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Chapter: Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Appendix B

Information-Gathering Sessions

DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS PLUTONIUM IN THE WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT

MEETING #1: NOVEMBER 28-30, 2017

The Keck Center
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

1:00 PM Call to order and welcome, brief introductions by the committee
Bob Dynes, Committee Chair
1:15 PM National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Overview of the Material Management and Minimization Program and the Committee’s Tasking
Peter Hanlon, NNSA, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Material Management and Minimization
1:40 PM Plutonium Dilute and Dispose Program Scope and Status
Sachiko McAlhany, NNSA, Senior Technical Advisor
2:40 PM BREAK
3:00 PM The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and Disposal of Surplus Plutonium
Betsy Forinash, Director, National Transuranic Waste Program-HQ, DOE-EM
3:45 PM Environmental Protection Agency’s Activities Related to the Plutonium Dilute and Dispose Program
Thomas Peake, EPA Radiation Protection Division, Director for the Center for Waste Management and Regulations
4:45 PM Opportunity for Public Comment
5:00 PM End Data Gathering Session
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

9:00 AM Call to order and welcome, open session reminder
Bob Dynes, Committee Chair
9:10 AM New Mexico Stakeholder Perspectives: Southwest Research and Information Center
Don Hancock, director, via Webcast
9:40 AM Dilute and Dispose: The Best Available Approach for Excess Plutonium Disposition
Ed Lyman, Senior Scientist, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
10:30 AM BREAK
10:45 AM Perspectives from the U.S. Government Accountability Office
David Trimble, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. GAO
Eli Lewine, Senior Analyst, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. GAO
11:30 AM Historical Perspectives and Congressional Authorities
James Werner, Congressional Research Service
12:15 PM BREAK for LUNCH, catered for committee members
1:00 PM Plutonium Disposal Considerations
Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice, Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
1:40 PM Opportunity for Public Comment
2:00 PM End public session

Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:30 AM Meet at the Forrestal Building for check-in, badging, and security check
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions, Review Security Procedures Briefings
12:45 PM Wrap-up
1:00 PM ADJOURN

Note: The data-gathering session of this meeting to be held on November 30, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, EST, will not be open to the public under Subsection 15(b)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Act, 5 U.S.C. App. The Academy has determined that to open this session to the public would disclose information described in 5 U.S.C. § 552(b).

MEETING #3: FEBRUARY 12-13, 2018

Gressette Senate Office Building - Committee Room 105
South Carolina Capitol Complex
1101 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Monday, February 12, 2018

5:00 PM Call to order and welcome
  • Brief introductions of committee and staff
  • Review of the meeting agenda and objectives
  • Overview of SRS Site Tours
    Robert (Bob) Dynes, committee chair
    Jennifer (Jenny) Heimberg, study director
Perspectives, Concerns, and Questions About DOE Plans to Dilute and Dispose of Surplus Plutonium at WIPP
5:15 PM Rick Lee, Chair of the Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council
Charles W. Hess, Vice President, High Bridge Associates
5:45 PM James Marra, Director, Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness
6:15 PM Gil Allensworth, Chair, SRS Citizens Advisory Board (CAB)
6:45 PM Christopher Wells, Assistant Director of Nuclear Programs, Southern States Energy Board
7:05 PM Public Comments
The committee will listen to comments from the public. Each comment period will be limited to 3 minutes. Note that the committee accepts written comments at any time during the study. Please send written comments to Plutonium_Disposition@nas.edu.
7:30 PM ADJOURN Day One

Note: The data gathering sessions of this meeting to be held on February 12, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM, EST, and February 13, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, EST, will not be open to the public under Subsection 15(b)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. The Academy has determined that to open these sessions to the public would disclose information described in 5 U.S.C. § 552(b).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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MEETING #4: MARCH 12-14, 2018

New Mexico trip:
Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Carlsbad,
and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

Monday, March 12, 2018

The classified subgroup will visit Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the morning of March 12.

8:00 AM Welcome and the Advanced Recovery and Integrated Extraction System (ARIES)
Overview and Related Dilute and Dispose Activities
(To Be Determined LANL Personnel)
8:30 AM Tour ARIES
11:00 AM LUNCH on-site, catered
Meeting with dilute and dispose NNSA Staff
11:30 AM End Tour
5:00 PM Call to order and welcome
  • Brief introductions of committee and staff
  • Review of the meeting agenda and objectives
    Robert (Bob) Dynes, Committee Chair
    Jennifer (Jenny) Heimberg, Study Director
5:15 PM Perspectives, Concerns, and Questions About DOE Plans to Dilute and Dispose of Surplus Plutonium at WIPP
George Anastas, retired, Past President of Health Physics Society
5:45 PM Disposal of Plutonium at WIPP
Don Hancock, Southwest Research and Information Center, Director of Nuclear Waste Programs
6:15 PM Perspectives, Concerns, and Questions About DOE Plans to Dilute and Dispose of Surplus Plutonium at WIPP
Lokesh Chaturvedi, Ph.D., Independent Consultant
6:45 PM The Role of the Governor’s Radioactive Waste Consultation Task Force
Ken McQueen, Cabinet Secretary of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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7:00 PM Public Comments
The committee will listen to comments from the public. Each comment period will be limited to 3 minutes. Note that the committee accepts written comments at any time during the study. Please send written comments to Plutonium_Disposition@nas.edu.
7:30 PM ADJOURN Day One

