The Savannah River Site's Citizen Advisory Board – or CAB – is canceling two upcoming committee meetings, a result of the current federal government shutdown.


The board is canceling its Oct. 8 meetings of its Facilities Disposition & Site Remediation committee and the Strategic & Legacy Management committee.


“I got both an email and a call today,” CAB Chairman Don Bridges said on Wednesday. “The Savannah River Operations Office indicated that funding is not yet established for the fiscal year for the CAB. Essentially, what they said is we are presently unfunded and a committee meeting such as this will require some funds.”


The Facilities Disposition & Site Remediation committee addresses the remediation of contaminated soil, groundwater and surface water. The committee also deals with issues related to the Federal Facility Agreement, risk management/assessment, the regulatory process and other issues pertaining to environmental restoration.


“The CAB is chartered, sponsored and fully funded by Environmental Management in DOE HQ; we depend on DOE fully,” Bridges added. “We will resume activities as soon as the budget picture is firmed up.”


As of now, it is uncertain whether the CAB's Oct. 22 Nuclear Materials and Waste Management committee meetings will continue as scheduled.


Questions or concerns should be directed to the CAB Support Team at 803-952-7884 or 1-800-249-8155. Inquiries can also be emailed to CAB at srscitizensadvisoryboard@srs.gov.


Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.