ECOS Requests Stronger FY14 Congressional Budget for DOE’s Nuclear Cleanup Work
On Aug. 6, 2013, ECOS sent a letter urging Congress to provide a stronger Fiscal Year 2014 budget for cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. The letter requests a fully funded budget to allow the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to remediate these sites on schedule per legally binding state-federal cleanup agreements. The letter also expresses alarm over the negative impacts to the cleanup program borne as a result of sequestration and other recent budget cuts, including worry that state oversight workers may face layoffs and will have a diminished ability to provide quality assurance of ongoing cleanups. The letter also requests better and more timely opportunities be provided for states to consult with DOE regarding the possible implications of any future budget cuts so that cleanup priorities can be jointly determined as circumstances change over time and unanticipated environmental and public health concerns emerge.
ECOS and the Quicksilver Caucus Urge Dept of Energy to Request Funds to Establish a Storage Facility for Elemental Mercury
On May 8, 2012, the Quicksilver Caucus sent a letter to Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, urging his agency to request the congressional funding needed to finalize the process for establishing a storage facility for elemental mercury- pursuant to the Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008.
David Martin of New Mexico Appointed Chair of the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum
On March 21, 2012, ECOS President Tom Burack (New Hampshire) announced his appointment of David Martin (New Mexico) as Chair of the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum, effective immediately. David succeeds Colleen Cripps (Nevada) who previously served as Federal Facilities Chair until being appointed Chair of the ECOS Water Committee the day before (on March 20). David is the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department.
Materials Available from 2012 ECOS Spring Meeting in Austin, Texas
AGENDA for the Federal Facilities Forum in Austin
NOTES from Federal Facilities Forum in Austin
PRESENTATION from Alice Williams of DOE
NGA Passes New Policy on Natural Resources
On Feb. 27, 2012, the National Governors Association passed a new policy on natural resources (NR-03i). In the policy, the Governors oppose the assertion of sovereign immunity by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Formerly Used Defense Sites (see Section 3.5.1).
ECOS Thanks the Dept of Energy for Engaging in Stakeholder Meeting
On Feb. 21, 2012, ECOS joined several other associations in sending a thank-you letter to U.S. Department of Energy Senior Advisor for Environmental Management, David Huizenga. The letter expresses appeciation for DOE's engagement with ECOS and other stakeholder groups at a meeting held Dec. 14- 16, 2011 in New Orleans.
ECOS Members Attend Intergovernmental Meeting with DOE
ECOS and ITRC sent a contingent of 7 state environmental officials to attend the 2011 Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy held Dec. 14- 16 in New Orleans. The contingent included representatives from CO, KY, NV, OH, TN & WA. Additional state environmental officials attended the meeting under the auspices of the National Governor's Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures, including representatives of ID, MO & NM. A total of 19 state environmental officials attended the meeting, including 2 agency directors and 1 deputy director. Meeting sessions focused primarily on issues related to cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex.
Materials Available from 2011 ECOS Annual Meeting at Indianapolis, Indiana
AGENDA for the Federal Facilities Forum at Indianapolis
NOTES from Federal Facilities Forum at Indianapolis
PARTICIPANT LIST from Federal Facilities Forum at Indianapolis
PRESENTATION from Bill Levitan of DOE
Dept of Defense Issues New DERP Goals
On July 22, 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense sent a letter to ECOS in order to share its new goals for the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP).
Pentagon Thanks ECOS for Support of FUDS Program
On July 18, 2011, ECOS received a letter from Maureen Sullivan, Director for Environmental Management with the U.S. Department of Defense. The letter expresses gratitude for ECOS' support of the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) cleanup program, and for defending the program against cuts proposed for its fiscal year 2012 budget.
ECOS Urges Congress to Fully Fund FY 2012 Budget for DOE Nuclear Cleanup Work
On May 17, 2011, ECOS sent a letter urging Congress to fully fund DOE's budget request of $6.13 B for fiscal year 2012 to support the agency's nuclear cleanup work. The letter refers to ECOS Resolution #10-3 that urges Congress to "appropriate the levels of funding necessary to ensure EM (Environmental Management) annual budgets are fully funded and fully compliant"’noting that "stable funding leads to greater efficiencies in cleanup cost and schedule." Click here to see a copy of the letter.
