The NTSF hosts periodic informational webinars for NTSF members and attendees on topics related to radioactive materials transport and US Department of Energy programs. Below you can find registration links for upcoming webinars, along with recordings and presentation slide decks for past webinars.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 NTSF Annual Meetings were converted to summer webinar series.
September 28, 2023 - Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Safety Coordination and Compliance Oversight Plan (SCCOP)
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) first created the Safety Compliance Oversight Plan for Rail Shipments of High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent-Nuclear Fuel (SCOP) in 1998 for FRA field personnel to use as an inspection guide. In June 2023, the FRA put out an update to the original SCOP to reflect its true purpose, renaming the document the “Safety Coordination and Compliance Oversight Plan for Rail Transportation of High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel” (SCCOP). This webinar described the process that FRA went through to update the SCOP to the SCCOP, as well as explored the new document itself.
The presenter was Jeff Moore, Hazardous Materials Specialist with the FRA.
May 9, 2023 - 2023 Newcomers Orientation
An annual event, the Newcomers Orientation Webinar provides an introduction to the NTSF as an organization - its mission, members, and activities to engage states and Tribes in transportation planning and preparedness. The webinar also gave attendees a preview of what to expect at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the NTSF in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 22-25. Each year, the webinar is complemented by an on-site newcomers breakfast to continue the discussion.
The presenters were Mitch Arvidson, Program Manager with The Council of State Governments (CSG) Midwest, Ellen Edge, TEPP Program Manager at DOE-EM's Office of Packaging and Transportation (OPT), Sara Hogan, Transportation Program Manager at DOE-NE's Office of Integrated Waste Management (IWM), and Rodney Pitchford, Radiological Field Services Supervisor with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
April 25, 2023 - Harborview's Breached Cs-137 Source: Packaging and Transportation
On May 30, 2019, at the University of Washington Harborview Research and Training Facility in Seattle, a Cesium-137 source used in an irradiator that was being removed for disposal was breached, leading to a contamination event. Once the dust from the event had settled, the source still had to be disposed of, but with a new plan for its packaging and transportation due to the breach. This webinar told the story of this new packaging and transportation plan.
The presenters were Todd Sellmer, Manager of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) Packaging & Information Services, Andy Walker, Director of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office's (CBFO) National Transuranic Waste (TRU) Program (NTP) Operations Division, and Bernie White, Senior Project Manager with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Division of Fuel Management.
March 23, 2023 - UNF ST&DARDS and Criticality Considerations in SNF Storage
This webinar introduced attendees to Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Used Nuclear Fuel-Storage, Transportation & Disposal Resource and Data System, or UNF-ST&DARDS, which is a comprehensive integrated data and analysis tool being developed for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition program. A description of UNF-ST&DARDS' capabilities and applications by ORNL staff was followed by a use-case example by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff, describing how UNF-ST&DARDS assists the NRC in making safety determinations based on the possibility of criticality in spent nuclear fuel (SNF) storage canisters.
The presenters were Kaushik Banerjee, Advisor at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Drew Barto, Nuclear Engineer at the NRC.
October 19, 2022 - DOE Order 460.2B
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Packaging and Transportation (DOE-OPT) led a presentation and discussion on DOE Order 460.2B, Departmental Materials Transportation Management. The revised Order was published in June 2022 and includes important clarifications on topics including advance shipment notifications, public engagement, emergency response, and shipment security.
July 8, 2021 - Nuclear Power Plant Site Evaluations Overview and Status Report
June 29, 2021 - Day in the Life of a Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Shipment
Ride along with this National Transportation Stakeholders Forum (NTSF) webinar that took participants through the life of a shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste from Idaho National Lab to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. Follow the TRU waste from characterization to packaging, from loading to inspection, all the way down the winding western roads until it is received and emplaced at WIPP.
June 17, 2021 - Vermont Yankee RadWaste Canister (RWC) Shipment Campaign Update
A speaker discussed the radiological decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Station. More specifically, the presentation provided the current status of the shipment campaign and lessons learned in regard to waste packaging, transportation, disposal and other associated issues.
June 2, 2021 - Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP)
The Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) (also known as Naval Reactors) provided an overview of the Navy's spent nuclear fuel (SNF) shipments, including its shipment practices and accident exercises. Naval Reactors representatives also shared their recent experience with heavy-haul shipments of SNF in support of refueling the program's land-based prototype reactor in West Milton, NY.
May 18, 2021 - International Nuclear Material Shipment Coordination - Perspective on Campaigns from Canada to the Savannah River Site
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE-NNSA) led a discussion of various shipments including the successful completion of the National Research Universal and National Research Experimental (NRU/NRX) reactors Spent Fuel Campaign. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited shared their experiences working on transports to the U.S. and compared them to how operations are handled within Canada.
March 24, 2021 - Type B Packaging Certification Requirements
Type B packages are those used to transport materials with high levels of radioactivity, such as spent fuel from nuclear power plants. We've all heard that these packages are "robust," but what does this mean from a regulatory and practical standpoint, and how does a new Type B package design get approved? During this NTSF webinar, participants heard from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Energy (DOE) on the regulatory and testing requirements that go into determining whether a Type B package design will be approved.