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Project Title: Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

PIN: DELS-NRSB-17-02         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board

Ferguson, Charles

Subject/Focus Area:
Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies

Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
December 12, 2017 - December 13, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Darlene Gros
Phone: (202) 334-3066
Fax: (202) 334-3077


Connect remotely via webcast link:

To register for the meeting, send an e-mail to with "ATTENTION: Registration to attend the Hanford LAW meeting" in the subject line.

Please note: The draft agenda is subject to change

Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Meeting #1: December 12-13, 2017

National Academy of Sciences’ Building
2101 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20418

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NAS Building, Room 120

12:20 pm Call to order and welcome, brief introductions by the committee
John Applegate, committee chair

12:30 pm Congressional perspectives on the tasking
Jonathan Epstein, professional staff member, Senate Armed Services Committee (minority) (confirmed)

Drew Walters, professional staff member, House Armed Services Committee (majority) (confirmed)

1:00 pm Department of Energy-Environmental Management (DOE-EM): Overview of EM’s Program and the Committee’s Tasking
Betsy Connell, Director, EM Regulatory, Intergovernmental, and Stakeholder Affairs (confirmed)

1:35 pm DOE’s Office of River Protection (DOE-ORP): Program Scope and Status
Delmar Noyes, Acting Assistant Manager WTP Start-Up, Commissioning, and Integration, DOE-ORP (confirmed)

2:45 pm BREAK

3:00 pm FFRDC Team, led by Savannah River National Laboratory
Bill Bates, project leader, SRNL, and key members of this team (confirmed)

4:40 pm Opportunity for Public Comment

5:00 pm End Data Gathering Session

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

8:50 am Call to order and welcome, open session reminder
John Applegate, committee chair

9:00 am FFRDC Team, led by Savannah River National Laboratory (continued)
Bill Bates, SRNL, project leader for the FFRDC team, and key members of this team (confirmed)

10:10 am BREAK

10:20 am Perspectives from Independent Government Oversight and Non-Governmental Analysts
David Bearden, Congressional Research Service, “Perspective regarding Congressional interests about cleanup at the Hanford Site” (confirmed)

Nathan Anderson and Amanda Kolling, Government Accountability Office, “Perspective from recent Government Accountability Office’s report on treatment options for low-activity waste at the Hanford Site” (confirmed)

Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute of Policy Studies, “Independent assessment of challenges concerning cleanup at the Hanford Site” (confirmed)

11:45 am Opportunity for Public Comment

Noon End public session

NOTE: All input received by the committee, including any names and e-mail addresses included in the input, will be made available in the Public Access File for the project and may be quoted in whole or in part in the committee’s report(s).

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
John Applegate
Allen Croff
Margaret Chu
Kenneth Czerwinski
Rachel Detwiler
Timothy DeVol
Rodney Ewing
Craig Hansen
Milton Levenson
Cathy Middlecamp
Alfred Sattelberger (day one only)
Barry Scheetz
Anne Smith
Chris Whipple

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Hanford Site visit dates and times; what information do we need to receive and from whom; committee expertise.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: December 15, 2017