ECOS Successfully Tours the Nevada National Security Site
Twenty-four (24) state officials toured the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) on April 12, 2011 as part of a two-day event organized by ECOS. The highlight of the trip was when members had the opportunity to view the Area 5 Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Cell. Participants from CO, ID, KY, MO, NV, OH, SC, TN and WA attended the tour. A copy of the information packet distributed by DOE during the tour may viewed in the following 3 files:
NNSS Handout 1 of 3
NNSS Handout 2 of 3
NNSS Handout 3 of 3
On April 13, participants attended a working breakfast of the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum to discuss cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. Later that day, ECOS hosted a luncheon with guest speaker Ms. Shirley Olinger (Associate Principle Deputy for Corporate Operations, DOE-EM). A copy of Ms. Olinger's presentation to ECOS may be viewed here. Notes from these meetings are available to state environmental officials by request-- contact staffer Matt Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive a copy.
ECOS Visits DOE Headquarters in Washington DC
On March 30, 2011, fourteen officials from seven states visited U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, DC. Participants met with Frank Marcinowski (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technical and Regulatory Support for DOE-EM) and other DOE and NNSA officials to discuss cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex and related issues. Officials from the following states participated: CO, IL, OH, TN, UT,’WA and WY (see participant list here). Many of the participants were top ECOS members (agency directors or deputy directors). Notes from this meeting are available to EM and state environmental officials by request-- contact staffer Matt Jones (email@example.com) to receive a copy.
Materials Available from 2011 ECOS Spring Meeting in Alexandria VA
AGENDA for Federal Facilities Forum 28 March 2011
NOTES from the Federal Facilities Forum 28 March 2011
PRESENTATION by Roger Petrie, Tennessee
PRESENTATION by Maureen Sullivan, Dept of Defense
PRESENTATION by William Levitan, Dept of Energy
ATTENDEE LIST from the Federal Facilities Forum 28 March 2011
HANDOUT announcing FUDS Forum scheduled for 24- 26 May 2011
Colleen Cripps Named Chair of the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum
On Feb. 7, 2011, Colleen Cripps (Administrator, Nevada DEP) was named the new Chair of the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum, effective immediately. For more information, click here.
ECOS Members Attend 2010 Intergovernmental Meeting with DOE
ECOS sent a contingent of 8 members to the 2010 Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held Nov. 8- 10 in San Diego, CA. The focus of the meeting was to discuss cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex being undertaken by DOE's Office of Environmental Management (EM). On Nov. 8, ECOS held a working breakfast that featured presentations on ITRC research (from Anna Willett, ECOS), decontamination and decommissioning (Tom Schneider, Ohio), and attenuation of metals and radionuclides (Dib Goswami, Washington). During the meeting, the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum met to determine its priority issues and next steps for the coming year. For copies of ITRC reports, click here. For more information about the 2010 Intergovernmental Meeting with DOE, see notes from ECOS consultant Dennis Pepe (to be posted Dec. 2010), or contact Matthew Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ECOS Webinar Held on Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
Archive Video Available for Viewing
The ECOS Federal Facilities Forum (FFF) held a webinar on Oct. 21 to discuss the Sept. 2010 ECOS Green Report, ’State Experiences with Natural Resource Damage Assessment [NRDA] at Nuclear Weapons Complex Sites.
Those who missed the webinar may watch a video of the event by clicking this link here. A copy of the program agenda is here.
The webinar focused primarily on NRDA at nuclear weapon sites, but other sites contaminated with hazardous substances were also discussed. A slideshow was presented by ECOS staff and consultants on the Green Report and its outline of the NRDA regulatory framework.
Slideshows were also presented by Carl Spreng (CO), Amy Bush (MO), Tom Schneider (OH),Debbie Duren (TN), Rachel Jacobson (US Interior Dept) and Larry Zaragoza (US EPA). Larry Goldstein (WA) and Matthew Duchesne (US Energy Dept) spoke to participants as well. In total, 25 state and federal officials attended the webinar. The list of participants - and their contact information is available here.
