December 16-17, 2021

Joint Meeting of the Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee & the Transuranic Waste Transportation Working Group

Nashville, Tennessee | Agenda

The Joint Meeting of the Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee and the Transuranic Waste Transportation Working Group was held December 16th and 17th, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The purpose of the gathering was to collaborate with U.S. Department of Energy agencies and associated federal organizations involved in the transportation of radioactive materials, foster improved communications, and discuss transportation policies between the various institutions and the states.

At the year-end event, the Committees received program and regulatory policy updates impacting the transportation field.


WIPP Transportation Program and National TRU Activities
James Mason and Bobby St. John
U.S. DOE | Carlsbad Field Office 

DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Program Update
Erica Bickford
U.S. DOE | NE Office of Integrated Waste Management

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
Carlisle Smith
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Overview
Gerard Jackson
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program Overview
Tom Clawson
TRG Incorporated

Radiological Assistance Program – Emergency Response Assets
Bill Reding
U.S. DOE | National Nuclear Security Administration
Office of Nuclear Incident Response

Federal Railroad Administration Update and Report Findings of the 2020 Gondola Rail Car Fire
Jeffrey Moore
Federal Railroad Administration

Review of the NTSF Spent Nuclear Fuel Rail/Routing Ad Hoc Working Group Draft Railcar Safety Inspection Protocol
Steve Maheras
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition Initiatives
Katrina McMurrian
Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition 

September 27-29, 2021

61st Annual Meeting

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | Omni Hotel

Presentations, adopted resolutions, and more are available on the Meeting Page below.

August 25, 2021

Webinar: Carbon Capture in the Southeast | SECARB-USA

via Zoom

On August 25th, we sat down and discussed the ongoing work of our carbon capture regional initiative, SECARB-USA. SSEB has been actively involved in the study and promotion of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) for nearly two decades.

We were joined by project partners Richard Esposito of Southern Company, Dr. Susan Hovorka from the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT Austin, and Katherine Zimmerman of Wood to discuss our past and future work together on CCUS issues and priorities, including the current push for the inclusion of carbon capture technology in federal decarbonization efforts.

The archived video is available below.

July 15, 2021

Webinar: Carbon Capture – Regional Initiatives Focus

via Zoom

In this webinar, we explored the past, present, and future work of three regional initiatives (RIs) related to carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

The RIs and respective project leads highlighted in the webinar were:

  • The Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership (CUSP) – New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

    Dr. Robert Balch
    Petroleum Recovery Research Center

  • The Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI) – Battelle Memorial Institute

    Dr. Neeraj Gupta
    Technical Director – Carbon Management
    Energy Division, Battelle

  • The Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership (PCOR) – University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)

    Ed Steadman
    VP for Research

The session also featured Jason Lanclos, the Director of the Louisiana State Energy Office, discussing the value and effects of regional carbon capture initiatives.

July 8, 2021

Energy Briefing to Southern Legislative Leaders

via Zoom | Agenda

This virtual forum highlighted key energy and environmental issues, federal and state policies, administrative and regulatory initiatives, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic felt throughout the Southeast over the past year.

April 14-15, 2021

SECARB Offshore & GoMCarb Joint Virtual Conference

via Zoom

We held our third annual joint SECARB Offshore and GoMCarb team meeting in order to share project updates and examine project progression despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

SECARB Offshore’s portion of the meeting is available for viewing below.

April 6, 2021

Associate Members Spring Meeting

via Zoom

March 11, 2021

Winter Webinar Series:
Batteries: Powering EVs and Beyond

via Zoom

In this information-packed webinar, our panelist discussed the innovative energy technology of batteries—the power behind electric vehicles (EVs) and much more.

Three experts covered the current limitations and the future innovations of battery technology, sources of federal funding, as well as government and industry response to market demands.

Presenters for the session were:

  • Steven Boyd
    Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. DOE;
  • Commissioner Tim Echols
    Georgia Public Service Commission; and
  • Matthew Renna

February 25, 2021

Winter Webinar Series:
The Evolution of EVs in the Southeast 

via Zoom

In our inaugural webinar installment, our presenters provided an analysis of the growing pace of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the Southeast and examined the industry and policy response.

Presenters for the session were:

  • Stan Cross
    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE);
  • Jennifer Weiss
    Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University;
  • Joe Hoagland
    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); and
  • Alexa Voytek
    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.