Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee

Organized in 1989, CGS’s Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee brings the Midwestern States together to identify, prioritize and work with the U.S. Department of Energy to resolve regional issues related to the department’s transport of radioactive waste and materials, including spent nuclear fuel.

The committee originally focused on the future shipments planned by the DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. Since 1998, however, the committee has also worked with the DOE’s Environmental Management program to address shipments of waste resulting from the cleanup of former defense plants. Committee members from states on the shipping routes have worked with the DOE to plan several shipping campaigns involving transuranic waste and spent nuclear fuel traveling through the Midwest.

The committee comprises representatives of the executive and legislative branches of government in 12 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The committee is the primary forum through which the Midwestern states have been, and will continue to be, involved in planning and preparing for DOE’s shipments. State legislators on the committee are appointed by the chair of the Midwestern Legislative Conference.

Committee Information

Committee Roster

Chair: Michael Snee, Ohio

IllinoisKelly Horn, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Alternate: Rodney Pitchford, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
IndianaSarah Chaney, Indiana Department of Homeland Security
IowaChristopher Boswell, Iowa Department of Transportation
Alternate: Angela Leek, Iowa Department of Transportation
KansasDr. Swapan Saha, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
The Honorable Mark Schreiber, Kansas House of Representatives
MichiganGreg Gothard, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Alternate: Waylon Sanford, Michigan State Police
MinnesotaThe Honorable Pat Garofalo, Minnesota House of Representatives
The Honorable Mike Goggin, Minnesota Senate
Aaron Kallunki, Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
MissouriVacant
Alternate: Justin Buckler, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
NebraskaThe Honorable Suzanne Geist, Nebraska Senate
James Rashilla, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
North DakotaThe Honorable Dale Patten, North Dakota Senate
The Honorable Dan Ruby, North Dakota House of Representatives
David Stradinger, North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality
OhioMichael Snee, Ohio Department of Health
South DakotaNick Emme, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
WisconsinPaul Gazdik, Wisconsin Emergency Management
Alternate: Paul Schmidt, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

PDF of Committee Roster

Committee Rules
Summaries of Committee Meetings

Upcoming Events

The committee will hold its Fall 2021 Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on December 1 and 2.


Summaries and Other Information from Past Meetings

2021
December: Chicago, Illinois
June: Virtual Meeting
2006
November: Carlsbad, New Mexico
June: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2020
November: Virtual Meeting
May: Virtual Meeting
2005
October: Okemos, Michigan
May: Traverse City, Michigan
2019
November: Indianapolis, Indiana
June: Arlington, Virginia
2004
November: Columbus, Ohio
June: Topeka, Kansas
2018
October: Madison, Wisconsin
June: Omaha, Nebraska
2003
December: Chicago, Illinois
June: Lincoln, Nebraska
2017
December: Cincinnati, Ohio
June: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2002
October: Carlsbad, New Mexico
May: Overland Park, Kansas
2016
November: St. Louis, Missouri
June: Orlando, Florida
2001
October: Orlando, Florida
October: Orlando, Florida (Tri-Regional Meeting)
2015
November: Des Moines, Iowa
May: Albuquerque, New Mexico
2000
October: Madison, Wisconsin
May: Minneapolis, Minnesota
2014
November: Traverse City, Michigan
May: Bloomington, Minnesota
1999
November: Indianapolis, Indiana
June: Kansas City, Missouri
2013
December: Kansas City, Kansas
May: Buffalo, New York
1998
December: Clive, Iowa
May: Chicago, Illinois
2012
November: Omaha, Nebraska
May: Knoxville, Tennessee
1997
December: Las Vegas, Nevada
December: Las Vegas, Nevada (Second Joint Meeting)
2011
December: Carlsbad, New Mexico
May: Denver, Colorado
1996
December: Chicago, Illinois
May: Chicago, Illinois
2010
December: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May: Chicago, Illinois
1995
November: Charlotte, North Carolina (CSG/SSEB Routing Workshop)
April: Chicago, Illinois
2009
October: Minneapolis, Minnesota
1994
June: Las Vegas, Nevada
2008
December: Lombard, Illinois
June: Indianapolis, Indiana
1993
November: Chicago, Illinois
May: South Bend, Indiana
2007
November: Columbus, Ohio
June: Jefferson City, Missouri
1992
November: Columbus, Ohio
May: Chicago, Illinois
Committee Publications and Resources
Committee Correspondence

Regarding Activities of the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy

  • January 2018 letter to Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Edward McGinnis to express the Midwest’s commitment to maintaining a productive working relationship with DOE-NE
    • DOE’s Response
  • July 2016 committee response to the Invitation for Public Comment to Inform the Design of a Consent-Based Siting Process, published in the Federal Register
  • October 2015 joint letter to Acting Assistant Secretary John Kotek on DOE’s internal review process
  • January 2013 letter transmitting “The States’ Expectations for Consultation and Cooperation in Developing and Operating a Transportation System to Move Spent Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste”