Given the patchwork of state and federal laws that control NRDA, the webinar provided an opportunity for members to share insights on the assessment process and lessons learned from experience. For some sites, it was revealed that assessments have already been undertaken, and restoration and compensation activities have occurred. For other sites, negotiations are ongoing or have not yet been initiated. Contact Matthew Jones (email@example.com) at 202-266-4925 with any questions.
Materials Available from 2010 ECOS Annual Meeting in Whitefield, NH
Agenda for Federal Facilities Forum in Whitefield, NH
Notes from Federal Facilities Forum in Whitefield, NH
Presentation on ITRC from Tom Burack in Whitefield, NH
Presentation on NRDA from Matt Jones in Whitefield, NH
ECOS Renews Resolution Supporting ECOS-DOD Collaborations
On Aug. 30, ECOS renewed resolution #07-11 "On Sustainability and the Department of Defense" (click here to view the resolution).
Dept. of Energy Thanks ECOS for Support of Environmental Management
Requests Fully Compliant Budget for FY 2011 Nuclear Weapon Cleanups
On April 26, Dr. Ines Triay, Assistance Secretary for Environmental Management (EM) at the U.S. Department of Energy, thanked ECOS for passing a policy resolution supporting their cleanup mission (see letter here). In the letter, Dr. Triay notes that her agency has requested a budget for FY 2011 that will allow full compliance with its obligations for cleaning up nuclear weapon sites across the nation, as ECOS has requested. On March 24, ECOS passed Resolution # 10-3: urging the Department to request fully funded, fully compliant annual budgets for the EM program. The resolution also urges Congress to appropriate the levels of funding necessary to ensure EM budgets are fully funded and fully compliant (see resolution here). This resolution was transmitted to EM on April 13 (see ECOS letter here).
U.S. EPA Considers Establishing New Committee on Federal Facilities
At the ECOS Spring Meeting on March 23, the Director of U.S. EPA's Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office, John Reeder, revealed that the agency is considering developing a new stakeholder committee to discuss federal facility cleanup issues (see notes from Sausalito meeting here):
EPA has not yet decided whether to convene the committee, or what precise issues it would focus on. ECOS recently contacted EPA to recommend that, if the committee is convened, the agency should invite at least one state official to have a seat at the table to represent state interests and to provide the state perspective. EPA indicated that it will keep this in mind as the agency decides whether and how to convene the committee. Co-Chairs of the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum and the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group have been notified of the possible opportunity. If given the opportunity, staff will work with these leaders to identify recommendations for state representative(s). Members can contact Matthew Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-266-4925 with any questions.
Materials from 2010 ECOS Spring Meeting Available
Agenda for FFF Session at Sausalito
Notes from FFF Session at Sausalito
List of Attendees at FFF Session at Sausalito
Handout on QAPPs from DOD OSD
Slideshow from Maureen Sullivan (DOD)
Handout on FUDS Forum from Maureen Sullivan (DOD)
Slideshow from William Levitan (DOE)
ECOS Passes Resolutions on DSMOA and Nuclear Site Cleanup Budgets
During the Cross-Media Committee plenary session on’March 24, 2010 at Sausalito, California, the ECOS membership passed the following policy resolutions (click links for resolution text):
DSMOA and Federal-State Collaboration
Cleanup Budgets for the Nuclear Weapons Complex
Presentations from 2009 ECOS Annual Meeting Available
Presentations made during the joint Federal Facilities Forum and ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group session on September 21, 2009 at the ECOS Annual Meeting are available at the links below:
DOE Natural Resource Damages Program - Matt Duchesne, DOE
Update on DOD Environmental Programs and Planning - John Conger, DOD
Advancing Environmental Solutions: DOD and ITRC - Shannon Cunniff, DOD
ECOS Passes Resolution Regarding Formerly Used Defense Sites
During the Cross-Media Committee plenary session on September 22, 2009, the ECOS membership passed the following policy resolution (click link for resolution text):
Department of Defense's Formerly Used Defense Sites Program Budget
Webinar Held to Discuss Onsite Disposal of Radioactive Waste
On June 1, the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum held a webinar to discuss the report: An Examination of the Use of Engineered Cells for Onsite Disposal of Radioactive Waste. The report highlights state considerations for hosting onsite radioactive waste disposal cells. Fifteen officials from seven states participated in the webinar, including: Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. The webinar featured slideshow presentations from Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Ms. Christine Gelles, Director of the Office of Disposal Operations, was also on hand to offer commentary and perspective from US DOE EM. For more information about the webinar, please contact Matthew Jones of ECOS at (202) 266-4925. Click here to see the agenda. For more information about the Washington state case study contained in the report, please contact Ron Skinnarland (Washington) at (509) 372-7924.
