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Savannah River Site

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. 

 For more information contact Tom Clements@ tel. 803-834-3084/ cell 803-240-7268/ tomclements329@cs.com.

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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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Upcoming meetings related to the Savannah River Site

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 @ tomclements329@cs.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  

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