Many Voices Working for the Community
Approved October 8, 2003, Meeting Minutes
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 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 DOE Information Center at (865) 241-4780.
David Mosby, Chair,
Luis Revilla, Secretary
Norman Mulvenon, Vice Chair
2Second consecutive absence
Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officios Present
Dave Adler, Ex Officio, DOE-Oak Ridge
Jay Bassett, for Connie Jones, Ex Officio, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Pat Halsey, Federal Coordinator, DOE-ORO EM
Steve McCracken, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, DOE-ORO EM
John Owsley, Ex
Jeannie Brandstetter, Bechtel Jacobs
Company LLC (BJC)
Jim McBrayer, BJC
Pete Osborne, BJC
Two members of the public attended the meeting.
Mr. Mosby discussed the ORSSAB Bylaws, Special Rules of Order and Standing Rules. He said they are a necessary part of any organization, and according to ORSSAB charter, a required function of the Board. After the presentation (Attachment 1), questions were asked by members of the Board and the public, and the following responses were given by Mr. Mosby.
Mr. Adams Does the SSAB have a copy of the newly revised Roberts Rules of Order
The support office has it.
Josh Johnson (ORSSAB Stewardship Committee member) The Stewardship Committee involves a lot of people from the community who are not Board members. You said something about only members of the committee can vote. Is that true for Stewardship?
Members of the public can fully participate in a standing committee of the board. Stewardship is a standing committee. Public participation is limited to attending meetings.
Deputy Designated Federal Officer (DDFO) and Ex-Officio Comments
Department of Energy - Mr. McCracken told the Board that DOE has entered into a new contract with Bechtel Jacobs Company, and indicated the move is positive as it allows work to continue. He indicated that the SSAB will be involved in the process, and wants members to feel good about work that is completed. Mr. McCracken also volunteered to provide a full presentation to discuss the contract to the Board at a meeting date of its choosing, offering to share Project Execution Plans with the Board.
Mr. Trammell asked about the path forward and schedule for the K-25/27 contract since BJC had opted not to negotiate the work with the sole bidder, the Washington/Shaw group. Mr. McCracken reported he did not think this decision would adversely affect DOEs ability to close ETTP by 2008. He said BJC has already discussed the best path forward with the use of existing and new subcontracts. Plans are to deal with high-risk work first, followed by low-risk work. Dealing first with the classified and enrichment issues involved in the high-risk work may allow a simpler approach to the low-risk work.
Mr. Gibson said
as work accelerated at the Fernald site, safety was perceived as secondary to speed, and
asked what process is in place to address that perception in
Mr. Mosby asked about the timeline for the Project Execution Plan and review of the Lifecycle Baselines. Mr. McCracken indicated that the baseline review should be done by Octobers end. A slight glitch occurred when a team from Headquarters Office of Engineering & Construction Management was unable to complete a September review. He said the Project Execution Plan, required by a DOE Order to describe how business will be carried out, is now being finalized and is planned for completion in November, at which time it can be shared with the Board.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - Mr. Owsley did not make any announcements Mr. Adams inquired if the recent weather event during which a large amount of rainfall accumulated in a few hours time had any negative effect on the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility, and Mr. Owsley said it had not.
Environmental Protection Agency Mr. Bassett told the Board EPA is happy to see the contract signed with BJC because it allows EPA to move ahead with the FFA and other agreements, and how the new contract and the baseline will affect them. He said some significant documents had been released for Decontamination and Decommissioning work at ETTP.
No public comment
Announcements and Other Board Business
The minutes of the
FY2004 ORSSAB Budget Mr.
Trammell reported on the Finance Committees
Mr. Mosby asked about the FY 2003 budget overrun indicated on information included in the notebook. Ms. Halsey said the Board did not stay within the $281,000 allocated, and although September spending numbers are not in so she predicts actual expenditures will be approximately $289,000.
Establishment of Board Finance and Public Outreach as Standing Committees - The Board voted to elevate the Board Finance Committee to a standing committee, with members taking more responsibility for allocation of Board funds. Mr. Kennerly inquired if the new committee would make recommendations, review spending or approve expenditures. Mr. Trammell said the committee will do all of those things, in addition to setting expenditure levels for staff. He said advertising and printing costs, for example, will be studied to see if cuts can be made. Mr. Kennerly asked whether BJC or DOE would handle travel and Mr. Trammell said it would be DOE. Ms. Halsey will provide DOE travel guidelines to members.
