Many Voices Working for the Community
Approved February 12, 2003, Meeting Minutes
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at the DOE Information Center 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 ORSSAB support office at 865-576-1590.
Donna Campbell, Secretary
David Mosby, Chair,
Norman Mulvenon Vice Chair
Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officios Present
Dave Adler, Ex Officio, DOE-Oak Ridge Offices (DOE-ORO)
Pat Halsey, Federal Coordinator (DOE-ORO)
Connie Jones, Ex Officio, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
John Owsley, Ex
Dennis Hill, Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC (BJC)
John Kubarewicz, BJC
James McBrayer, BJC
Pete Osborne, BJC
Judy Ullmann, Temp Systems
Eleven members of the public attended the meeting.
Lorene Sigal of the Stewardship Committee, gave a presentation titled Why Stewardship? Ms. Sigal read the mission statement of the stewardship committee; acceptance of the responsibility and the implementation of activities necessary to maintain long-term protection of human health and of the environment from hazards posed by residual radioactive and chemically hazardous materials.
Addressing stewardship issues has become more urgent under accelerated cleanup plans. Some contamination will remain in place and stewardship helps ensure the long term protection of human health and the environment. Buffer zones and institutional controls have become more important as population areas expand. In 1996 the Oak Ridge DOE recruited the SSAB to discuss stewardship issues. 100 people attended an SSAB sponsored public workshop in 1997. The End Use Working Group (EUWG) consisting of approximately 20 members met regularly to define stewardship issues and end uses for reservation land, and to recommend solutions and a path forward. The SSAB Stewardship Committee and members of the public concentrated efforts and continued working on expanding the stewardship goals. This group, the Stewardship Working Group (SWG), published two Stewardship Reports, volume 1 and 2, in 1998. The Stewardship Committee recognizes that stewardship is not only an intergenerational issue but also an intergenerational activity.
Ms. Sigal stated that the well-defined roles, authority and responsibility for stewardship ensure the long term protection of human health and the environment. She defined and identified Principal Steward, Implementation Steward, and Oversight Steward. She reviewed the various operations and activities of stewardship. Ms. Sigal mentioned areas of research needs: contamination migration, chronic exposure to low level waste and natural attenuation. Ms. Sigal emphasized that long-term stewardship must be addressed during the planning stages of remediation. Long-term stewardship must be described in legally enforceable documents.
Currently, DOE has established the Office of Legacy Management to combine the activities of stewardship and distribution of workers pension and benefits at closed sites. She stated that the Office of Legacy Management does not presently cover stewardship at sites with on-going missions.
A copy of Ms. Sigals presentation is included as Attachment 1.
John Kubarewicz of BJC gave a presentation
on program collaboration between BJC and UT-Battelle. A copy of Mr. Kubarewiczs presentation
is included as Attachment 2. The presentation addressed new technologies that are now
available for accelerated cleanup and remedial actions. The program collaboration between
BJC and UT-Battelle involves multi-site cooperation between five major sites;
Mr. Kubarewicz covered the following topics:
·EM Strategy Development
·Innovative Design Support
Mr. Kubarewicz also discussed a Bechtel initiative to leverage closure in relation to the Top-to-Bottom Review of the Environmental Management (EM) Program published by DOE-Headquarters in Spring 2002. Mr. Kubarewiczs overheads on this initiative are included as Attachment 3.
One of the challenges that came out of the
Top-to-Bottom Review is to come up with innovative ideas and technologies to reduce the
cost of accelerate closure. Bechtels response was to form a group called the EM
Integration Council. The council is run out of
The council supports the EM Programs focus on accelerating cleanup by bringing together specialists from around the country into panels that act as a resource pool. The panels are Technology, Waste Disposition, Regulatory, Multi-Site Buying, and Corporate Resources.
John Kubarewicz welcomed the ORSSAB committees to contact him for any additional information.
Deputy Designated Federal Official (DDFO) and Ex-Officio Comments
Mr. Adler made five announcements:
· Mr. Adler announced that he will be the acting DDFO for the evening. Mr. Boyd could not be present this evening. Mr. Boyd asked Mr. Adler to restate his strong commitment to the ORSSAB and his intention to be present at these meetings.