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

4:00 PM Call to order and welcome
  • Brief introductions of committee and staff
  • Review of the meeting agenda and objectives
  • Overview of the TRANSCOMM and EOC tours
    Robert (Bob) Dynes, Committee Chair
4:15 PM WIPP Regulatory and Operations Overview
Todd Shrader, Manager, Carlsbad Field Office
George Basabilvazo, Chief Scientist, Carlsbad Field Office
Perspectives, Concerns, and Questions About DOE Plans to Dilute and Dispose of Surplus Plutonium at WIPP
6:00 PM Russell Hardy, Director, Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center
6:20 PM John Heaton, Chairman of the Mayor’s Nuclear Task Force
6:40 PM Cathrynn Brown, State Representative and Susan Crockett, Eddy County Commissioner
7:00 PM Public Comments
The committee will listen to comments from the public. Each comment period will be limited to 3 minutes. Note that the committee accepts written comments at any time during the study. Please send written comments to Plutonium_Disposition@nas.edu.
7:30 PM ADJOURN Day Two

Note: The data gathering session of this meeting to be held on March 12, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, MDT, will not be open to the public under Subsection 15(b)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. The Academy has determined that to open this session to the public would disclose information described in 5 U.S.C. § 552(b).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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MEETING #7: MAY 2-3, 2018

The Keck Center
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2:30 PM New Mexico’s Agreements, Laws, and Regulations: Review of Potential Changes to the Land Withdrawal Act (LWA) and Consultation and Cooperation (C&C) Agreement
Lindsay Lovejoy, Attorney
3:30 PM Termination of Safeguards for the Surplus Plutonium in the Dilute and Dispose Option
Debarah S. Holmer, Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS/AU), Department of Energy (DOE)
4:00 PM Outline of the Dilute and Dispose Option Life Cycle Cost Estimate (LCCE) Contents
Virginia Kay, Deputy Director, Office of Material Disposition (NA-233), Office of Material Management and Minimization, National Nuclear Security Administration, DOE
4:30 PM Public Comments
4:45 PM ADJOURN

MEETING #8: JUNE 26, 2018

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Drive
Irvine, CA 92617

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

All times shown below are Pacific Standard Time.

12:00 PM Welcome and Call to Order
Robert (Bob) Dynes, Committee Chair
12:15 PM Overview of Current Status and Next Steps of the Dilute and Dispose Program
Pete Hanlon, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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12:45 PM Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program
Sachiko McAlhany, Senior Technical Advisor, NA-23
Todd Shrader, Manager, Carlsbad Field Office, DOE-EM
Samuel Callahan, Director, Office of Security, AU-50
2:30 PM BREAK in the Foyer
2:40 PM Welcome
Robert (Bob) Dynes, Committee Chair
2:45 PM Planning, Inventory and Capacity at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)
Todd Shrader, Manager, Carlsbad Field Office, Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM)
3:45 PM End Data Gathering Session Open to the Public
3:50 PM CONT’D (if needed) Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program
Sachiko McAlhany, Senior Technical Advisor, NA-23
Todd Shrader, Manager, Carlsbad Field Office, DOE-EM
Samuel Callahan, Director, Office of Security, AU-50
5:00 PM NNSA’s Quantities and Production Rates
Sachiko McAlhany, Senior Technical Advisor, NNSA
6:00 PM ADJOURN

Note: The data-gathering sessions of this meeting to be held on June 26, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 PM and 3:45 PM to 6:00 PM, PDT, will not be open to the public under Subsection 15(b)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. The Academy has determined that to open these sessions to the public would disclose information described in 5 U.S.C. § 552(b).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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CLASSIFIED SUBGROUP ONLY: AUGUST 23, 2018

Video Teleconference (VTC)

DRAFT AGENDA

Thursday, August 23, 2018 (all times shown are Eastern)

12:00 PM Sachiko McAlhany, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
1:45 PM Move to Committee-Only session
Robert Dynes, Chair, Committee on the Disposal of Surplus Plutonium
3:30 PM ADJOURN

Note: The data gathering session of this meeting to be held on August 23, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 PM, EDT, will not be open to the public under Subsection 15(b)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. The Academy has determined that to open this session to the public would disclose information described in 5 U.S.C. § 552(b).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Sessions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25272.
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Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report evaluates the general viability of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE-NNSA’s) conceptual plans for disposing of 34 metric tons (MT) of surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a deep geologic repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico. This report evaluates DOE-NNSA’s plans to ship, receive, and emplace surplus plutonium in WIPP and its understanding of the impacts of these plans on WIPP and WIPP-bound waste streams. This report, the first of two to be issued during this study, provides a preliminary assessment of the general viability of DOE-NNSA’s conceptual plans, focusing on some of the barriers to their implementation.

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