Regarding DOE’s Office of Environmental Management | Policies and Initiatives 

  • December 2018 letter requesting DOE’s consideration of NTSF’s input when developing the Attachment of Transportation Practices for Order 460.2B
    • DOE’s Response
  • June 2011 letter commenting on DOE’s draft environmental impact statement for disposing of Greater-Than-Class-C low-level radioactive waste (DOE/EIS-0375-D)
  • June 2011 letter urging DOE’s continued support for the National Transportation Stakeholders Forum
  • August 2007 letter to Assistant Secretary Rispoli on RMT Spring Committee Meeting
  • March 2007 letter on TEC/WG meeting organization and content
  • November 2005 letter to Assistant Secretary Rispoli on reconvening the Protocols Topic Group
  • September 2005 letter to Paul Golan on comments to the Practices Manual
    • Practices Manual comments
  • September 2005 letter to Frank Marcinowski on reconvening the Protocols Topic Group
  • January 2005 letter on the transfer of TRANSCOM to CBFO
  • October 2003 letter on the draft lessons-learned report for West Valley
  • September 2003 letter on security
  • September 2003 letter on training
    • DOE’s Response to both September 2003 letters
  • November 2002 letter follow-up to Fall Committee Meeting
    • DOE’s Response
  • November 2002 letter commenting on the TEC/WG
  • June 2002 letter follow-up to Spring Committee Meeting
  • April 2001 letter regarding top-to-bottom review

Regarding DOE’s Office of Environmental Management | Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

  • November 2003 letter regarding DOE’s failure to provide funding to the states
  • September 2003 letter regarding the eight-week schedule
    • DOE’s Response
  • May 2003 letter from Iowa regarding the eight-week schedule
    • DOE’s Response

Regarding DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management | General Transportation Activities 

  • April 2009 letter and comments from the Midwest on DOE’s Draft National Transportation Plan
  • April 2009 letter from the Regional Groups on DOE’s Draft National Transportation Plan
  • October 2007 letter on TEC/WG meeting organization
  • August 2007 letter to OCRWM Director Ward Sproat on RMT Spring Committee Meeting
  • March 2007 letter on TEC/WG meeting organization and content
  • March 2007 comments on the National Transportation Plan
  • July 2005 letter to Secretary Bodman
  • March 2004 letter to OCRWM Director
    • DOE’s Response
  • December 2003 letter to the Under Secretary of Energy
    • DOE’s Response
  • August 2003 letter to OCRWM Director
    • OCRWM’s Response
  • January 2003 letter to OCRWM Director
    • OCRWM’s Response

Regarding DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management | Section 180(c) of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act

  • January 2008 letter commenting on the revised policy and procedures in the Federal Register, October 31, 2007
  • October 2007 letter commenting on the revised policy and procedures in the Federal Register
  • January 2007 letter on publication of proposed policy and procedures in the Federal Register
  • February 2005 letter on the “Principles of Agreement Among States on Expectations Regarding Preparations for OCRWM Shipments”
  • August 1998 letter commenting on the second revision of the proposed policy and procedures
  • OCRWM’s 1998 Notice of Inquiry
  • September 1997 letter commenting on the first revision of the proposed policy and procedures
  • September 1996 letter commenting on the draft proposed policy and procedures
  • May 1995 letter on the Notice of Inquiry
  • OCRWM’s 1995 Notice of Inquiry

Regarding DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management | Acquisition of Waste Acceptance and Transportation Services

  • October 2002 letter commenting on the draft statement of work
    • OCRWM’s Response
  • February 1998 letter commenting on the second draft of the RFP
  • May 1997 letter commenting on the first draft of the RFP

Regarding U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission activities 

  • July 2012 letter requesting more information on the potential impacts of extended spent fuel storage on state government agencies
  • February 2012 letter submitting comments on “Background and Preliminary Assumptions for an Environmental Impact Statement — Long-Term Waste Confidence Update”
  • May 2011 letter submitting comments on the draft guidance document for physical protection
  • April 2011 letter submitting comments on physical protection of irradiated reactor fuel (10 CFR 73)
  • September 2009 letter submitting comments on physical protection of by-product material (10 CFR 37)
  • October 2007 letter to the NRC on information sharing
  • May 2006 letter to NRC on NAS study recommendations
    • NRC Response
  • May 2003 letter to NRC on Draft Package Performance Study Test Protocols
  • July 2002 letter to NRC on proposed rulemaking on IAEA Safety Standards
  • June 2002 letter commenting on the NRC’s plans for a package performance study

Regarding U.S. Department of Transportation activities 

  • January 2010 letter to the Federal Railroad Administration on reciprocal rail inspections
  • August 2009 letter submitting comments on proposed changes to International Atomic Energy Agency transportation safety regulations
  • November 2005 letter to FRA with advance comments on the revision of the Safety Compliance Oversight Plan (SCOP)
  • May 2000 letter from FRA to OCRWM regarding state inspections of rail shipments
  • January 2000 letter to FRA inquiring about state inspections of rail shipments

Regarding other topics 

  • November 2011 comments on the draft report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
  • June 2011 comments on the draft report of the Transportation and Storage Subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
  • February 2009 comments on GNEP Draft PEIS
  • April 2007 letter to Midwestern governors on the Nuclear Fuel Management and Disposal Act
  • May 2006 comments on Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Advance Notice of Inquiry
  • July 2005 letter to PFS on Principles of Agreement
  • April 2003 letter to Radwaste Solutions journal
  • January 2003 letter to CVSA on Level VI Inspection Program
  • December 2001 state regional groups letter of consensus to Secretary of Energy
    • DOE’s Response
  • March 1998 state regional groups letter of consensus to Secretary of Energy
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