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Mar 13
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08:00 - 08:50 50 mins
Registration and coffee
08:50 - 09:00 10 mins
Chair’s opening address
  • Rick Jacobi - Owner and Principal Consultant, Jacobi Consulting
09:00 - 09:30 30 mins
Update on current EPA effort on rule making for solid waste and produced water study
  • Philip Egidi - Environmental Scientist, Environment Protection Agency
09:30 - 10:00 30 mins
Info
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Montana: Update on Montana’s proposed rule making for NORM management and TENORM disposal regulations
  • Rick Thompson - Section Supervisor, Montana Department of Environmental
  • Progress on harmonization of standards with other states
  • Experience with public processes
  • Learning with some of the upcoming challenges with the agency
  • Experience with managing NORM in agricultural land
10:00 - 10:30 30 mins
Info
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North Dakota: Updates on general public processes and communication on the levels of NORM being dealt
  • Dale P. Patrick - Manager, Radioactive Materials, Asbestos, and Indoor Air Quality, North Dakota Department of Health
  • Use of technology and latest innovation in dealing with NORMS
  • Use of pumping rods for fencing – dealing with the human element and safety
  • Requirements for facilities, training and background checks
  • Communicating problem with radioactivity levels to general public possible cause of any health hazards
  • Lessons learnt from the implementation of the new licence-based system for disposal of TENORM and future
10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
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Morning coffee and networking
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
Info
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Kentucky: Development of a framework for regulation of norm material and solid waste facility
  • Larry C. Taylor - Environmental Scientist Consultant Senior, Office of the Commissioner, Commissioner Department for Environmental Protection, Kentucky
  • Update on implementation of oil and gas-related TENORM disposal rules in Kentucky
  • Sources of TENORM in Kentucky and challenges facing development of rules
  • Framework of the regulatory policy – key concepts of what the policy may entail?
  • What level of technology is acceptable to dispose NORM and TENORM?
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
Main Agenda
Michigan: Assessing safe disposal options for NORM and T-NORM generated by fracking
12:00 - 12:30 30 mins
Info
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Achieving transparency and decision making for regulating and measuring risks for NORM and TENORM
  • Rick Thompson - Section Supervisor, Montana Department of Environmental
  • Larry C. Taylor - Environmental Scientist Consultant Senior, Office of the Commissioner, Commissioner Department for Environmental Protection, Kentucky
  • Dale P. Patrick - Manager, Radioactive Materials, Asbestos, and Indoor Air Quality, North Dakota Department of Health
  • Philip Egidi - Environmental Scientist, Environment Protection Agency
  • Harmonization of state regulations, policy and research
  • What progress has the CRCPD made in harmonizing rules and definitions between the states?
  • View of the current regulatory environment, disposal options and the standards set for measurement in the different states
  • What are the future initiatives in the pipeline?
12:30 - 14:00 90 mins
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Networking lunch
14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
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Misleading approaches to radio-logical risk assessment
  • Alan Fellman - Senior Health Physicist, Manager, Commercial Consulting, NV5
  • The Linear Non-Threshold hypothesis and its use in radiation safety policy
  • The many problems with the Linear Non-Threshold hypothesis
  • Misleading ways proponents of the Linear Non-Threshold hypothesis support its validity
14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
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Finding norm in unusual places - Perspectives on occupational radiation exposure
  • Experiences of generators in finding norm in unexpected places
  • Case of abandoned oil fields in Texas, how many equipment are abandoned and how many pieces are contaminated with NORM
  • What solutions need to be put in place for a clean up exercise?
15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
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How are the landfills being regulated, challenges and opportunities?
  • Considering the whole range of research on health affect how is policy working with science in protecting human health at various state levels
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Afternoon refreshments and Speedy Networking Session
16:00 - 16:30 30 mins
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NORM reduction in fracking waters using functionalized proppants
  • Arjun Raghuraman - Research Scientist, Dow

Dow has developed VORARAD™ Smart Polymer Coatings that have been applied to sand proppants. In laboratory tests, VORARAD™-coated proppants selectively captured radium from flowback and produced waters that contained high levels of various salts. In a fracking job, this could lead to a significant reduction in the quantity of radium that comes to the surface, hence simplifying NORM management topside. During this presentation, we will share details on the technology, first results obtained with it, and necessary next steps for broad adoption of this breakthrough technology in the fracking industry.


17:00 - 17:50 50 mins
Info
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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

TABLE 1

  • NORM disposal options in an increasingly complex regulatory environment
    Assessing options for disposal outlets within the US
    Understanding the different state regulations and working with them to determine waste acceptance

TABLE 2

  • Understanding stakeholder liabilities throughout the NORM management lifecycle

TABLE 3

  • Public education and risk communication about potential health and safety
17:50 - 18:00 10 mins
Chairman’s summary and close of day one
  • Rick Jacobi - Owner and Principal Consultant, Jacobi Consulting