The 2019 RadWaste Summit will focus on the full spectrum of commercial and federal radioactive waste management, including U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Defense, US Army Corps of Engineers, utilities, disposal and treatment vendors, and more.


The 2019 RadWaste Summit has announced a speaking spot for Rita Baranwal, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy, (DOE). In her current role, Dr. Baranwal leads the office’s efforts to promote research and development on existing and advanced nuclear technologies.

In addition to Dr. Baranwal, five prominent US Department of Energy professionals will join the ranks of 42 confirmed radioactive waste industry executives speaking at the three-day Summit: Todd Shrader, David Adler, Melinda Higgins, Tamara Miles, and John Arthur (Jay) Mullis.

The Summit will address a variety of topics including, new management perspectives from the Office of Environmental Management, new and current challenges for the clean up sites, federal and commercial perspectives on consolidated interim storage, recent developments in high level waste transportation as well as business opportunities with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Tribal Governments and the Romania Ministry of Economy. You can check out the full agenda here. The Summit consists of 15 specialized sessions and nine networking opportunities.

The following speakers and moderators have also been confirmed for the RadWaste Summit:

Tamara L. Miles, Procurement Director, U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center

Ken Rueter, President and Chief Executive Officer, UCOR

Jay Mullis, Manager, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM), U.S. Department of Energy

David Adler, Director, Quality & Mission Support Division, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy

Rod Baltzer, Chief Operating Officer, Deep Isolation

Jonathan Blankenship, President, ALARA Global Logistics Group

Francis (Chip) Cameron, President, the Zero Gravity Group

Larry W. Camper, USNRC Retired, Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant, Talisman International, LLC

David Carlson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Waste Control Specialists, LLC

Renee Echols, President, Firewater, LLC

Jeff England, Director of Transportation and Packaging Solutions, NAC International

Kent Fortenberry, Manager, Technical and Nuclear Services, URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR)

Eugene J. Gleason, President/Managing Director, Nuclear Management Associates

Ken Grumski, Senior Vice President, SECUR, LLC

Melinda Higgins, NE Tribal STEM Advisor, CNI Global Solutions, LLC, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Scott Kirk, Director, Regulatory Affairs, BWXT

Seth Kirshenberg, Executive Director, Energy Communities Alliance

Eric Knox, Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services Group, AECOM

Stephen S. Koenick, Chief, Low Level Waste Branch, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs (DUWP), Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS)

Darrell Lacy, Director, Nuclear Waste Repository Project Office (NWRPO), Nye County, Nevada

Andrew Lombardo, Senior Vice President, Manager of Nuclear Services, Perma-Fix Environmental Services

Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Decommissioning and Used Fuels, Nuclear Energy Institute

-Todd Shrader, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy

Chris Schneidmiller, Editor in Chief, ExchangeMonitor Publications & Forums

Floyd Velasquez, Emergency Services Administrator, Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Heather Westra, Environmental Program Coordinator, Prairie Island Indian Community

and more!

“We are excited by the caliber of speakers making up our robust program,” said Nancy Berlin, Program Manager, RadWaste Summit. “The combined expertise of our speakers ensures a comprehensive look at the state of the radioactive waste industry as it stands in 2019 and beyond.”

The 2019 RadWaste Summit will take place September 3-5 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, NV. With hundreds of expected attendees and several high-profile sponsors and exhibitors already secured, including Deep Isolation, I.C.E. Service Group, Inc., Jacobs, PacTec, Peterson Incorporated, TransCo Products Inc., UniTech Services Group, and Veolia, the RadWaste Summit is a can’t-miss event.

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