Board seeks answers on SRS waste shipments
Marilyn Parson, the chair of the Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory Board, said the board will be looking for updates on how SRS waste shipments have been affected by recent accidents at a plant in New Mexico during next week's bimonthly meeting.
The advisory board, or CAB, will discuss how the recent accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, will affect shipments of transuranic waste that are scheduled to leave SRS for the WIPP in Carlsbad, N.M.
“As you know, there have been two accidents there recently, one of which resulted in a radiological release and worker exposure,” Parson said. “I had asked (the Department of Energy) to provide an update to the CAB on the situation and the impact it might have on future shipments to WIPP from SRS.”
Parson said she is expecting that update on the second and final day of the CAB meeting.
The meeting will be held on Monday and Tuesday at the Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway in Augusta.
On Monday, the meeting will run from 1 to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, the meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Department of Energy representative David Moody is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, which is when Parson expects participants to ask for WIPP updates.
“There won't be a presentation by DOE per se, but Dr. Moody will certainly be asked about it during his update on the second day of the meeting,” she said.
The meeting will include several other updates on SRS missions, but there are no listed recommendations on the agenda at this time.
Parson added that recent MOX news has been a concern to the CAB and local residents; however, the issue is out of the purview of the CAB, since the MOX facility is not an environmental management mission.
“The CAB is not in a position to make a formal recommendation about it,” she said. “However, we receive updates on MOX each year.”
Both days of the CAB meeting include public comment opportunities, and residents are encouraged to attend.
Derrek Asberry is a beat 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.