ECOS Passes Resolutions on Mercury and Federal Facility Cleanup Issues
During the Cross-Media Committee plenary session on March 23, 2009, the ECOS membership passed the following policy resolutions regarding mercury pollution and federal facility cleanup issues (click links for resolution texts):
Clarification of CERCLA Sovereign Immunity Waiver for Federal Facilities
Endorsement of the National Mercury Switch Recovery Program Memorandum of Agreement that Reduces Mercury in the Environment and Provides Flexibility to the States
Mercury Reduction, Stewardship, and Retirement
Available for Viewing: ECOS Webinar on DOE Nuclear Cleanup Budget Planning (Recording)
On December 3, ECOS held a web-based seminar ("webinar") on the topic of nuclear weapons complex cleanup budget planning. Ms. Merle Sykes (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Planning and Budgeting with the U.S. Department of Energy) presented a slideshow to ECOS Federal Facilities Forum members outlining the agency's annual budget planning process for its environmental management work. Numerous state officials from across the complex joined Ms. Sykes in a question-and-answer session following her presentation. Officials from several states attended the session (including IL, KY, MO, OH, SC, TN and WA).
To view a recording of the event, click this link, scroll down the resulting page, and click the "Playback" button.
US EPA Supports Renewed State/ Federal Munitions Response Dialogue
Through cooperative agreements, EPA is providing support to ECOS and ASTSWMO to support a renewed state/federal dialogue on munitions response issues. Funding provided to ECOS through the cooperative agreement will support expenses of the state members of the work group. A letter from EPA to DOD about this effort is available here.
The ECOS Federal Facilities Forum (FFF) provides a forum for dialogue between ECOS members and officials from various federal agencies tasked with environmental management duties at various federal facilities (many state environmental agencies have staff dedicated to negotiating and overseeing pollution cleanup activities undertaken by various federal agencies at various federal facilities). The FFF affords state and federal environmental management officials the opportunity to interact, share information, learn from each others' expertise, and work together to negotiate various technical and political issues related to the cleanup of various polluted federal sites.
In addition to this, ECOS tries to monitor breaking news related to environmental cleanup negotiations regarding federal facilities as well as the release of new policy or technical documents relevant to this field, and ECOS frequently passes this news and information on to FFF members, and periodically conducts meetings or trainings on related topics for their benefit as well.
The Federal Facilities Forum was created in the Spring of 2004 by combining two (2) predecessor ECOS subgroups, the DOE Forum and the DOD Forum. Historically, and currently, the FFF has had a strong partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and ECOS members' participation in the FFF has largely involved a collaboration with DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) officials to oversee and continue a dialogue regarding the activites these officails are responsible for performing, including decommissioning, cleaning up, and restoring various sites within the nuclear weapons complex (the FFF is currently supported in part by a grant from the DOE). Many states have an interest in these activities and have negotiated and secured oversight authority to monitor DOE EM's cleanup efforts for such sites as allowed for under various federal laws, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) (also known as the "Superfund law"). Despite this current focus, the FFF is open to accomodate opportunities for interaction between state officials and environmental management officials from other federal agencies besides DOE, including:
- U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- U.S. Department of Interior (DOI)
- U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Indeed, the FFF often holds meetings in conjunction with the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group in order to maximize resources and syncronize opportunities for dialogue around issues of mutual interest to both state officials and officials from DOE and DOD. Past FFF events have already played host to officials from the EPA as well. ECOS members appreciate opportunities for interaction with their federal partners, and ECOS welcomes ideas for any such interaction for the future. Now, and into the future, ECOS seeks to continue to build and maintain strong relationships with federal agencies tasked with performing environmental management duties at various federal facilities so that states can continue to oversee and ensure that such facilities are managed in a manner which safeguards human health and the environment.
The Federal Facilities Forum is currently chaired by Colleen Cripps(Administrator, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection). The FFF Staff Liaison is Matt Jones (ECOS). Persons wishing to learn more about the Federal Facilities Forum may contact Matt Jones at email@example.com.
