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BOMB PLANT NEWS | Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report to Congress

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has issued its “first periodic Report to Congress on Infrastructure Needs in the Department of Energy’s Aging Defense Nuclear Facilities.”  Below are the excerpts on aging issued related to the H-Canyon reprocessing plant and the tanks containing radioactive nuclear waste.  These are the main things at SRS we need to keep a close eye on for accidental release of radioactive material or accidents harming workers or the public (till the MOX plant stats operation…if it ever does…..hope not…).  Tom Clements   


Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report to Congress  

September 10, 2010  

To the Congress of the United States:  

“The Department of Energy (DOE) continues to rely on aging facilities to carry out hazardous production missions. Examples of this persistent problem include the 9212 Complex at the Y-12 National Security Complex (portions of which are more than 60 years old), the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Facility at Los Alamos (55 years old), and the first high-level waste tanks built at the Hanford and Savannah River Sites (up to 56 years old). There are other examples of degrading and aging facilities that will require significant capital expenditures for replacement or for repair and upgrade of key systems.”  


Savannah River Site, H-Canyon – Aging Systems and Structures  

“The board encouraged DOE to continue aging management evaluations of H-Canyon and adopt a strategy to address age-related degradation. Components showing localized degradation include canyon wall concrete, the sand filter cileing, electrical wiring, and the canyon roof liner.”

Savannah River Site, Concentration, Storage, and Transfer Facility (Tank Farms)Aging Tanks and Systems:  

“DOE continues to store liquid wastes in some of the old noncompliant tanks.  DOE expects these old tanks will contain waste through 2018.  Support systems require increased attention for monitoring and repair.  The Board issued a letter dated January 6, 2010, encouraging DOE to develop more efficient tank inspection techniques.

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Bomb Plant Info | Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board | Final Agenda for July 27-28 Meeting

Savannah River Site

Savannah River Site

SRS Citizens Advisory Board

July 27, 2009
North Augusta Municipal Center 100 Georgia Ave.
North Augusta, SC


Combined Committee Meeting
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Agenda Review Jenny Freeman
1:15 p.m. Waste Management Committee Joe Ortaldo
Solid Waste Update
Presentations by Bert Crapse and Mike Simmons, DOE-SR
Congratulations to DOE (draft letter)
2:15 p.m. Strategic & Legacy Management Committee Madeleine Marshall & Judith Greene-McLeod
Site Performance Metrics (draft recommendation)
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Nuclear Materials Committee Donald Bridges
Plutonium Consolidation Program Update
Presentation by Allen Gunter, DOE-SR
3:30 p.m. Facilities Disposition & Site Remediation Committee K. Jayaraman
3:45 p.m. Administrative Committee Sarah Watson
4:00 p.m. Public Comments
4:15 p.m. Adjourn

Why the Bomb Plant (SRS) Exist!

Why the Bomb Plant (SRS) Exist!

July 28, 2009
North Augusta Municipal Center
North Augusta, SC
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Presiding Chair: Manuel Bettencourt

Facilitation: Jenny Freeman
Approval of Minutes Manuel Bettencourt
Agency Updates (approximately 1 hour)

Public Comments (approximately 10 minutes)
Chair Update (approximately 20 minutes) Manuel Bettencourt
Facilitator Update (approximately 10 minutes) Jenny Freeman
Recommendation Status Report
Administrative Committee Report (approximately 20 minutes) Sarah Watson
Strategic & Legacy Management Committee (approximately 1 hour 20 minutes) Madeleine Marshall & Judith Gree ne-McLeod
Recovery Act Project Update Presented by Helen Belencan, DOE-SR
FY2009 and FY2010 Funded Integrated Priority List
Presented by Lance Schlag, DOE-SR
Site Performance Metrics (recommendation)
Public Comments (approximately 10 minutes)
12:00 Lunch
Waste Management Committee (approximately 1 hour) Joe Ortaldo
Overview of Savannah River Remediation Presentation by Jim French, SRR
Congratulations to DOE (letter)
Nuclear Materials Committee (approximately 30 minutes) Donald Bridges
Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council
Guest Speaker: Ben Rusche, Chair
Facilities Disposition & Site Remediation Committee (1 hour) K. Jayaraman
Area Closure Projects – New Technologies on the Horizon
Presentation by Chris Bergren, SRNS
Public Comments (approximately 10 minutes)

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