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Approved December 13, 2000, Meeting Minutes
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2000, at the Comfort Inn in Oak Ridge, beginning at 6:00 p.m. A video tape recording of the meeting was made and may be viewed by calling the SSAB support office at 865-241-3665.

Members Present
Jake Alexander
Shane Bellis1
Jeff Cange
Mary Lynn Fletcher2
Luther Gibson, Jr., Chair
Tami Hamby
Steve Kopp
Steve Lewis
Avalon Mansfield1
David Mosby, Vice Chair
Pat Rush
Kevin Shaw
Lorene Sigal
Coralie Staley, Secretary
Kerry Trammell
Scott Vowell

1Student representative
2Via conference phone

Members Absent
Bill Pardue
Peery Shaffer
Darrell Srdoc
Charles Washington

Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officios Present
Pat Halsey, DOE-Oak Ridge Offices (DOE-ORO)
Connie Jones, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
John Owsley, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)

Others Present
Sheree Black, SSAB support office
Chuck Jenkins, Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC
Jim Kopotic, DOE-ORO
Pete Osborne, SSAB support office
Walter Perry, DOE-ORO

Seven members of the public attended the meeting.

Mr. Kopotic gave a presentation on the Proposed Plan for East Tennessee Technology Park Zone 1 and distributed copies of his overheads (Attachment 1). Ms. Jones (who is on the writing team for the plan) explained that the original issue date for public review of the document was late December; however, because the cost of Zone 1 activities will be over $75M, the plan must be presented to the EPA Remedy Review Board for consideration. That process will delay issuance of the plan for perhaps three months.

After the presentation, the following questions were asked by SSAB members and the public.



Response (abridged)

Avalon Mansfield How did you set the Zone 1 boundaries? Zone 1 includes areas outside the ETTP fences, which are areas the public can access. We designated Zone 1 separately from areas inside the fences because of the remediation activities taking place within.
Luther Gibson Do you still have a lot of scrap metal at the powerhouse area? Yes. If the Secretary’s moratorium on recycling is lifted, the metal can be recycled, otherwise it will be disposed.
Kerry Trammell Are there any estimates of buried materials in Zone 1 that may as yet be uncharted? The plan addressed areas of known contamination, and if we encounter other areas, they’ll be addressed in a manner appropriate to the magnitude. We may, for instance, simply notify EPA that a contiguous area of contamination exists; or if the material is more significant, we may issue an Explanation of Significant Difference or perhaps even amend the Record of Decision (ROD).
Scott Vowell Are the activities of ETTP lessees overseen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other entities that govern DOE activities at ETTP? Many questions of this sort are being raised by TDEC and EPA. ETTP is a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act site, so DOE must ultimately address these sort of questions.
Steve Kopp When was the capital cost estimate of $80M done? While we drafted the plan; the numbers will be revised before the ROD is issued.
Jeff Cange Where will all the waste be disposed? At the EM Waste Management Facility (EMWMF).
So it all meets the EMWMF waste acceptance criteria? The waste acceptance criteria have not been set yet, so that issue is still being worked.
Susan Gawarecki, Local Oversight Committee (LOC) Executive Director Historic preservation at K-25 is important to the community, and I hope that a portion of it be preserved because of the importance of the Manhattan Project. I hope the SSAB will take an interest and that DOE will plan for some preservation. It’s an issue we’re struggling with. A meeting on that topic will be held in January or February.
Norman Mulvenon, Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Panel of the (LOC) Is there any way you could have gotten costs down to below the $75M threshold that triggered Remedy Review Board involvement? We considered that, and it was the consensus that going before the review board might still be desirable.

Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officio Comments
Ms. Halsey welcomed new ORSSAB member Kevin Shaw and announced that two other new members, John Million and John Kennerly, had been seated on the Board. They will be attending the January Board meeting. Ms. Halsey made two other announcements:

• The Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 budget allocation has been set but cannot be released to the public at this time. DOE-ORO will schedule a public meeting to update stakeholders on the allocation as well as the status of planning on the FY 2002 and 2003 budgets.

