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Approved May 9, 2007 Meeting Minutes
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at the DOE Information Center in Oak Ridge, beginning at 6 p.m. A video of the meeting was made and may be viewed by phoning the Information Center at 865-241-4780.
Ben Adams - Secretary
Lance Mezga - Chair
Norman Mulvenon - Vice chair
Deputy Designated Federal Officer and Liaisons Present
Dave Adler, Liaison, Department of Energy – Oak Ridge Office (DOE-ORO)
Pat Halsey, Federal Coordinator, DOE-ORO
Connie Jones, Liaison, Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) Region 4
John Owsley, Liaison, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)
Jeff Crane, EPA
Becky Brunton, Spectrum
Spencer Gross, Spectrum
Pete Osborne, Spectrum
Thirteen members of the public were present.
This month’s meeting was an abbreviated one to allow time for a public meeting to follow on the FY 2006 Remediation Effectiveness Report/CERCLA Five-year Review (RER). The public meeting was in response to ORSSAB Recommendation 151 that the meeting for the RER be held at the same time and place as an ORSSAB meeting.
Deputy Designated Federal Officer and Liaison Comments
Dave Adler: Mr. Adler had no comments. Mr. Murphree asked about quarterly updates on the status of decontamination and decommissioning of K-25/K-27 at East Tennessee Technology Park. Mr. Adler said Jack Howard, DOE, would provide an update at the July Environmental Management Committee meeting.
Connie Jones: Ms. Jones deferred to Mr. Crane. He said the July presentation on Appendixes E and J of the Federal Facility Agreement would be a timely one because DOE, EPA, and TDEC are in formal dispute regarding milestones in those appendixes. He said a meeting was held on May 8 on the dispute and some progress was made toward resolution. He said the dispute will likely be elevated to the level of EPA regional administrator, the DOE site manager, and the deputy commissioner of TDEC.
John Owsley: Mr. Owsley said in addition to being in dispute with DOE on Federal Facility Agreement milestones, he said the TDEC is also in dispute with DOE on the Site Treatment Plan to work off the backlog of mixed transuranic waste. He said the question is over who has authority of the waste. He said both DOE and TDEC claim authority.
Mr. Bonner asked why the board was not aware of the dispute over the Site Treatment Plan. Mr. Adler said the dispute has been in place for about three years and is being held in abeyance while a similar dispute with the state of Washington is being resolved.
Announcements and Other Board Business
The next board meeting will be Wednesday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center. The main presentation topic will be “Federal Facility Agreement Appendixes E&J.” The June 13 meeting has been cancelled.
Mr. Adler introduced Ms. Hall and Mr. Gibson as the new student representatives to the board.
The minutes of the April 11, 2007 meeting were approved.
The Nominating Committee consisting of Ms. Bogard and Mr. Dixon was elected unanimously (Mr. Adams had volunteered but as a board officer the bylaws prevent him from serving on the committee).
Minutes of the Board Finance Committee and the Executive Committee meetings for April 26, 2007 were distributed (Attachments 1 and 2).
The response to Recommendation 154: Reaffirmation of DOE Secretarial Policy to Provide Stewardship at Ongoing Mission Sites with Residual Contamination was distributed (Attachment 3).
Ms. Brunton said she would be contacting members to gather information for the annual meeting on August 11.
No reports this month.
Federal Coordinator Report
No report this month.
Additions to the Agenda
Mr. Myrick moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Stow seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Myrick moved to elect the members of the Nominating Committee. Mr. Olson seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Adams moved to approve the minutes of the April 11, 2007 meeting. Mr. Dixon seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.
Attachments (3) to these minutes are available on request from ORSSAB support office.