Many Voices Working for the Community
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory
Board (ORSSAB) held its monthly meeting on
Donna Campbell, Secretary
David Mosby, Chair,
Norman Mulvenon Vice Chair
Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officios Present
Gerald Boyd, DOE-ORO, Deputy Designated Federal Official
Pat Halsey, Coordinator, DOE-ORO
Connie Jones, ExOfficio, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Jeff Crane, EPA
James McBrayer, Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC (BJC)
Pete Osborne, BJC
Judy Ullmann, Temp Systems
Six members of the public attended the meeting.
After the presentation, the following
questions were asked by members of the Board and the following responses were given by Ms.
Mr. Gibson Please explain the meaning of the phrase what is being emitted there now. Are you looking at emissions at the Y-12 facility presently?
The study looked at current exposures at Y-12 and the emissions/discharges into the Scarboro Community. It was beyond the scope for an ecological viability study to be done; this study only looked at human health.
For this study, EPA looked at human health exposure. When sampling for human health issues the top 6 inches of soil are tested. However, for analyzing mercury and uranium samples the test sample is taken at 12 inches. Based on the findings from the EPA and DOE studies, the results indicate there is no threat to human health, and no further action is required at this time.
Ms. Cothron What do you mean when you use the phrase results due to process?
It refers to the activities that are ongoing at Y-12, which include emissions and discharges into the Scarboro Community.
Ms. Bonner Is there a reason why EPA did not go in at the beginning to do the sampling first?
It was a simple lack of coordination with DOE. EPA does not do split samples any more. DOE is the lead agency. EPA uses laboratory validation to review data and compare data at twenty percent of the DOE sampling locations.
Ms. Bonner - Do you think EPA will resample for health effects or for remedial reasons?
Based on this sampling report, EPA is convinced that further samples will not be taken under the current scope.
Mr. Adams In your opinion did the length of time between DOE sampling and EPA sampling and reviews cause a lack of confidence or concern in the data analysis?
The community and EPA were concerned at first, but the results from DOE sampling were similar to the results obtained by EPA sampling. The time lag did not impact the sampling analysis.
Mr. Kennerly Does any of the surface water continually run out of the Scarboro Community?
Surface water samples were taken, and nothing was found. Samples were even taken from backyards of some residents. The creek connects to Lower East Fork Poplar Creek.
Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officio Comments
Mr. Boyd made eight announcements:
· DOE released the interim reorganization of the DOE-ORO Environmental Management Program (EM) to meet the demands of the accelerated cleanup plan.
· The extension and conversion of Bechtel Jacobss contract has not yet been approved. No authority has been given from Headquarters to negotiate an extension.
continuing resolution by Congress to fund government agencies at the level of
the previous fiscal year
investigation report on the strontium-90 release from Oak Ridge National Laboratory is complete and available for public
review. This report will be made available at the DOE Information
· The East Tennessee Technology Park Phase II Water Quality Report has been completed and will be released early next week.
reports will be forthcoming that might be of interest to the Board. The Corp of Engineers
has completed their review of the life cycle baseline, and the report will be available
within the next two weeks. The K-25 & K-27 Project Phase II is the removal of the
equipment, which is the biggest part of the project. DOE did an independent analysis of
that Request for Proposal (RFP) submitted by Bechtel Jacobs.
The National Facility D&D Initiative group located in
· The Materials and Chemistry Laboratory issue was addressed by DOE, and the demolition of building K-1006 will be placed at the very end of the demolition schedule.
· DOE is always striving to better improve communication with the stakeholders and the community. One suggestion was to sponsor a workshop that goes into the technical details of the life cycle baseline.
Mr. Adler announced that the
Comprehensive Waste Disposition Plan is available in draft form at the
Ms. Halsey expressed appreciation to all the Board members for their attendance and participation in the recent SSAB Chairs Meeting.
Ms. Jones introduced Mr. Jeff Crane to the Board. Mr. Crane is the EPA FFA Project Manager.
Announcements and Other Board Business
The next Board meeting will be
Minutes of the
The Board approved a letter to Mr. Gerald Boyd, Recommendations on Fact Sheets for Explanations of Significant Difference for CERCLA Records of Decision at the U.S. DOE Oak Ridge Reservation (Attachment 2), with one amendment, which is to remove the last bullet on page two.
The Board approved a letter to Mr. Gerald Boyd, Comments on the Land Use Control Implementation Plans (LUCIPs) for Melton Valley, Bethel Valley, and Upper East Fork Poplar Creek Characterization Area (Attachment 3) with one amendment, to add and record with the Registrar of Deeds in appropriate county to the fifth paragraph, so that it reads, The three tables included in each LUCIP provide the reviewer an informative snapshoot of the remedial actions, Land Use Controls and required monitoring of the Land Use Controls. The maps and associated text identify the areas under restriction; the survey plats filed with the City of Oak Ridge Community Development Department and recorded with the Registrar of Deeds in the appropriate county, after completion of all remedial actions will provide greater detail.
The Board approved a letter to TDEC, Ms. Okoreeh-Baah, Recommendation Concerning Department of Energy Oak Ridge Toxic Substances Control Act Incinerator Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Part B Permit Renewal (Attachment 4).
The Board approved a letter to Mr. David Allen, Comments on the Environmental Assessment for Proposed Changes to the Sanitary Biosolids Land Application Program on the Oak Ridge Reservation (Attachment 5).
Mr. Trammell, Mr. Million, Mr. Gibson, and Mr. Mosby gave reports on recent activities of the Environmental Restoration, Stewardship, Waste Management, and Executive committees, respectively. Mr. Osborne reported on public outreach. Mr. Mulvenon discussed recent meetings of the Board Process and Environmental Safety and Health and the Scarboro Sampling Report Ad Hoc committees.
Mr. Alexander asked the Board for
clarification on draft environmental assessments (EAs). Has
The meeting adjourned at
Ms. Campbell moved to approve the amended minutes of the
Mr. Trammell moved to approve ARecommendations on Fact Sheets for Explanations of Significant Difference for CERCLA Records of Decision at the U.S. DOE Oak Ridge Reservation.@ No second was required on the motion, and the motion was unanimously approved.
Mr. Million moved to approve AComments on the Land Use Control Implementation Plans for
Mr. Gibson moved to approve ARecommendation Concerning Department of Energy Oak Ridge Toxic Substances Control Act Incinerator Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Part B Permit Renewal.@ No second was required on the motion, and the motion was unanimously approved.
Mr. Gibson moved to approve Comments on the Environmental Assessment for Proposed Changes to the Sanitary Biosolids Land Application Program on the Oak Ridge Reservation.@ Mr. Adams seconded the motion, and the motion was unanimously approved.
Donna L. Campbell, Secretary
Attachments (6) to these minutes are available upon request from the ORSSAB support office.
Halsey will be looking into the EA process and procedures and will follow up with Mr.
Alexander. Completed via e-mail 12/4/02 (Attachment 6)
Completed via e-mail 12/4/02 (Attachment 6)
Board Process Committee will add to the committees agenda Rex Lynchs request
to have someone from his board of commissioners be seated on the SSAB. Completed