Many Voices Working for the Community
The Oak Ridge Site Specific
Advisory Board (OR
Rhonda Bogard, Secretary
Bob McLeod, Vice chair
2 Second consecutive absence
Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officios Present
Steve McCracken, Deputy Designated Federal Official
Connie Jones, Ex Officio, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
on behalf of
Paul Clay, Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC
Dennis Hill, BJC Public Affairs
Mike Hughes, BJC
Two members of the public attended the meeting.
David Witherspoon, Inc. 901 & 1630 Sites Cleanup
Adler of DOE provided the Board with an update (Attachment 1) on the David
Witherspoon Inc. Cleanup Site in the Vestal neighborhood of
the primary contaminants at the site are uranium, heavy metals, organics and
PCBs. Due to the presence of residual soil, surface and ground water
contamination, DOE is removing contaminated soils and debris, equipment and
buildings which are being disposed of in
Oak Ridge Environmental Management ETTP End Use
Mr. McCracken sought to share with the Board answers to some of the questions they’ve posed to DOE regarding the end state of ETTP:
· What’s the appearance of the site going to be?
· How useful and how ready is the site going to be for industrialization?
· How will historic preservation be addressed?
He said the best way to answer those questions is by showing people what DOE expects the site to look like if projects proceed as planned. He began by displaying a view graph of the ETTP site as it appears today. Some items, though not contaminated, will be removed to make the site more amenable to redevelopment.
Another slide showed a partial industrialization of the site, with the front half of the site prepared for reindustrialization first. He said that presents a good start with minimal redevelopment of the land. Part of this option involves an on-site spoils area for construction debris.
artist rendering depicted historic preservation plans, which are currently that
the footprint of the K-25 building be used. This will entail a wall as high as
17 feet and as wide as 400 feet be left in place and be decorated with murals
depicting the Manhattan Project era, with the surrounding courtyard engineered
to slope toward the wall. The historic preservation aspects of the project
would not be funded by
He pointed out to those present that some of the artists’ renderings still depict the TSCA Incinerator, which is slated to be torn down in 2006. Mr. McCracken said he believes DOE-HQ will eventually ask Oak Ridge EM to keep the incinerator operating until the complex-wide waste inventory can be further reduced. He noted it is not necessarily always an efficient means of dealing with waste, but it is the only means for burning PCB waste. He said DOE has begun negotiations with the state. DOE will own the facility; it remains to be seen who the operator will be.
McCracken cautioned members that the current plans are subject to change, since
they are based on the assumption that no contamination exists beneath K-25. If
that assumption turns out to be incorrect, everything changes.
Deputy Designated Federal Official and Ex-Officio Comments
Mr. McCracken introduced James Miller, a newly appointed member from
He also mentioned a ceremony held in the
Mr. Adler had no comments.
Ms. Jones had no announcements, but offered to respond to Board member questions.
Mr. Gebhart had no announcements, but offered to respond to Board member questions.
Announcements and Other Board Business
Trammell said a card was circulating for Al Brooks, a member of the
The agenda was approved without change.
next Board meeting will be
The minutes of the
Ms. Bogard led members through the text of the recommendation on proposed haul road from ETTP to EMWMF (Attachment 2) which outlines the aspects of the current haul road plan with which the Board does not agree. Mr. Mulvenon moved to approve the recommendation; Ms. Cothron seconded.
Throughout the course of the discussion, several opinions were put forth:
Mr. Mosby questioned whether “other options” need to be investigated, and Mr. Kennerly questioned how long such study would take and at what cost.
Mr. Myrick sought information on the impact the new road would have on the sanctioned deer hunt and the impacts a decreased habitat/hunting area would have. He did say he appreciated the efforts put forth by BJC to work to alleviate the concerns about the impact on research studies being conducted in the area.
Several members noted that the original cost savings projected for the project, which was predicted to nearly completely offset the cost of construction, no longer exists. Mr. Adler did say that some cost savings have been identified, but at best could offset only about half the cost of building a new road.
Members also questioned the impact to natural resources and final disposition of the road and its bridges.
Mr. McCracken said whatever is done needs to be done quickly because the proposed completion date of September 2005 is fast approaching. He went on to say he is not convinced that a two-lane road is necessary. He believes truck traffic could be better managed on a one-lane road.
Ms. Reagan asked if the recently let transportation contract would allow use of the haul road, and it will.
Mr. Myrick noted that the
10,000 trucks coming from the Witherspoon site are driving 10 times as far as
the 100,000 trucks which will travel from ETTP to
Ms. Bogard, who had traveled the proposed route, suggested that she’d like to see equal amounts of creative thought and funding go to finding ways to prevent accidents on public roads as opposed to avoiding those roads altogether.
Mr. Trammell said he thinks the eventual $6 million or so cost will serve as an insurance policy to preserve public safety.
The Board unanimously approved the recommendation.
Board Finance - Mr. Mosby reported that the
The next committee meeting is Thursday, Dec. 30 at
Environmental Management – Mr. Mosby reported that
the Environmental Management Committee had met on Nov. 17. Topics discussed
include Corehole 8, Upper East Fork Poplar Creek and the
The next committee meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 15 at
Mr. Mulvenon reported that the
He said the committee approved funding for the production of a QuickTime video to introduce the Stewardship Education Resource Kit, and the public notice in The Oak Ridger ran Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Mr. Mosby suggested the Board begin outreach efforts to inform the public about the efforts of the Board to perform more outreach activities.
The next committee meeting is Thursday, Dec. 16 at
The next Stewardship Education Subcommittee meeting is Thursday, Dec. 16 at
The next full committee meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 21 at
Executive - Mr. Trammell reported on the Nov. 30 committee meeting. Agenda items included facilitation needs (consensus is that some type of assistance is needed in committee meetings) and issues left from retreat including how to improve meetings and make them run more smoothly. Mr. Trammell asked Board members for their input on the latter issue.
The next committee meeting is Dec. 30 at
Board Process - Ms. Bogard reported on the Nov. 17 meeting and presented a set of proposed changes to a portion of the bylaws. The committee is working on the bylaws and special rules piecemeal and bringing suggested changes to the full Board each month to address questions as they arise. She invited participation on the committee from all members, and offered copies of working copies of the bylaws to any interested members.
The committee has also determined that new Board members need to have mentors, and Mr. Mulvenon has agreed to serve in that capacity for Mr. Dixon, Mr. Miller and Ms. Reagan.
For the Board Process minute, Ms. Bogard explained the number of votes needed for the Board to approve a recommendation or comments intended for DOE. A two-thirds majority of the full Board must approve recommendations/comments intended for DOE. Ms. Bogard noted this prevents minority opinions from being presented as representative of the entire Board. Both she and Mr. Trammell urged members to make every effort to attend Board meetings.
The next committee meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 15 at
Ms. Halsey made two announcements:
· There is a Board chairs conference call on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from to , and members arriving early for the Board Process Ad Hoc Committee meeting are invited to sit in and hear the discussion.
Public Comment Period
The meeting adjourned at
Mr. Myrick moved to approve the draft minutes of the Nov. 10 Board meeting with one editing change and one content change. Mr. Mosby seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved by a voice vote.
Mr. Mulvenon moved to approve the haul road recommendation; Ms. Cothron seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously with 14 members present and voting.
(2) to these minutes are available on request from the OR