U.S.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission:
Tribal Liaison Program
National Environmental Justice Conference
March 12, 2015

Sandra Talley and Stuart Easson
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Who We Are
• Pre 1974 – Atomic Energy
Commission
• Energy Reorganization Act of
1974
• Established NRC – regulate
• Dept. of Energy – promote
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Our Mission
To license and regulate the nation’s
civilian use of byproduct, source and
special nuclear materials to ensure
adequate protection of public health and
safety, promote the common defense and
security, and protect the environment.
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The NRC Regulates:
Nuclear reactors
Nuclear materials
Nuclear waste
Nuclear security
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What We Don’t Do:
• Nuclear weapons or military
reactors
• Lobby for nuclear power
• Operate nuclear power plants
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Tribal Liaison Program
Mission

The NRC Tribal Liaison Team
will advance the NRC’s mission
by fostering effective
consultation, cooperation, and
communication between the
NRC and Tribal governments.
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Tribal Policy
• Prior to 2013 – case-by-case
• 2013 - public comment - content
• Dec. 2014 – proposed policy
statement
• Solicitation ends May 31, 2015

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Proposed Tribal Policy
• Federal Trust Relationship
• Government-to-Government
Relationship
• Conduct Outreach
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Proposed Tribal Policy
• Timely Consultation
• Coordinate with Other Federal
Agencies
• State-Recognized Tribes
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Submit Comments
www.regulations.gov
(Docket ID NRC-2012-0235)
Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov
Cindy Bladey
Mail Stop: 3WFN-06-44M
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-000

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Internal - Tribal Toolbox
• Tribal Protocol Manual
• Tribal nations contacts
• Mapping for project
consultations
• Knowledge management
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Tribal Toolbox - Future
• Training
• Procedures and
guidance – update
• Consultation protocols
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Tribal Activities
• Tribal advocacy groups and
alliances
• Project-specific consultations
• Collaborative Federal
outreach
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Tribal Engagement
• Pilot Tribal training
• Webinar –radioactive
effluents
• Advanced notification
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Outreach & Engagement
• Website
• Enhanced project
consultation
• Information exchange
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Contact Us
Sandra Talley – 301-415-8059
Sandra.talley@nrc.gov
Stuart Easson – 301-415-2326
Stuart.easson@nrc.gov
Tribal_Outreach Resource@nrc.gov
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