Advisory board wants information on SRS funding lapse

The board that follows the Savannah River Site is still seeking information on the effects of the Site's lapse in appropriations during November's government shutdown.

The SRS Citizens Advisory Board – or CAB – will vote on submitting a letter to the Department of Energy asking for a presentation on the lapse.

Voting will take place during the bimonthly CAB meeting scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Augusta.

Rose Hayes, the chair for the CAB's Nuclear Materials Committee, said the presentation was slated for a committee meeting in November; however, the presentation was canceled days before the meeting.

“It was the feeling of the board that if that presentation was given, we would have had more information that would prompt us to ask more questions,” Hayes said. “We also felt that if we had more information, it would assist us in offering recommendations in the future.”

Also listed on the CAB's agenda is a vote recommending a presentation on SRS' process for considering new missions.

CAB Chair Don Bridges said the vote will include a recommendation for the Site to keep CAB informed of new missions.

As an example, Bridges cited recent news of the highly enriched uranium that is expected to come to SRS from Canada this year.

“We want to know the process for determining which new materials come to SRS and what missions the Site decides to take on,” Bridges said. “We would also like to be informed on these missions as they occur.”

Other recommendations that could possibly receive votes include a recommendation for DOE to fund an independent environmental monitoring system for the Georgia side of the Site.

The CAB meeting is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in the Willow Room of the Hilton Garden Inn in Augusta. The hotel is located at 1065 Steven Creeks Road, Augusta.

On Monday, the meeting will run from 1 to 5 p.m. On Tuesday, the meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The meetings will include public comment opportunities throughout the day.

Derrek Asberry is a reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.

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