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Approved August 9, 2008 Meeting Minutes


The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) held its monthly meeting on Saturday, August 9, 2008, at the Whitestone Country Inn, 1200 Paint Rock Road, Kingston, Tenn. beginning at 4 p.m.


Members Present

Bill Bass

Miranda Clower1

John Coffman

Steve Dixon – Vice-chair

Charles Jensen

Betty Jones

Edward Juarez

Ted Lundy – Secretary

David Martin

Gloria Mei

Lance Mezga - Chair

Ron Murphree

Tim Myrick

Robert Olson

Maggie Owen

Sondra Sarten

Steve Stow

Kevin Westervelt


Members Absent

Darryl Bonner

Claire Campbell1

Steve Mead


1Student Representative


Deputy Designated Federal Officer, Liaisons, and Federal Coordinator Present

Dave Adler, Liaison, Department of Energy-Oak Ridge Office (DOE-ORO)

Pat Halsey, Federal Coordinator, DOE-ORO

Connie Jones, Liaison, Environmental Protection Agency

John Owsley, Liaison, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation


Others Present

Becky Brunton, Spectrum

Spencer Gross, Spectrum

Pete Osborne, Spectrum


Deputy Designated Federal Officer and Liaison Comments



Public Comment



Announcements and Other Board Business

ORSSAB will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 10 at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center, 475 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tenn. The presentation will be “The Federal Historic Preservation Program.”


The minutes of the July 9, 2008 meeting were approved.

A proposed amendment to the bylaws to have the fiscal year begin in October was read for the first time (Attachment 1).


Election of FY 2009 Officers – Ms. Sarten representing the Nominating Committee submitted a slate of candidates: Chair, Steve Dixon; Vice-chair, Ted Lundy; Secretary, John Coffman. There were no nominations from the floor. The slate of candidates was approved.


The motion for the second consecutive absence for Mr. Mezga was removed from the agenda because he was in attendance.


Federal Coordinator Report – Ms. Halsey reminded members that they are not approved for travel on board business until their travel requests are approved by the Executive Committee. They should not make travel arrangements on their own, but must work with the DOE travel office to make arrangements after they have been approved to travel by the Executive Committee. She asked staff to provide DOE travel guidance to members when they request travel so they can familiarize themselves with travel guidelines.


Additions to the Agenda





Mr. Myrick moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Westervelt seconded and the motion passed unanimously.



Mr. Lundy moved to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2008 meeting. Mr. Olson seconded and the motion passed unanimously.



Ms. Sarten moved to approve the slate of candidates for officers for FY 2009. Mr. Mezga seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.


Action Items


  1. Mr. McCracken will check on the status of land record notices and deed restrictions in Melton Valley being filed with the Roane County Register of Deeds.
  2. Mr. McCracken will provide details of the additional budget expected to be allocated to DOE-ORO for FY 2009.



  1. Mr. Adler and Mr. Darby will determine the amount of curies measured in Bear Creek Valley. Complete. Don Dunning, DOE-ORO provided the following explanation: An estimate can be made of the activity inventory of uranium at the Bear Creek Burial Grounds, based on the estimates of the total mass of uranium disposed – approximately 19 million kilograms (~40 million pounds). The activity inventory would depend on the specific isotopic composition, which would depend on the enrichment/depletion characteristics of the waste disposed, since the specific activity differs for each isotope. Assuming that all waste disposed consisted only of depleted uranium would give the most conservative estimate of the activity inventory.


19 million kilograms of uranium x 1000 g/kg x 1.36 x 10-6 curies/g of depleted uranium = 2.4 x 104 curies (24,000 curies)


If we assume that uranium isotopes are in their natural isotopic abundance (i.e., natural uranium), the estimate would be slightly lower:

19 million kilograms of uranium x 1000 g/kg x 6.8 x 10-7curies/g of natural uranium = 1.3 x 104 curies (13,000 curies)


That may give a reasonable range for our estimate. It is probably not reasonable to assume any enrichment above natural uranium as an average value for the disposed waste.


  1. Ms. Halsey will check on the status of Recommendation 154: Reaffirmation of DOE Secretarial Policy to Provide Stewardship at Ongoing Mission Sites with Residual Contamination at DOE Headquarters. Complete. In a letter (Attachment 2) to Mr. Mezga Mark Gilbertson, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Engineering and Technology, said the recommendation to assign a DOE headquarters liaison for long-term stewardship activities has been implemented. Vincent Adams has been named as the liaison. He will be responsible for conducting site transition and pre- and post-remediation strategy planning for long-term stewardship consistent with applicable regulations and DOE orders. He will ensure execution of Environmental Management policy on remedy decisions and end-state vision and will work with Environmental Management Site Transition Coordinators.


Attachments (2) to these minutes are available on request from ORSSAB support office.