Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - DOE Oversight Division. Status Report to the Public - December 1999 Page: 11 of 72
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significant milestones have been achieved. DOE has recently come to an agree-
ment with the State on how to ensure adequate funding for long-term care of the
planned on-site Environmental Management Waste Management Facility.
However, many challenges remain-predictably, these are the most difficult to
address. They include:
/ Providing sufficient resources for long-term control and monitor-
ing-or "stewardship"-of contamination left on the ORR;
/ Coming to key decisions on how to address widespread ground-
water contamination and the disposition of burial
grounds that contain extremely long-lived Many challenges
/ Finding an appropriate disposal option for the predictably, these
huge inventory of low-level waste stored on the most difficult to
ORR as well as for the types of cleanup wastes
that will be ineligible for disposal in the
Environmental Management Waste Management Facility;
/ Ensuring that the State of Tennessee will be treated equitably
when the burdens of waste treatment and disposal are decided at
the national level;
/ Balancing the desire to reindustrialize ETTP with the need to
decontaminate facilities and clean up significant problems at this
/ Verifying that tools, metals, and other assets released into the pub-
lic sector are appropriately decontaminated;
/ Resolving health and safety questions raised by DOE and contrac-
tor workers and by area residents; and
/ Providing adequate, long-term level funding for Environmental
Management at ORO in the face of federal budget restrictions and
commensurate with the severity of its contamination problems.
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