The Federal Facilities Forum is a subgroup of the ECOS Cross-Media Committee and reports directly to the Cross-Media Committee regarding its activities and policy position suggestions.
The Federal Facilities Forum usually meets at least twice a year-- convening a session at both the ECOS Spring Meeting and the ECOS Annual Meeting (in late summer or early fall). The FFF also holds periodic conference calls in order for members to share news and information, and to coordinate the group's future activities. In addition to this, the FFF also participates in periodic outreach meetings and conference calls with DOE's Combined Intergovernmental Working Group (CIWG). ECOS' representatives to the CIWG are: Colleen Cripps (Nevada DEP) and Michelle Wilson (South Carolina DHEC). State officials interested in joining the FFF are encouraged to contact Matt Jones firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In 2011, FFF members will continue to participate in the Combined Intergovernmental Working Group (CIWG), a forum between DOE EM and various intergovernmental associations established to encourage year-round communication between these groups regarding the status of cleanup efforts at nuclear weapons complex sites. These discussions usually center on federal-state cleanup agreement negotiations, and the changing political, technological, and budgetary issues that accompany such negotiations year to year. Currently, Colleen Cripps (Nevada DEP) and Michelle Wilson (South Carolina DHEC) serve as ECOS' representatives to the CIWG.
In 2011, FFF members will meet during the ECOS Spring Meeting on March 28 and at the ECOS Annual Meeting in late September. See the following website for more information: http://www.ecos.org/section/events
The FFF plans to conduct a tour of the Nevada National Security Site in April 2011. Contact Matt Jones for more information email@example.com.
Periodically, ECOS will publish reports regarding federal facility cleanup issues. No reports are currently planned for 2011, but future reports are possible, and ECOS is open to ideas for new reports from members. Recent reports include:
State Experiences with Natural Resource Damage Assessment at Nuclear Weapons Complex Sites (Sept. 2010)
An Examination of the Use of Engineered Cells for Onsite Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Jan. 2009)
In 2011, the FFF plans to provide webinars to its members on technical, budgetary, and political topics related to the cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. No webinars are scheduled for 2011, but ECOS is open to ideas for new webinars from its members. Information about past webinars is available elsewhere on this webpage.
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2009 ECOS Spring Meeting
On March 22, 2009, the Federal Facilities Forum met in joint session with the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group (SWG) as part of the 2009 ECOS Spring Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. Click on the following links for more information:
AGENDA for FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting-- March 22, 2009
NOTES from the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting-- March 22, 2009
PRESENTATION by Maureen Sullivan to the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG-- March 22, 2009
PRESENTATION by William Levitan to the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG-- March 22, 2009
2008 U.S. DOE Intergovernmental Meeting
ECOS sent a contingency of members and staff to attend the Intergovernmental Meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM) November 12- 14, 2008 in Snowbird, Utah.
This meeting afforded an excellent opportunity for members and their staff to meet with DOE EM officials, and their professional counterparts in other states to share information and talk about issues of concern to them. Several top-level DOE EM officials attended the meeting to discuss program budgeting, waste disposition, and the agency's plans for transitioning site cleanup work under the upcoming Obama Administration. The ECOS Federal Facilities Forum also held states-only side meetings as part of this broader meeting event, so members could have a chance to interact and collaborate.
2008 ECOS Annual Meeting
On September 21, 2008, the Federal Facilities Forum met in joint session with the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group (SWG) as part of the 2008 ECOS Annual Meeting in Branson, Missouri. Click on the following links for more information:
AGENDA for FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting-- Sept. 21, 2008
NOTES from the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting-- Sept. 21, 2008
PRESENTATION by James J. Fiore to the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG-- Sept. 21, 2008
2008 ECOS Spring Meeting
On April 14, 2008, the Federal Facilities Forum met in joint session with the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group (SWG) as part of the 2008 ECOS Spring Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Click on the following links for more information:
AGENDA for FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting April 14, 2008
NOTES from the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting April 14, 2008
PRESENTATION by Karen C. Guevara to the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG April 14, 2008
Energy Communities Alliance Annual Conference
The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) will hold its annual conference on February 21-22, 2008 in Washington, DC. At the meeting, members of Congress, committee staff members, and DOE officials will be invited to share their perspectives on important Department of Energy issues including Presidential politics, changes in Congress, FY09 appropriations for the Department of Energy, the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), integration of DOE missions with cleanup at sites, environmental cleanup, waste disposition and more. If you would like more information about this meeting visit ECA's website at www.energyca.org.
