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Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities, Meeting 1
February 12-13, 2015
Washington, DC


Best Practices for Risk-Informed Remedy Selection, Closure, and Post-Closure Control of Contaminated Sites: A National Academies Workshop

October 30-31, 2013
The National Academies of Science Building
Lecture Room
2100 C Street NW
Washington, D.C.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together federal and state agency decision makers responsible for contaminated site cleanup and closure decisions, federal and state regulators, key stakeholders, and other technical experts to examine holistic approaches for remediating sites with multiple contaminant sources and post-closure uses. The workshop also will examine approaches for incorporating a sustainability framework into decision-making regarding site remediation, closure, and post-closure control of sites.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

8:30 AM Welcome and Introduction

  • Paul Gilman (Chair, Planning Committee), Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Covanta Energy
  • Alice Williams, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Management, Department of Energy 

9:00 AM Framing the Issue: Challenges to Regulatory Flexibility

  • Moderator: Jeffrey Wong, Chief Scientist, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Environmental Protection Agency (Member, Planning Committee)
  • Carolyn Huntoon, Independent Consultant and former Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Department of Energy
  • Larry Camper, Director, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

9:50 AM Discussion 

10:15 AM BREAK 

Framing the Issue: Challenges to Risk-Informed Decision-making 

11:20 AM Discussion 

11:50 AM Morning Summary 

  • Paul Gilman (Chair, Planning Committee), Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Covanta Energy 

12:00 PM LUNCH 

1:00 PM Holistic Approaches to Remediation: Overcoming Barriers at Hanford and Savannah River 

1:50 PM Discussion 

2:30 PM BREAK 

2:45 PM Holistic Approaches to Remediation: Alternate End States  

3:25 PM Discussion 

4:15 PM Summary Discussion 

4:50 PM Wrap-up

  • Paul Gilman (Chair, Planning Committee), Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Covanta Energy 

5:00 PM ADJOURN 

Thursday, October 31, 2013 

8:30 AM Welcome and Re-Cap of First Day 

  • Paul Gilman (Chair, Planning Committee), Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Covanta Energy 

8:40 AM Incorporating Sustainability into Decision Making for Site Remediation

9:50 AM Discussion 

10:40 AM Federal Agency Perspective on Incorporating Sustainability into Site Remediation

11:30 AM Discussion  

12:15 PM Summary and Wrap-up

  • Paul Gilman (Chair, Planning Committee), Covanta Energy 

12:30 PM ADJOURN