapons production and research facilities, hear from experts on nuclear energy developments in the states, and talk with federal officials from the U.S. Department of Energy.  If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact Claire Lewis at NCSL (claire.lewis@ncsl.org; 303-856-1433).

2014 National Transportation Stakeholders Forum (NTSF)
May 13-15, 2014
Minneapolis, MN

Sponsored by the DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation, Office of Nuclear Energy, and Carlsbad Field Office—and co-hosted this year by the Tribal Caucus and The Council of State Governments’ (CSG) Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee— NTSF connects representatives of tribal and state governments, federal agency officials, local governments, and industry to address key institutional issues relating to transporting radioactive waste. As in past years, the Tribal Caucus and State Regional Groups will hold their individual spring meetings in conjunction with the NTSF meeting.  If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Scott Hendrick at NCSL (scott.hendrick@ncsl.org; 303-856-1409).

NRC Webinar: Nuclear Reactor Decommissioning
May 6, 2014
11:00am ET – 12:30pm ET

This webinar, which will discuss U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s oversight of nuclear reactor decommissioning, is the first in a new NRC webinar series covering various topics of interest for state audiences.  Planned topics for the May 6 webinar include: the power reactor decommissioning process, current status of decommissioning in the United States, and emergency preparedness aspects. Participants must register in advance of the webinar at the following link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/586071168.  See NRC’s A New Look at Reactor Decommissioning for background information on the issue.

Of Interest

 

DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report
On April 24, the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) released the initial accident investigation report related to the Feb. 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico.  To stay tuned on developments at WIPP, visit DOE’s WIPP website, the Carlsbad Nuclear Nexus, or just contact Scott Hendrick at NCSL (scott.hendrick@ncsl.org; 303-856-1409).

DOE, NWP Making Plans to Continue Moving LANL Transuranic Waste
Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the management and operating contractor at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing to ship transuranic waste currently located at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for temporary storage at Waste Control Specialists (WCS), located in western Andrews County, Texas.

The Department has committed to the state of New Mexico to removing several thousand cubic meters of TRU waste from LANL by June 30, 2014. The waste will be moved to WIPP for final disposal once the site reopens. Any shipments of LANL transuranic waste to a temporary storage site are contingent upon the completion of an appropriate National Environmental Policy Act analysis.

DOE Updates

 

From DOE Headquarters

·        EM Launches First-Ever Interactive Timeline on Cleanup’s History

·        EM Celebrates Successful Completion of Recovery Act Program

·        Secretary’s Honor Awards Recognize EM’s Tank Cleanup, Closure

·        EM Lab Addresses Waste Challenge, Improves Worker Safety

·        EM Employee to Gain Expertise in Japan Through Unique One-Year Fellowship

·        EM Shines with Five DOE Sustainability Awards

·        More Than 180 People Gather for Women of Waste Management Event

·        EM Supports Department’s Small Business Commitment at Waste Management

·        DOE Fellows Join Waste Management Conference

·        EM Sites Honored for Bird Protection Practices

 

Idaho: Idaho National Laboratory

·        DOE issues Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment on Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials at Idaho National Laboratory

 

Kentucky: Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

·        Schools Near EM Sites in Kentucky, Ohio Advance to DOE's National Science Bowl

·        Paducah Site Exceeds 2.5 Million Hours Without Lost Workdays

 

Nevada: Nevada National Security Site (NNSS)

·        Nevada National Security Site Groundwater Program Welcomes Peer Review Team

 

New Mexico: Los Alamos National Laboratory

·        DOE, NWP Making Plans to Continue Moving LANL Transuranic Waste (see attached press release)

 

New Mexico: Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

·        DOE Finalizes WIPP Fire Investigation Report

·        DOE Awards Small Business Contract for Support to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

·        DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

·        Carlsbad Field Office Nominated for Employer Support Freedom Award

 

Ohio: Portsmouth Site

·        Schools Near EM Sites in Kentucky, Ohio Advance to DOE's National Science Bowl

·        EM Wins Five Sustainability Awards at Three Sites: Second Story in Two-Part Series

·        EM, County Install Sewer Line for Development

 

South Carolina: Savannah River Site

·        AHA Recognizes Fit-Friendly Worksites at SRS

·        EM Wins Five Sustainability Awards at Three Sites: Second Story in Two-Part Series

·        Savannah River National Laboratory Celebrates More Than 60 Years of Innovation

·        Construction Workers Achieve Safety Milestone at Savannah River Site

·        EM Contractors’ Donations Support 4-Year Engineering Degree at USC Aiken

 

Tennessee: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

·        EM Wins Five Sustainability Awards at Three Sites: Second Story in Two-Part Series

 

Utah: Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project

·        Moab Project Safely Logs 2 Million Work Hours

 

Washington: Hanford

·        DOE Issues Draft RFP for Hanford Site Lab Services

·        Department of Energy Releases Proposal to Amend the Hanford Consent Decree

 

 

 

 




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