DOE Environmental Management Engineering and Technology Update - October 2007
In October 2007, DOE published this update on the activities and accomplishments of their Office of Engineering and Technology.
Environmental Management Engineering and Technology Update - October 2007
2007 DOE Intergovernmental Meeting
On October 17-18 in Snowbird, Utah, five national intergovernmental groups that work closely with the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management met with the U.S. Department of Energy on issues related to the cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. The meeting included both presentations and small group breakout sessions. Below are links to the three main presentations made by the Office of Environmental Management. More information on recommendations for action from the breakout sessions will be posted here as it becomes available.
Presentation by Ines Triay - State of the Office of Environmental Management
Presentation by Frank Marcinowski - Update on the National Waste Disposition Strategy
Presentation by Cynthia Rheaume - DOE Budget Overview
2007 ECOS Annual Meeting
The Federal Facilities Forum held a joint session with the ECOS-DoD Sustainability Work Group at the 2007 ECOS Annual Meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho on September 16. The major activities of the meeting included an update on the activities and products of the ECOS-DoD Sustainability Work Group, a presentation from DOE on the Roadmap for Cleanup, and a discussion of DSMOA issues. More information from the session can be found below.
Notes from Joint Federal Facilities Forum and ECOS-DoD Sustainability Work Group session
Presentation on DOE's Roadmap for Cleanup by Vince Adams of DOE's Office of Environmental Management
Presentation on DSMOA Issues by Jennifer Roberts of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Defense-State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA)
As a result of some apparent changes in interpretation of DSMOA policy, in April 2007, ECOS passed a resolution to pursue work with DoD and Congress to address these changes. To pursue this issue with DoD, ECOS sent a letter to Philip Grone, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, on April 25, 2007 asking for clarification of the changes they have made in interpreting DSMOA policy. On July 23, 2007, ECOS received response letter from DoD clarifying their position.
Resolution 07-6: DSMOA and Federal-State Collaboration
Letter from ECOS to DoD asking for clarification on DSMOA policy
Reponse letter from DoD to ECOS on DSMOA policy
Joint ECOS-ASTSWMO letter regarding association's DERA eligibility
EIS for Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste
On July 23, 2007, the Department of Energy issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for the disposal of Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste. DOE is proposing to evaluate alternatives for disposal in a geologic repository, in intermediate depth boreholes, and in enhanced near surface facilities. Locations that are being considered for storage include the Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the Nevada Test Site, Yucca Mountain, the Savannah River Site, Oak Ridge Reservation, and the Hanford Site, as well as commercial facilities. Written comments on the Notice of Intent are being accepted until September 21, 2007.
In addition to accepting written comments, a series of public scoping meetings are being held in August and September. To read the full Notice of Intent, to view the list of public scoping meetings, to submit comments, or to learn more about DOE's Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste EIS, visit the DOE webpage dedicated to this.
Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste EIS Information Center
DOE-EM Five-Year Plan
The Department of Energy's Environmental Management Office (DOE-EM) has published its five-year plan for fiscal years 2008-2012.
Office of Environmental Management Five-Year Plan FY 2008-2012
DOE Draft Engineering and Technology Roadmap
The Department of Energy's Environmental Management Office (DOE-EM) has published a draft Roadmap for Engineering and Technology that identifies technology gaps that exist in the current program and contains a strategy to address those gaps. These gaps affect DOE-EM’s efforts to clean up their sites. The roadmap and strategy is divided into three areas: Waste Processing, Groundwater and Soil Remediation, and Deactivation and Decommissioning/Facility Engineering. If you have comments on this document, please send them to Carolyn Hanson by June 15, 2007 so they can be compiled into a set of comments from ECOS.
