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Program Overview

  • Keynote: Dr. Erica Bickford - USDOE
    • Consent-Based Approach to Siting Spent Fuel Management Facilities in the US
  • Plenary: The Honorable Annie Caputo, Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Chernobyl Disaster: Modern Problems and Perspectives
  • Challenges in Clearance
    • Clearance is the most used option to minimize the volume of radioactive waste. Let's discuss main future challenges in clearance
  • Finland's Approach to Final Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel
    • Pasi Tuohimaa - Communications Manager, Posiva Oy
  • Transitioning the Idaho National Lab: A Successful Story
    • Transition from a Department of Energy (OE) closure site to the nation's lead laboratory for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment - INL's success story
  • Facility Decontamination and Dismantling: Technologies, Strategies and Challenges
    • Discussing the topic of Facility Decontamination and Dismantling with three contributions from Ansaldo Nucleare, European Commission – Joint Research Centre (JRC) and SCK CEN: Belgian Nuclear Research Centre
  • Finland – The Path Towards the World's first DGR
    • Successes on the path to Finland's readiness to operate the world's first deep geological repository
  • Panel: Fukushima - Where we are now
    • The panel will discuss the topic of the Fukushima facility regarding: Fuel debris research and units investigation, Tritiated Water Release and Off-site remediation

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This Track includes all aspects of Decommissioning, Decontamination & Demolition (D/D&D) involving robotics, sensing technologies and remote handling of radioactive materials and waste.

  • Robotics and Remote Handling Technologies
  • High Rad Robotics
  • Fukushima Experience
  • Remote viewing technologies for normal and high rad areas
  • Codes and Standards


This Track includes all aspects of D&D from shutdown and planning to license termination and/or green-field, including characterization, decontamination, dismantling, demolition, waste handling, final survey, and associated new technology development for both government and commercial nuclear power and non-power facilities. It also includes decommissioning technologies and program strategies worldwide, as well as the regulatory aspects.

  • Management of High-Level Liquid Waste
  • Monitoring and Visualization of the Inside of the Reactor
  • Waste Management by Decommissioning
  • Commercial Decommissioning Case Studies
  • National and International Programs for D/D&D
  • Decommissioning of Power Reactors and Research Reactors
  • Decommissioning of Non-Reactor Nuclear Facilities
  • Radiological Characterization, Monitoring and Surveys
  • Approaches, Tools and Technologies in D/D&D
  • European Activities in D/D&D
  • US Activities in D/D&D
  • Asian Activities in D/D&D
  • Commercial Waste Disposal Priorities and Advocacy
  • Local Regulatory Impact
  • Tank Waste Treatment Facility Decommissioning
  • Codes and Standards


This track includes the experiences of incidents/accidents at nuclear facilities or transporting or handling of high level nuclear materials and radioactive waste. Sessions will include updates on Chernobyl and Fukushima as well as other major project updates.

  • Chernobyl Progress and Update
    • New Safe Confinement;
    • Overview of decommissioning activities to achieve end-states of Units 1-3 & Unit 4;
    • Management of high-level waste and fuel debris;
    • Exclusion zone remediation.
  • Post-accident Case Studies
    • WIPP progress and update;
    • TMI-2 update;
    • Windscale Pile (UK) update;
    • A1 NPP (Slovakia) progress;
    • Kyshtym accident (RF) etc.
  • Fukushima Progress and Update
    • Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the 1F decommissioning
    • Reactors building investigation, visualization and monitoring
    • Fuel debris retrieval operations
    • Cutting technologies for fuel debris
    • Management of safety issues with risks mitigation strategies (criticality, airborne radioactive particles)
    • ALPS treated water management
    • Management of high-level waste and fuel debris
    • Soil remediation
  • Legacy Sites Case Studies
    • Progress at major DOE clean-up sites;
    • Legacy ponds and silos at Sellafield site (UK);
    • Legacy facilities at Marcoule site (France) etc.

This Track covers all long-lived alpha/TRU waste, SNF, UNF and HLW operations from generation and storage through characterization, treatment, packaging, transportation and disposal. It also covers associated technology development and deployment; recycling/reprocessing strategies and technologies; disposal and operating facility performance and risk assessment, and the impacts of directly associated regulations and standards.

  • National and International Programs for Spent Fuel, Fissile Material, TRU and HLW Management
  • Yucca Mountain
  • Issues and Solutions related to Spent fuel, TRU, and HLW Processing, Handling, Storage, Transportation and Disposal
  • Disposal Options, Retrievability, Monitoring and Safety Case
  • Weapons D&D
  • Interim Storage, Geological Disposal, Partitioning & Transmutation
  • Interim Storage, Geological Disposal, Retrievability, Safety Case, Communication and Public Involvement
  • Building Software to Integrate Decision Analysis and Stakeholder Involvement in Safety Case Decisions
  • Storage and Transportation
  • Reprocessing
  • HLW being defined by the source of radiation and not the level
  • Codes and Standards


The LLW, ILW, MW, and HW Track encompasses: Operations from generation through treatment and disposal; Technology development, demonstration, and deployment, waste minimization, waste characterization and analysis, effluent monitoring, waste form and facility performance assessment, regulations and standards; packaging, transportation and disposal from for all types of facilities from hospitals, accelerators, research reactors, nuclear power plants, fuel fabrication, government facilities, etc. This track also includes radioactive materials, articles, consumer products and uranium or thorium ores as well as "Greater than Class C - LLW".

