​​​​​​2021 National Cleanup Workshop

Capitalizing on a New Era of Cleanup Success​​

Mayor Rebecca Casper, ECA Vice Chair, shared insight on the future of the EM workforce, a critical area of shared interest across the complex, in a session on the subject.

Conference attendees also heard from Senior Advisor to the Energy Secretary Kate Gordon on place-based initiatives at DOE, which mark a “historic shift toward much more engagement” in the future.

Other sessions during the Workshop included panels on the next phase of EM success, EM acquisition plans and schedule, and the future of Hanford’s tank waste. Roundtables were held on lessons learned and improving project performance, DOE priority issues, and site opportunities and challenges with DOE field office managers.

Read EM's summary of the Workshop here: Secretary Granholm Kicks Off Workshop With Thanks for EM Employees, Industry, Local Partners; Deputy Secretary Turk Underscores EM’s Commitment to Communities


Watch: Dec. 8 Sessions

Featured Speakers:

David M. Turk, Deputy Secretary of Energy

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), U.S. House of Representatives
Ike White, Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, U.S. DOE

Todd Shrader, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management

Ron Woody, County Executive, Roane County, TN; Chair, Energy Communities Alliance

Rebecca Casper, Mayor, City of Idaho Falls, ID; Secretary, Energy Communities Alliance

J.J. Chavez, Council Member, Carlsbad City Council; Executive Board, Energy Communities Alliance
Jay Mullis, Acting Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory and Policy Affairs, DOE-EM​

Dae Chung, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Corporate Services

Michael Budney, Manager, Savannah River Operations Office, DOE-EM

Joel Bradburne, Acting Manager, Portsmouth-Paducah Project Office, DOE-EM


Day One (Tuesday, Dec. 7)

Welcome Reception

Day Two (Wednesday, Dec. 8)

Keynote Address: DOE Leadership Perspective
A New Era for EM Cleanup

Nuclear Energy Opportunities at DOE Sites
The Next Phase of EM Success

Path Forward for Energy and Environmental Justice
Roundtable: Partnering with DOE on Priority Issues: Environmental Justice, Cleanup Engagement and Clean Energy Production
EM Acquisition Plans and Schedule
Roundtable: Lessons Learned and Improving Project Performance

Day Three (Thursday, Dec. 9)

Legislative Challenges and Opportunities for the EM Program
Roundtable: The Future of Disposal
The Future of the EM Workforce
Roundtable: DOE Field Office Managers
Place-Based Initiatives at DOE
Entering a New Era for Hanford Tank Waste (Virtual)

Watch: Dec. 9 Sessions

Workshop participants also had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Kathryn Huff, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy. She discussed her top three priorities for the Office: to keep existing plants open, deploy new reactors, and responsibly manage used fuel.

​Day two of the conference began with notes from Representative Chuck Fleischmann, who represents the third district of Tennessee – home to the Oak Ridge site – on legislative challenges and opportunities for the EM program.

In a roundtable on the future of disposal, ECA Director of Nuclear Policy Kara Colton highlighted the benefits to both local communities and EM when cleanup projects engage communities early and often. “Early and meaningful community engagement builds trust. We succeed when you succeed,” she said.


The seventh annual National Cleanup Workshop brought together nearly 700 participants from the Department of Energy, contractors, and local communities in Alexandria, VA, from December 7-9, 2021.

​Workshop attendees heard from DOE leadership on a variety of subjects, including opening remarks from Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, a keynote address by Deputy Secretary David Turk, and a discussion on the new era in EM cleanup by EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White.

In his remarks, White highlighted community success stories across the former weapons complex and the importance of partnering with local communities. “We are very fortunate at EM to be surrounded by diverse communities who are strong partners in the cleanup mission,” White said.