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 the Oct. 22 meetings of its Nuclear Materials and the Waste Management committees.

The cancellation comes after the Department of Energy confirmed plans to make a presentation about the Vault 4 leakage to the Savannah River Site. SRS identified the leakage in February. Department officials stated the problem stems from cracks in the roof of the vault.

“When possible, every effort will be made to reschedule these meetings,” CAB officials stated in an email announcement.

The Nuclear Materials committee studies issues involving nuclear materials (generally uranium and plutonium) that have an impact on SRS activities. It addresses the consolidation, storage and disposition issues related to the legacy materials that were once part of the nuclear weapons production cycle.

The Waste Management committee reviews the management, treatment, storage and disposition of radioactive wastes. These include transuranic waste, low-level waste, mixed low-level waste and radioactive liquid waste. The committee also provides advice and recommendations to DOE on these activities.

The CAB was forced to cancel its Facilities Disposition & Site Remediation committee and the Strategic & Legacy Management committee meetings last week.

The next meeting on the CAB's schedule is its bimonthly full board meeting slated for Nov. 18-19. Barring any changes, it will be held at the Double Tree, located at 2651 Perimeter Parkway in Augusta.

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.