· The Presidents FY 2004 budget for the Environmental Management (EM) program reflects an increase to $525 million. The FY 2003 budget is still in continuing resolution, but Congress has submitted the budget to the President for approval.
public meeting will be held on
· There has been a temporary halt of railway transportation of waste, due to an incident last month. The incident involved the rail shipment of sludge from the Y-12 West End Treatment Facility to Envirocare. There was a very small (0.035 ounce) leakage of waste from one of the boxes. The spilled material was cleaned up, with no radioactive readings detected. Five other boxes were damaged by the shifting of the box car.
new Office of Legacy Management will be established
Mr. Kopp asked if this new office would also be involved with the transfer of properties. Mr. Adler stated that he would look into the matter and will report to Mr. Kopp.
Ms. Jones reported that due to a resource issue, EPAs "Final September 2001 Sampling Report for the Scarboro Community" will not be issued by the end of January. The expected new release date will be no later than April of this year.
DOE Coordinator Comments
reported that Martha Crosland has taken a new job with General Counsel at DOE
Headquarters. Her duties will be associated with the
Ms. Halsey addressed the new DOE Headquarters Ethics and Conflict-of-Interest Guidance distributed in this months notebook. A principal change is for Board members to notify the DDFO of instances when their participation in discussion of an issue may be a potential conflict.
Ms. Halsey reminded members that EM program documents archived at
Ms. Halsey announced that the recruiting application period for new ORSSAB members has been extended until March 10.
Announcements and Other Board Business
The next Board meeting will be
Mr. Mosby introduced a delegation from the Japanese Nuclear Fuel Cycle Group. Mr. Hirofumi Nakamura, Mr. Hirofumi Takashita and Ms. Rimiko Tabata attended this evenings meeting and met with members prior to the meeting to learn how the Board involves the public and to observe the Board meeting for the synergy between the DOE, the Board, and the regulators.
Minutes of the
Proposed changes to ORSSAB Bylaws and Special Rules of Order were approved on second reading (Attachment 4).
Comments on the Draft DOE Policy: Cleanup Driven By Risk-Based End States and Draft DOE Guidance: Development of Risk-Based End States were approved (Attachment 5).
Mr. Trammell reported that the Environmental Restoration committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 20 from until . The public budget meeting Mr. Adler spoke about will immediately follow.
Mr. Gibson reported that the Waste Management Committee met on
January 15. Bob Hightower of UT-Battelle gave a presentation on the UF6 Cylinder Conversion Program. The scheduling of the shipping of
cylinders is still questionable because it
involves coordination between
Mr. Mosby announced that he and Mr. Mulvenon will be attending
Mr. Osborne reported that several letters were sent out this month requesting opportunities to give presentations about ORSSAB. He is waiting for responses on potential presentation dates.
Mr. Kopp discussed the memo Findings and Recommendations of the Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H) Issues Ad Hoc Committee, which was published in this months notebook. Mr. Kopp said that the committee had found that the existing EM program ES&H issue resolution processes are functioning properly and that there are no unresolved ES&H issues specifically related to the EM program. Mr. Kopp reported that the committee advocated no further review of these topics, and he recommended that the committee be disbanded. Mr. Mosby, hearing no objections, pronounced that it was the will of the Board to accept the report from the ad hoc committee and dissolve the committee
members commented on the EM SSAB Workshop on Transuranic Waste Management held at the
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant January 30-February 1. Several others spoke about their experiences during
the tour of the Nevada Test Site,
The meeting adjourned at
Ms. Campbell moved to approve the minutes of the
Mr. Million moved to approve the second reading of proposed
changes to ORSSAB Bylaws and Special Rules of Order. Mr. Revilla seconded the motion, and
the motion was approved by a vote of 14 in
favor; 2 against (Mr. Alexander, Mr.
Mr. Million moved to approve the comments on the Draft DOE Policy: Cleanup Driven by Risk-Based End States and Draft DOE Guidance: Development of Risk-Based End States. Mr. Kopp seconded the motion, and the motion approved by a vote of 13 in favor; 3 against (Ms. Bonner, and Mr. Washington); and 2 abstentions (Mr. Adams and Mr. Alexander).
1. Mr. Adler will report to Mr. Kopp on whether the Office of Legacy Management will be involved in property transfers.
2. Mr. Kubarewicz will
request John Michael Japp to provide details to
4. Mr. Adler will look
into the planning assumptions on the drain lines and direct discharge storm sewers and see
what process characterizations have been done. (Carryover from
Donna L. Campbell, Secretary
Attachments (9) to these minutes are available upon request from the ORSSAB support office.