Draft Engineering and Technology Roadmap
Cover Letter for Draft Engineering and Technology Roadmap
Environmental Management Engineering and Technology Brochure
Long-Term Stewardship Roundtable & Training
On April 4-5, 250 people representing 42 states, EPA, local governments and other groups met at the 2007 LTS Roundtable and Training to discuss issues related to long-term stewardship (LTS) and institutional controls. In plenary sessions, participants heard a panel discussion on roles and responsibilities related to LTS and presentations by several companies that offer products that can address data availability and collatoration challenge related to institutional controls. In breakout sessions, attendees had the opportunity to learn about and discuss isues related to financing and costing of LTS; LTS data exchange; LTS and institutional controls tools; optimization; partnerships, roles, and responsibilities; and tracking, implementation, monitoring , and enforcement. Numerouse state representatives made presentations based on experience in their agencies. Copies of the presentations are available on the CLU-In website.
DOE's Proposed 2008 Budget for Office of Environmental Management
On February 5, DOE released the President’s proposed budget for the department for 2008. While the department's overall proposed budget reflects an increase of 3% over the 2007 request, the proposed budget for the Office of Environmental Management reflects a 3% decrease below the 2007 request. The largest cut was related to Defense Environmental Cleanup Closure Sites under which the cleanup at several sites including Rocky Flat, Fernald, and Columbus have been completed and transferred to the Office of Legacy Management. The proposed budget also reflects significant budget cuts for most of the Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup Sites such as the West Valley demonstration project in New York, and the gaseous diffusion plants in Portsmouth, Ohio and Paducah, Kentucky. Some sites including Savannah River, Hanford, and Oak Ridge Reservation saw budget increases. According to Assistant Secretary Rispoli, the budget reflects the Office of Environmental Management's focus on safe, cost-effective prioritized risk reduction and cleanup. The full DOE budget request, the budget request for the Office of Environmental Management, and budget rollout presentations by Secretary Bodman and Assistant Secretary Rispoli can be found at: http://www.em.doe.gov/Pages/budgetdocs.aspx. Or follow the links below to specific parts of the budget.
DOD's Efforts Related to Unexploded Ordnance Safety
A January 2007 letter from Alex Beehler, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, briefly describes DoD efforts to educate the public on the hazards of unexploded ordnance (UXO).
2006 Intergovernmental Meeting with DOE
Representatives of ECOS, the National Governors Assocation Federal Facilities Task Force, the National Association of Attorneys General, the Energy Communities Alliance, and the State and Tribal Government Working Group met with the Department of Energy on November 29-30 in Arlington, Virginia. At the meeting the groups and DOE shared information related to: DOE's performance-based project management, the current status of Yucca Mountain legislation, DOE's waste disposition strategy, long-term stewardship, DOE's budget, natural resource damage assessment, and the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP). In breakout groups, the participants discussed how to improve decision-making, communication, and consultation between DOE and the various groups and their members. Below are links to some of the presentations that were made.
DOE's Waste Information Management System
As part of its work to address disposition of waste at its sites, DOE has created WIMS. WIMS allows users to visualize and understand the volumes, categories, and problems of forecasted waste streams. WIMS can be accessed at the link below:
2006 Annual Meeting
Notes from the joint meeting of the Federal Facilities Forum and the ECOS-DoD Sustainability Work Group at the 2006 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon are available here.
The presentation by Shannon Cunniff of DoD on DoD's work related to emerging contaminants can be found here.
The presentation by Bill Ross of North Carolina that provided an update on the activities of the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) can be found here.
2005 Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy
Representatives of ECOS, the National Governors Assocation Federal Facilities Task Force, the National Association of Attorneys General, the Energy Communities Alliance, and the State and Tribal Government Working Group met with the Department of Energy on November 9-10 in Washington, DC. At the meeting, the groups and DOE shared information on their activities related to long-term stewardship, natural resources damanges assessment, DOE's End States Initiative, and DOE's new waste disposition strategy. Copies of the presentations made at the meeting can be accessed on the National Governors Association Federal Facilities Task Force website.
2005 Annual Meeting
Notes from the Federal Facilities Forum at the 2005 Annual Meeting in Kennebunkport, Maine are available here.
The presentation by Cliff Rothenstein and Mark Barolo of EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks on USTs and the 2005 Energy Bill can be found here.
A summary of the 2005 Energy Bill created for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) can be accessed here.
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