Earlier this month Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the formalization of the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG) as part of President Barack Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations.
The NETWG will establish a forum where tribal leaders can engage with the Department of Energy on a variety of nuclear energy issues.
“Through the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group, the Department hopes to incorporate the unique and important perspectives from tribal leaders as we continue to develop and deploy safe, reliable, and efficient nuclear power,” Moniz said. “These types of partnerships help the Department to work more closely with the tribal nations on building a sustainable energy future and advance the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.”
The working group is the final step resulting from the Nuclear Energy Tribal Leader Dialogue that was established in October 2013 by the Office of Nuclear Energy. Topics of the dialogue were: management of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste, to include transportation and related emergency response planning activities, nuclear research and development, small modular reactors, and potential economic business opportunities.
“I have been very pleased with the progress made in the Dialogue, which explored a number of critical nuclear energy matters that effect both tribal leaders and the development of this low-carbon resource,” said Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Pete Lyons. “I look forward to the next steps from this working group and further strengthening this important relationship in the years to come.”