  • National and International Programs for L/ILW Management
  • Waste Minimization, Recycling & Special Waste Topics
  • L/ILW Waste Characterization, Assay and Tracking System
  • Liquid Waste treatment Process and Experience
  • LLW Characterization, Treatment & Packaging Developments
  • Siting, Design, Construction and Operation of L/ILW Disposal Facilities
  • Disposal Site and Waste Form Characterization and Performance Assessment
  • Safety Considerations Associated with L/ILW Management
  • L/ILW Treatment Technology Development and Implementation
  • Emerging Issues in the Management of L/ILW
  • Storage and Transportation
  • Codes and Standards


This Track includes all activities associated with the assessment, cleanup, and closure of contaminated sites. The topics will explore how to restore and protect human health and the environment through investigation, cleanup, closure, and long-term site management. The focus is on above and below ground remedial actions and cleanup activities including site inspection, characterization and evaluation; sampling and analysis; environmental risk assessment, compliance monitoring; resolving regulatory issues that impact cleanup; aquifer and soil remediation; managing waste resulting from cleanup activities; remedial design and implementation; accelerating cleanup through technological or process improvements; closure; and legacy management/ long-term stewardship. It covers all waste types including radium, uranium byproducts and mill tailings.

  • Radiation Monitoring
  • Decontamination
  • Interim Storage of Waste Generated by Decontamination
  • Cesium Migration Studies in the Field
  • Lessons Learned from Environmental Remediation Clean-up
  • National and international Developments in Environmental Remediation Regulations and Programs
  • Management Approaches and Lessons Learned from Minimization of Impacts from Uranium Mining, Milling and NORM Materials


  • Approaches and Technical Innovations in Environmental Characterization, Monitoring and Remediation
  • Experiences in Environmental Remediation Clean-up and Actions
  • Life-Cycle Management of Environmental Remediation Programs
  • Tritium Remediation
  • Gypsum and Slag Piles
  • Codes and Standards

This Track includes broad, general topics that are not suited for one of the other six technical tracks. Suitable topics include public involvement; crosscutting issues, policies, programs and technologies; and activities and programs focused on global partnering. In addition, papers discussing issues that involve human resources development are included. Presentations of EM waste programs and policies at the national, multi-national and international level are particularly encouraged.

  • Applying Strategic Planning, Decision-Making and Risk reduction Methodologies in EM
  • Public Perception Issues and Stakeholder Engagement Strategies in Radioactive EM
  • Global Partnership in Environmental Management


  • Infrastructure Investments Enterprise-wide
  • Government and Regulatory Priorities
  • Infrastructure Investments Enterprise-wide

This Track includes broad, general topics that are not suited for one of the other six technical tracks. Suitable topics include overall environmental management; strategic planning, management and cultural issues; the development, integration, control, and implementation of risk-reduction methodologies, and approaches to education and training are invited. In addition, papers discussing issues that involve health & safety issues are included.

  • New Facility Planning for D/D & D
  • Environmental Management (EM)
  • Health & Safety
  • Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Remediation Research: Constructing a Credible Story of Societal Relevance


  • Commercial Waste Disposal Priorities and Advocacies
  • Impact of radiation dose regulation and its impact of costs
  • Codes and Standards

This Track acknowledge the need to encourage students and early career engineers to pursue studies aligned with the topics of ICEM and to begin to network with students and engineers in other parts of the world. This year ICEM is requesting that students from all nations report on their research at our meeting. ESD/NED will facilitate those reports by providing travel support for some students and early career engineers to attend the meeting and by arranging events that will permit students to develop professional and social ties. This Track will include a Poster Session & Contest as well as a Student Project Competition.

  • Younger Generation Network(YGN) and
    Professional Development Programs-Presentations
  • Younger Generation Network(YGN) and
    Professional Development Programs-Meeting
  • Poster Session & Contest
  • EFx Program
  • Student Project Competition
  • Codes and Standards


This Track is designed for individuals (and organizations) to discuss and highlight the research and development and activities that they are undertaking in the management and remediation of radioactive materials and wastes.

  • Fuel Debris Characterization R&D
  • Innovative D/D&D Technologies
  • Innovations in on-site Spent Fuel Storage
  • Education Institutions Research Programs
  • Commercial R&D Programs
  • Technical Innovations in Radiation Monitoring & Health Physics