From Tom Clements:
Your presence will be needed for an August 18 meeting on the future uses of land at the Savannah River Site!
The meeting on an SRS “energy park” will be held on Tuesday, August 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the N. Augusta, SC municipal building. This is when future uses of the site will be discussed, including for reprocessing, spent fuel storage, nuclear reactors and other dirty missions, as well as for other clean options.
At the August 18 meeting will be Mark Gilbertson, from Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters. He is the one who in March urged contractors to pursue spent fuel storage and reprocessing for an SRS “energy park.” Many have written letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu about what he [Gilbertson] said and in his response he totally distanced himself from what he had said (and I heard). On August 18, we need to keep up the pressure of him and other contractors who have been trying to make decisions on an “energy park” in secret and without public input.
August 18 will be the public’s chance to have input into the “energy park” concept. Community environmentalists are seeking to have as many members of the public in attendance as possible as the booster groups (SRS Community Reuse Organization, Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness) will likely be there in force.
We really need to get the public to this meeting so PLEASE mark your calendars. The time is tentative but more info will follow when it’s finalized.
Stay tuned but please plan on attending on August 18.
From Bob Alvarez:
Here’s are a couple maps I put together a few years back that shows: (1) that SRS is near the epicenter of one of the most destructive earthquakes in U.S. history — not a good place to store the world’s largest inventory of mercury, much less the nation’s single largest concentration of high-level radioactive wastes; and (2) SRS sits atop the primary drinking water aquifer of the Southeastern Coastal Plain. (see below)
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Eight more Savannah River Site tours are planned
The Savannah River Site will be opening its gates to the general public again this fall.
“Act NOW if you want to go on one of these SRS tours. You’ll learn something about the site and it’s a great place to ask hard questions before Aikenites who need to hear more than the DOE line on their local nuclear site,” Tom Clements.
A pilot program conducted in March confirmed that the public is very much interested in learning about the past, present and future of SRS. Online registration for the first tour filled 300 seats in less than 24 hours. Based on the interest in the pilot program, the U.S. Department of Energy is reinstituti ng the public tour program, with eight tours that will begin in September and will include a few added features.
“Feedback from the pilot program told us the public wanted more so we’ve lengthened the tour agenda and included a stop at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory,” said Jeff Allison, DOE-SR manager. “We’re also including drive-by tours of both Dunbarton and Ellenton, former towns that were relocated when the government began constructing SRS in the early 1950s.”
Tours will last about four hours and will begin and end at the Aiken County Center for Hydrogen Research campus near the Site.
Tour participants must be U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old, have valid photo identification (required on the day of the tour) and provide their full name (as stated on their photo identification) and birth date.
Participants will be required to provide their Social Security number on the day of the tour, with security checks to be conducted prior to each tour.
For more information or to register for a tour, visit0Awww.srs.gov and click on “About SRS” for the SRS Tour Program or use the direct link to www5.hanford.gov/srstours.
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Savannah River Site
Do you want DOE at the to add you to a new e-mail list (as part of an effort by them to do better outreach to the concerned public about future use of the site)?
If you been following the vague DOE proposals for “energy parks” at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina or at Piketon in Ohio, you will know that I have been pushing DOE for not having a clear “energy park” policy and for failing to involve all stakeholders and the public in the decision-making process involving future use of the sites. At SRS, amongst other things, the SRS boosters still have their eyes set on a reprocessing “park,” which DOE officials have urged them to pursue, and at Piketon a consortium of Duke and Areva has announced the aim is to build an EPR reactor at the site. The public has so far been cut out of any planning with DOE on these projects or any other possible uses of the sites.
(I’m attending the SRS Citizens Advisory Board this afternoon and all day Tuesday and will have my ears open to anything said about the “energy park” idea.)
In response to my concerns, a DOE Assistant General Counsel recently wrote to me and said that “my office and DOE,’s Savannah River Operations Office (Operations Office) are in active discussion, and the Operations Office is currently working to establish a process that will provide transparency and meaningful public participation in relation to plans to utilize land at the Site as an energy park and with regard to relevant NEPA procedures.”
As part of what I assume is the above transparency effort mentioned above, DOE-SRS e-mailed me last Friday and said that “We are trying to expand our notification to include you and other non government organizations interested in SRS.” The e-mail went on to ask if I would help them pull together a list of NGO contacts, which would want to receive information from DOE about things at SRS. I don’t know if DOE is making this effort at Piketon or other sites but what they do here may be indicative of how DOE handles the “energy park” approach at other sites.
While I don’t want to be doing DOE’s work, I do think it important that any groups, which want to be informed of things happening at SRS, particularly about planning for any “energy park,” be on this list. They should have been doing a better job at outreach in the past but I am willing to help them get better in working with environmental stakeholders and not just with contractors and local special interest groups. We need to let them see that NGOs a re concerned about what happens at the site for any “energy park” proposals so I hope many of you will want to be on their list.
Thus, if you want your organization to be on DOE’s notification list for SRS activities, please affirm your interest to me and I’ll pass your name, organization name and e-mail address on to the SRS Office of External Affairs.
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Here’s a listing of upcoming meetings related to the Savannah River Site. Thanks for letting me know if you can join me at any of them. Tom Clements @ email@example.com
July 14 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. SRS Citizens Advisory Board Nuclear Materials Committee Aiken Municipal Conference Center 214 Park Avenue Aiken, SC calendar listing on CAB website: http://www.srs.gov/general/outreach/srs-cab/calendar1.htm
July 27-28 – Monday, July 27, 2009, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. SRS Citizens Advisory Board – full board meeting North Augusta Municipal Center 100 Georgia Avenue North Augusta, SC 29861: http://www.srs.gov/general/outreach/srs-cab/geninfo/calendar/schedule09.pdf
Agenda in Federal Register: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15781.htm
July 28 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (after CAB meeting listed above) “Public Workshop for C, K, L, R, Reactor Complexes at the Savannah River Site (SRS),” with EPA & SC DHEC North Augusta Municipal Center 100 Georgia Avenue North Augusta, SC 29861 SRS Environmental Bulletins: of July 8: http://www.srs.gov/general/pubs/envbul/documents/v20n21.pdf of June 18: http://www.srs.gov/general/pubs/envbul/documents/v20n16.pdf
July 30 – 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. EIS “scoping” meeting on national storage site for mercury – between “7,500 and 10,000 metric tons over a 40-year period” – SRS is one of seven sites being considered North Augusta Municipal Center, 100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC 29841 Federal Register announcement, July 2: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15704.htm