Local officials with the Savannah River Site will address impacts of the fiscal year 2014 federal budget on the Department of Energy facility during a community forum this week.


The forum will be held Thursday in the Aiken Technical College Amphitheater from 9 to 11 a.m., and is co-sponsored by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization. Aiken Tech is located at 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway in Graniteville. The public is invited to attend.


“The purpose is for DOE-SR officials to discuss the FY14 president's budget request for DOE's Office of Environmental Management and the EM (environmental management) goals for FY15 at SRS,” said James R. Giusti, director of the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site Office Of External Affairs. “What we have accomplished at SRS, and what the budget will allow us to accomplish, will also be discussed.”


The forum will be led by two SRS representatives: Dr. David Moody, manager of the Savannah River Site, and Douglas Hintze, acting chief financial officer.


Together, the two will talk about various issues including SRS accomplishments for fiscal year 2012, sequestration and continuing resolution impacts, reprogramming, fiscal year 2014 environmental management budget impacts and goals for fiscal year 2015. In addition, they will also discuss how the federal budget process works.


“We hope this will become an annual event for DOE-SR and the Reuse Organization around late February or early March, after the president releases the budget,“ Giusti added.


In a recently updated list, the Department outlined several goals planned for fiscal year 2014, many of which are expected to be discussed during the forum. These include:


• Continue closure activities for Tanks 5 and 6.


• Process one million gallons of salt tank waste and dispose over two million gallons of low-activity waste onsite in the Saltstone Disposal Units.


• Continue construction of the Salt Waste Processing Facility.


• Continue disposition of site's contact-handled legacy transuranic waste.


• Continue processing of low-level and mixed low-level radioactive waste and disposal operations in E Area.


For more information, call 803-508-7401.