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WM2012: Improving the Future of Waste Management

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WMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and opportunity in waste management. It was founded to provide a forum for discussing and seeking cost-effective and environmentally responsible solutions to the safe management and disposition of radioactive waste and radioactive materials.

The WM2012 Conference, presented by WM Symposia (WMS), will be held February 26 – March 1, 2012 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. The WM Conference is widely regarded as a premier international conference for the management of radioactive material and related topics. The annual conference attracts over 2,000 registrants from around the world, providing them with opportunities for networking, professional growth, education and business.

Educational Opportunities

  • A variety of educational sessions will be held throughout the week under the following tracks:
  • Cross Cutting Policies and Programs (CPP)
  • High-Level Radioactive Wastes (HLW), Spent/Used Nuclear Fuel (SNF/UNF), and Long-lived Alpha/Transuranic Radioactive Waste (TRU)
  • Low-Level Waste (LLW), Intermediate Level Waste (ILW), Mixed Waste (MW), by Product Material, TENORM, NORM Residues & Depleted Uranium
  • Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Waste Management
  • Packaging and Transportation (PAT)
  • Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D)
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Communication of Technical Issues and Impacts, Education and Training (CE&T)
  • Special Topics and Multi-Track Cross Cutting Technology Topics (ST)

Featured Sessions

The featured country for WM2012 is Japan. Special presentations begin Monday, February 27, with the Plenary Session and three separate sessions. High-level individuals from around the world, including Takao Fujie, president and CEO, Japan Nuclear Technology Institute, will present sessions that focus on the major challenges and potential solutions to the long-term management of radioactive waste, as well as the challenges presented by the Fukushima events.

Oak Ridge Reservation is the DOE featured site for WM2012, with sessions being held on Tuesday, February 28. These sessions will focus on the unique challenges and creative solutions associated with the cleanup of the sites comprising the Oak Ridge Reservation: the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the Y-12 National Security Complex; and the East Tennessee Technology Park (the former K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant).

On Wednesday, February 29, the DOE Featured site is the Portsmouth, Ohio plant with a panel session dedicated to the different aspects of the site.

This year’s Closing Featured Session, on Thursday, March 1, will focus on the findings of the U.S. National Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. The topical workshop will include a panel discussion from Commission representatives, people and organizations who have presented before the Commission.

WM2012 Exhibition and Marketplace

The WM Symposia hosts the world’s largest exhibition for the radioactive waste management industry. This comprehensive technical exhibit will showcase all aspects of products and services related to the nuclear waste industry. Areas of interest include protective clothing, remote/robotic handling, hazardous waste storage, transportation, diagnostic instrumentation, engineering design and construction, environmental laboratories, decontamination and decommissioning, and environmental remediation. Attendees to the conference are typically decision makers of large worldwide corporations and government procurement agencies.

Delegates and exhibitors will enjoy their meetings in this lively marketplace, with daily receptions and breaks hosted in the exhibition area. Located on the Lower Level of the PCC, the WM Exhibition will gather some 200 companies representing the full spectrum of the nuclear waste industry.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Monday, February 27, 2012, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Networking Opportunities

Networking events will take place throughout the week, with a Welcome Reception kicking things off on Sunday, February 26. The Reception will take place in the Exhibit Hall, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The evening of Wednesday, February 29, attendees are invited to attend a networking reception and dinner at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. The authentic frontier town is Arizona’s largest western-themed attraction, including specialty shops, cowboy games, western attractions and action-packed shows. Enjoy networking with fellow attendees while chowing on a cowboy feast of mesquite-broiled steaks, chicken and salmon served with all the fixin’s. The Rawhide event is included in all Technical Attendee registrations, or you can purchase tickets for $85 on site. The event includes transportation, two drink tickets, and all the food and fun you desire, until the street lamps go dark.

Opportunities for Students

Students are offered a variety of opportunities at WM2012, including scholarships, networking events and competitions. The Post Foundation Scholarship is awarded in memory of Roy G. Post, and is given to students to pursue an education in nuclear waste management. The James A. Glasgow Scholarship is designed to assist a second or third-year law student who demonstrates a meaningful interest in environmental law. Scholarships will be presented at the WM2012 Honors & Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, February 28.

The Student Poster Competition will be judged Monday, February 27, and networking opportunities include events such as the Women of Waste Management Panel and Networking Reception, and the International Youth Nuclear Congress/Young Professionals Roundtable Sessions.

NRC Public Meeting

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will conduct a public meeting on Friday, March 2, 2012, immediately following WM2012, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel (formerly the Wyndham Hotel). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss potential changes to the agency’s LLRW disposal regulations in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 61.

In 2010, the Commission directed the NRC staff to outline its approach to initiate activities in connection with a possible revision to Part 61. As part of that effort, the NRC conducted a joint workshop with DOE following WM2011 that identified possible approaches for making Part 61 more risk-informed and performance based. The NRC plans to hold a series of public meetings to gather input from the public on the five options identified at that meeting (See SECY-10-0165) and receive input on other approaches to risk-inform the regulation.

All are welcome, including generators, processors, disposal facility operators, States, LLW Compacts, advocacy groups, and members of the public. Although this workshop is not part of WM2012, it is being held the day after that conference ends and in the same immediate area to facilitate attendance.

Make Plans to Attend

There are a variety of registration options available for WM2012, allowing you to choose the type that best suits your needs. Choose from: Full Technical; 2-Day Technical; 1-Day Technical; Student; Full Week Exhibit Hall Only; 1-Day Exhibit Hall; and more.

To learn more about WM2012, including session and speaker information, event information and more, or to register to attend, visit http://www.wmsym.org



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