• DOE will make a presentation at the January Board meeting on the Upper East Fork Poplar Creek (UEFPC) Watershed. The Proposed Plan for UEFPC will be sent to TDEC and EPA next week; it should be available to the public around December 20. The 45-day public review period will begin January 8 and end February 21. A representative from DOE’s UEFPC team will attend the ORSSAB Environmental Restoration Committee meeting on January 18 to discuss the plan in depth.

Mr. Owsley responded to a question raised by Mr. Lewis at the November 8, 2000, Board meeting regarding offsite sampling around the Oak Ridge Reservation. When TDEC took over the well monitoring program from DOE, TDEC was not given the names and addressed of property owners participating in the program; the owners were instructed to contact TDEC directly if they wished to have monitoring continued. Some confusion about those instructions has been discovered, and TDEC is now working to contact all property owners in the original program to see if they want to continue their involvement.

Mr. Owsley announced that he had received verbal confirmation of his appointment as Director of the TDEC DOE Oversight Division.

Public Comment

Announcements and Other Board Business
The next Board meeting will be Wednesday, January 10, at the Garden Plaza Hotel. The presentation will focus on the Proposed Plan for UEFPC.

During the meeting, the Board took the following actions:

• Minutes of the November 8, 2000, Board meeting were approved pending amendment to note Mr. Owsley’s action item as complete.

• Comments on the Long-Term Stewardship Study of October 2000 were approved (Attachment 2).

• EMSSAB Recommendations on Long-Term Stewardship were endorsed (Attachment 3).

Walter Perry, DOE-ORO Community Relations Manager, announced that an emergency situation had developed at ETTP this evening. Fluorine and hydrogen fluoride were discovered emanating from Building K-1302—a shutdown facility where fluorine had been once been stored. Four persons were taken to medical services facilities for treatment of nausea and headache. The area has been cordoned off, and teams are on site evaluating the situation. Mr. Perry distributed a news release on the subject (Attachment 4).

Ms. Sigal distributed a table of DOE long-term stewardship activities for December and January (Attachment 5).

Mr. Vowell reported that members of the Stewardship Committee’s Education Subcommittee (Mr. Vowell, Ms. Mansfield, Ms. Staley, and Al Brooks, along with staff member Dennis Hill and Ralph Skinner of DOE-ORO) met on December 16 at Oak Ridge High School with approximately 20 high school and middle school educators. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss incorporating stewardship issues in school curricula. The educators were receptive to the concept, and the committee will follow up on their visit in the near future.

Mr. Osborne gave a report on recent public outreach activities, which include the following:

• November 29: Outreach visit to the ETTP cafeteria by Charles Washington and Luther Gibson

• December 4: Presentation to environmental sciences students at Pellissippi State Community College by Lorene Sigal

• December 6: Outreach visit to the Federal Building by Charles Washington, Luther Gibson, and Steve Kopp

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Attachments to these minutes are available upon request from the SSAB support office.

Motions and Recommendations
Ms. Rush moved to delete agenda item IX.B, "CROET Report." Mr. Kopp seconded the motion and the motion was unanimously approved.

Ms. Staley moved to approve the amended agenda. Mr. Mosby seconded the motion and the motion was unanimously approved.

Mr. Mosby moved to approve the amended minutes of the November 8, 2000, Board meeting. Mr. Alexander seconded the motion, and the motion was unanimously approved (Mr. Cange and Ms. Rush were absent for the vote).

Ms. Sigal moved to approve comments on the draft Long-Term Stewardship Study of October 2000. No second was required for the motion, and the motion was unanimously approved (Mr. Cange and Ms. Rush were absent for the vote).

Ms. Sigal moved to endorse the draft EMSSAB Recommendations on Long-Term Stewardship. No second was required for the motion, and the motion was unanimously approved (Mr. Cange, Ms. Fletcher, and Ms. Rush were absent for the vote).

Respectfully submitted,
Coralie A. Staley, Secretary


Attachments (5)

Action Items

  1. Staff will amend the minutes of the November 8, 2000, Board meeting to note Mr. Owsley’s action item as complete. Completed 12/14/00

1 Motion

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