Registration Open for Fall 2018 LLW Forum Meeting and Historic B Reactor Site Tour

Red Lion Hotel in Richland, Washington
October 2-4, 2018

The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum (LLW Forum) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our fall 2018 meeting, which will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland, Washington on October 3-4, 2018.

In terms of planning and making travel arrangements, please note that there will be an optional site tour of Hanford’s Historic B Reactor for interested stakeholders from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2018.

The Executive Committee will meet from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning (October 3, 2018).  The Disused Sources Working Group (DSWG) will meet from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday (October 4, 2018). 

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to register and make hotel reservations for the meeting at your earliest convenience, as there is limited space available in our discount room block.

The Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management is sponsoring the meeting.

The meeting documents—including a meeting bulletin and registration form—are available on the LLW Forum Meeting page of the organization’s web site at 

As a new option for interested stakeholders, a registration form may be completed and submitted online.


Officials from states, compacts, federal agencies, nuclear utilities, disposal operators, brokers/processors, industry and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the fall 2018 LLW Forum meeting.

LLW Forum meetings are an excellent opportunity to stay up-to-date on the most recent and significant developments in the area of low-level radioactive waste management and disposal.  They also offer an important opportunity to network with other government and industry officials and to participate in decision-making on future actions and endeavors affecting low-level radioactive waste management and disposal.

LLW Forum Meeting Location and Dates

The fall 2018 LLW Forum meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3 (9:00 am – 5:00 p.m.) and Thursday, October 4 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) at:

Red Lion Richland Hanford House Hotel
802 George Washington Way
Richland, Washington  99354

Located in the heart of historic Richland, the Red Lion Hanford House is centrally located for business and leisure travelers visiting the Hanford Reservation.  The hotel, overlooking the Columbia River, is within easy walking distance of several restaurants and government buildings.

Optional Hanford B Reactor Site Tour Logistics

The Washington State Department of Health will sponsor an optional tour of Hanford’s Historic B Reactor on Tuesday afternoon (October 2, 2018) from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  The B Reactor is the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor.

Interested parties need to check the box on the LLW Forum meeting registration form, as well as complete and submit the separate Hanford B Reactor optional site tour registration form.  The tour originates from the B Reactor offices located about 7 minutes from the Hanford House.


All persons must pre-register for the LLW Forum meeting and pay any associated registration fees in order to be allowed entry.  Registration forms are needed in order to ensure that you receive a meeting packet and name badge.  Accordingly, interested attendees are asked to please take a moment to complete the meeting registration form at your earliest convenience and return it to the LLW Forum at the mailing or e-mail address listed at the bottom of the form.

Attendees that are planning to participate in the optional Hanford B Reactor site tour must also pre-register.  Please note that there is a separate registration form with differential submittal directions for the optional site tour.

The meeting is free for up to two individuals representing members of the LLW Forum.  Additional and non-member registration is $600, payable by check only to the “LLW Forum, Inc.”  (Credit card payments are not accepted.)


Persons who plan to attend the meeting are strongly encouraged to make their hotel reservations and send in their registration forms as soon as possible, as we have exceeded our block at the last few meetings.

A block of rooms have been reserved for Monday through Thursday (October 1-4, 2018) for meeting attendees at the special, discounted rate of  $96.00 (single/double rate) plus tax.  To make a reservation, please go to the booking link on the attached meeting bulletin or call (509) 946-7611, press zero for the operator and ask for a reservation under the discount group code WSDO1001.  Please note that you must provide the code in order to get the special, discounted rate.

The deadline for reserving a room at the discounted rate is September 10, 2018.

Transportation and Directions  

The Red Lion Richland Hanford House Hotel is located 10-12 minutes from the Pasco Airport, which is the nearest commercial travel connection.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Todd D. Lovinger, Esq. — Executive Director of the LLW Forum and Project Director of the Disused Sources and Part 61 Working Groups (DSWG/P61WG) — at (754) 779-7551 or at


Northwest Compact Commission Hosts Meeting

On June 8, 2017, the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management will host a meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT in Helena, Montana.  The meeting will be held at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, which is located at 2301 Colonial Drive in Helena, Montana.

The following topics, among others, are on the meeting agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductory Remarks (Earl Fordham, Chair)
    • Introductions
  • Compact Business (Kristen Schwab, Executive Director)
    • Approve Minutes of June 21, 2016 Committee Meeting
  • Party States Reports (Committee Members)
  • US Ecology – Activities Overview (Mike Ault, General Manager, US Ecology Inc.)
  • Disposal Volume Summary for 2016 and for 2017 through May
  • 2017 Revenue Requirement
  • MTCA Investigation
  • Other Issues
  • Utah – Activities Overview (Rusty Lundberg, Deputy Director, Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control)
  • Legislation
    • EnergySolutions’ Activities Including Status of EnergySolutions’ Depleted Uranium Performance Assessment
  • Other Issues
  • Break
  • US Ecology MTCA Investigation (Ron Skinnarland, Washington State Department of Ecology)
    • Overview and Update
  • National and Regional Issues (Kristen Scwhab, Executive Director)
    • Import/Export License Applications
    • Texas Compact/Waste Control Specialists
    • Compact Updates
    • Other Issues
  • EnergySolutions – Activities Overview (Dan Shrum, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, EnergySolutions)
    • 2016 Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Volumes
    • Other Issues
  • Lunch
  • Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum’s Disused Sources Working Group (Gary Robertson, DSWG Technical Consultant)
    • Disused Sources Background
    • Disused Sources Current Status
    • Disused Sources Program Update
  • Transfer of Northwest Compact Activities (Earl Fordham, Chair)
    • Status Update
  • Update on Legal Issues (Kristen Mitchell, Compact Counsel, Washington State Attorney General’s Office)
    • Status Update
  • Break
  • Committee Business
  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Adjourned

For additional information, please contact Kristen Schwab, Executive Director of the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management, at (360) 236-3232 or at

Kristen Schwab Begins Role as Northwest Compact’s New Executive Director

On December 16, 2016, Kristen Schwab started her new role as the Executive Director of the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management.  Schwab succeeds Mike Garner, who retired at the end of June 2016.  She will serve as the designated Director for the Northwest Compact to the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum, Inc. (LLW Forum).

Staff work on the Northwest Compact is being transitioned from the Washington Department of Ecology to the Washington Department of Health.  State officials will be proposing the required legislation in January 2017.

The Northwest Compact was created in 1981 and consists of the member states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.  The U.S. Congress ratified the Northwest Compact in 1985.  The eighth state, Wyoming, joined the Compact in March of 1992.

For additional information, please contact Kristen Schwab at (360) 236-3232 or at or go to