Many Voices Working for the Community
Approved March 12, 2003, Meeting Minutes
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 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
Pat Halsey, Federal Coordinator, DOE-ORO
Connie Jones, Ex Officio, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
John Owsley, Ex
Dennis Hill, Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC
Chuck Jenkins, BJC
Pete Osborne, BJC
Judy Ullmann, Temp Systems
Eighteen members of the public attended the meeting.
Mr. Steve Liedle, President of BJC, gave a project status report on the cleanup activities being performed on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR). A copy of Mr. Liedles presentation is included as Attachment 1.
Mr. Liedle addressed risk
management/risk reduction, presented progress reports on the East Tennessee Technology
After the presentation, the following questions were asked by members of the Board, and the following responses were given by Mr. Liedle, except as noted.
Mr. Gibson: What are the current staffing levels, and how will the accelerated schedule impact the labor force?
Currently there are less than one thousand BJC employees. Last week BJC had an all-hands meeting to discuss accelerated closure and what that means to the manpower forecasts. To date many employees have been released but are being re-absorbed by subcontractors.
BJC formed agreements with Y-12 and UT-Battelle that give priority to employees that have been displaced, if their skills match the job requirements. In addition, BJC negotiated with Y-12 and UT-Battelle to have the pension packages transfer with the displaced employee.
BJC sponsored career workshops with representatives from local colleges and universities to discuss the shift in educational and skill set requirements for employees whose employment will terminate at the end of the closure contract and who will be re-entering the labor market.
Ms. Hill: On the
Yes. The savings are all-inclusive. All spent nuclear fuel has been repackaged and is ready for transfer off site.
Ms. Hill: ETTP buildings are earmarked for reindustrialization. Is this just a best-case scenario, or is it real? And has any thought been given to the historical value of these buildings?
Over the past year BJC has worked with CROET and DOE to try to identify a set of buildings that have some commercial marketability. Out of some 400 facilities only 26 facilities were deemed viable. This is based on the environmental studies performed on the buildings; their current infrastructure, and surveys of the ground surrounding the facilities.
I am sure that something will be done to memorialize the history of the area and the facilities. However, BJC does not have a very active role in this process.
Capping has been approved in the record of decision signed for this area by DOE, TDEC, and EPA, so we and the regulators feel confident that capping will be effective.
Mr. Adams: Do you believe that the State is helping or hurting you?
The State has been fair, and we are making progress.
Mr. Kennerly: Has a decision been made about the disposition of the K-25 building process equipment?
The final disposition of the equipment¾about 3,000 converters at K-25 and K-27¾is still an on-going discussion.
We have done some remote readings, and some of that information is classified. In addition we have assay work for the past 15 years. We will supply you the readings that are not classified.
Mr. Kopp: Is the waste acceptance board for the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility (EMWMF) active and functioning?
BJC has a group that meets to look at progress over the past 30 days. Waste loading is calculated by a sum-of-fractions process, which is monitored over time.
Pat Rush (member of the public): Recent rains filled EMWMF to overflowing. What are the plans to fix this problem in the future?
The basins beneath the cell are what actually overflowed. This happened because of some valve problems and a design flaw. Groundwater levels are being monitored. Currently we are reviewing recommendations about how to fix this problem.
Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officio Comments
Mr. Adler made three announcements and distributed a short fact sheet on the FY 2003 budget (Attachment 2):
· General reductions included in the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill will result in a FY 2003 budget reduction for the Environmental Management (EM) Program of approximately $22 million. Impacts will be felt in demolition work at the K-25 building and in modest schedule delays.
A minor accident occurred earlier
today when a truck carrying BNFL material to the Nevada Test Site was clipped by a second
small truck on the
The Comprehensive Waste Disposition
Plan is almost complete. A draft of this document is available at the
DOE Coordinator Comments
Ms. Halsey announced that the membership recruitment period closed on March 10. Fourteen applications have been received.
Announcements and Other Board Business
The next Board meeting will be
Minutes of the
The Board voted to endorse EM SSAB
recommendations on transuranic (TRU) waste (Attachment 3) that had been generated at the
January 2003 EM SSAB Workshop on TRU Waste Management. The Board granted Mr. Mosby
authority to approve minor editorial changes to the recommendations, if necessary, before
signing them at the upcoming
Mr. Gibson reported that the Waste Management Committee will tour EMWMF as part of its regular monthly meeting on April 16. All Board members are invited to attend.
Mr. Mosby announced that he and Mr.
Mulvenon will be attending the
Mr. Mosby announced that the March
Mr. Osborne reported that several
letters were sent out this month requesting opportunities to give presentations about
ORSSAB to local high schools. He is waiting for responses on potential presentation dates.
The annual report will be delivered to the
Mr. Mulvenon announced that the Board
Process Ad Hoc Committee discussed the recommendation, comment, and decision-making
process at its meeting held earlier this afternoon. A change to the Bylaws will be
proposed at the March
The Board reviewed draft overheads (Attachment 4) to be presented by Mr. Mosby and Mr. Mulvenon at the EM SSAB Chairs Meeting in Denver, March 27-29.
The meeting adjourned at
Ms. Campbell moved to approve the
amended minutes of the
Mr. Gibson moved to approve the EM SSAB
Recommendations on TRU waste and to grant Mr. Mosby authority to approve minor editorial
changes to the recommendations, if necessary, before signing them at the upcoming
Liedle will provide Mr.
Donna L. Campbell, Secretary
Attachments (5) to these minutes are available upon request from the ORSSAB support office.