Environmental Management Committee - Mr. Gibson reported that the Environmental Management Committee met on September 17. The Ground Water Subcommittee prioritized topics and will assign issue managers for them. Dick Ketelle of BJC gave a presentation on the Remediation Effectiveness Report. Mr. Gibson noted that he was pleased to have Jeff Crane from EPA at the EM meeting. The committees next meeting is October 15. A presentation on the Monitored Natural Attenuation will be provided by Tom Early of DOE.
Mr. Gibson told members he registered
the Board for another Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) seminar to be given
over the Internet from to Oct. 9 on Rad Risk Assessment at the
Stewardship Committee - Mr.
Adams reported that the Stewardship Committee met on September 16. Ralph Skinner gave a
presentation on the Long-Term Stewardship Management Plan, and Mr. Adams noted that the
meeting adjourned at 7 p.m. Lorene Sigal was asked to put on a committee orientation prior
to the Board meeting, which was well attended. Ongoing work for the committee involves
communication with DOE. Mr. Adams said a sense of long-term stewardship is wrapped up in
recommendations sent to DOE to which there has been no clear response. Mr. Adams pointed
out that there are new people involved at DOE, primarily Mr. McCracken, and the committee
members are working to compile a historical listing of previously stated concerns that
will be reiterated. The committees next meeting is
Executive Committee - Mr. Mosby
mentioned that a travel request for Mr. Gibson had been approved at the
Public Outreach Committee Mr. Rimel reported on the Public Outreach Committees Oct. 2 meeting, during which he was elected Chair. He told members that the committee is seeking new members, but also said that membership on the committee is not necessary for members to participate in the Boards speakers bureau, which is being revised.
Mr. Gibson asked if members would be encouraged to join more than one standing committee, and Mr. Mosby said the issue would have to be studied. He asked that the membership roster be revised to indicate membership on the new standing committees.
Memos and other reports - Mr. Mosby brought the Boards attention to the response generated by the Boards recommendation on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and another piece of correspondence sent from DOE to the wrong address in November 2002 in response to the Boards welcome to Jessie Roberson.
He also noted the ORSSAB FY 2004 Work Plan, which is required by Board by-laws to be presented no later than two months following the Boards annual retreat. He encouraged members to be prepared to approve the plan in November. Mr. Adams asked if the Board needed to have a work plan tracking chart similar to that put out by the EM and Stewardship Committees that lists speakers and presentations. Mr. Mosby said the presentations are planned one or two months in advance and the meetings are more flexible than committee meetings and output.
Mr. Mosby also briefed members on the
Sept. 25-27 Chairs Meeting in
Federal Coordinator Report
Ms. Halsey told Board members the Recommendations Tracking Chart will be formatted for FY 2004 and those comments and recommendations that are already resolved will drop off the chart.
She also discussed a set of travel forms requested from members by the DOE Travel Office in order to allow travel arrangements be made through DOE and reimbursement for travel costs direct-deposited to members bank accounts. Mr. Kennerly said the request was an invasion of privacy, and Mr. McCracken indicated that although direct deposit would be the cheapest means to obtain reimbursement, he would investigate if another means could be employed for members who choose not to supply personal information. Mr. Mosby asked if members who dont have personal credit cards would be precluded from traveling for the Board, and Ms. Halsey said DOE will address that issue if it arises.
Mr. Bassett suggested that members might open and retain a separate credit union account strictly for travel reimbursements. Ms. Halsey said she had considered that option, although there might be a fee involved. Ms. Cothron said a Y-12 Credit Union savings account can be opened with a $5 deposit.
Mr. Smith asked if the Board has a commercial bank account from which to dispense members travel reimbursements, but Ms. Halsey said the Board would have to first incorporate before such an account could be opened.
Ms. Halsey said she would provide DOEs travel guidelines to members, as well as investigate whether they could retain Diners Club cards if they begin paying the fees previously funded through a Bechtel Jacobs contract.
The meeting adjourned at
Mr. Revilla moved to approve the
Mr. Trammell moved to make the Board Finance Ad Hoc Committee a standing committee. The motion passed, with 11 members voting in favor, two voting against (Ms. DeMint, Mr. McLeod) and one abstaining (Ms. Bogard). Mr. Alexander was absent for the vote.
Mr. Rimel moved to form a standing Public Outreach Committee. The motion passed, with 12 members voting in favor and two (Mr. McLeod, Mr. Mosby) voting against. Mr. Alexander was absent for the vote.
1. Staff will revise the membership roster to reflect membership on all committees. Complete. Carryover item, distributed to members at Oct. 8 meeting.
2. Ms. Halsey will provide DOE travel guidelines to members. Complete. Distributed to members at Nov. 12 meeting.
3. Ms. Halsey will investigate whether members may retain Diners Club cards. Complete. Members who choose to pay usage fee may keep the cards.