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America’s Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste

KEYWORDS: NATIVE AMERICANS, NUCLEAR WASTE

WHEN: Monday, April 27, 2015 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Red Lion Hanford House Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland, WA, 99352

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The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) project, “America’s Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste,” was designed to reinvigorate and expand the discussion on nuclear waste, identify barriers prohibiting progress on storage and disposal of the waste, and explore options to create a viable national strategy for its long-term and safe disposition.

BPC hosted a regional event in Richland, WA for a discussion on local and national perspectives on the disposal of defense waste and the impacts of the lack of action on Native American tribes.

Note that the event ran from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m PT.


Agenda

6:00-6:05 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions

  • Tim Frazier, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Steve Hudson, Hanford Advisory Board

6:05-7:15
Panel Discussion I

Disposal of High Level Defense Waste: Options and Impediments for Progress

  • Moderator: Tim Frazier, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Mary Louise Wagner, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington DC
  • Gerry Pollet, Representative, 46th District, WA
  • Ken Niles, Oregon, Department of Energy
  • Andy Fitz, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State
  • Tom Carpenter, Executive Director, Hanford Challenge

7:15-7:30
Break

7:30-8:30
Panel Discussion II

Impacts of Nuclear Waste on Tribal Nations: Options and Impediments for Progress

  • Moderator: Tim Frazier, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Willie Preacher- Shoshone Bannock Tribe
  • George Gholson- Timbisha Shoshone
  • Gabriel Bohnee – Nez Perce Tribe
  • Warren Spencer Jr. (invited) – Yakama Nation

8:30-9:00
Facilitated Public Discussion and Public Comment