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falls, DOE reported to the State and EPA that several activities it had committed
to in the FFA would not be completed as scheduled. After seriously discussing
the issues and turning to the FFA dispute resolution process, the agencies agreed
on a path forward. DOE ORO would request that funds be reprogrammed from
the agency's Washington Headquarters to allow it to meet its fiscal year 1999
cleanup obligations at Oak Ridge. To date, the request has been made and all
parties are awaiting notice of approval. Lack of approval will have a significant
impact on DOE's ability to carry out its obligations under CERCLA and the
Funding shortfalls in fiscal 1998 led in part to a missed Federal Facility
Agreement milestone for the Bethel Valley Main Plant Tanks removal action. As
a result of this missed milestone, the State of Tennessee and EPA have assessed
penalties against DOE in fiscal 1999 as provided for in the Oak Ridge Federal
Long Term Stewardship Obligations
After several years of intense work by the FFA parties and a thorough review
by the Oak Ridge End Use Working Group, it has become clear that, even with
the best efforts of DOE and regulators, some hazardous substances will remain
on the ORR for many years to come. These substances carry a long-term risk to
both human health and the environment unless proper institutional and active
care is assured. In order to provide adequately for this assurance, the State of
Tennessee has requested that DOE establish a "Stewardship Trust Fund." The
Division expects this fund to remain in trust, assuring that future funding will
always be available. If DOE does not clean the site to a level that allows for
unrestricted use, funding for long-term care will be absolutely necessary. It is
Tennessee's opinion that this assurance should not rely entirely on annual appro-
priations by Congress. This issue remains to be resolved between the State and
DOE, and it will have a significant impact on future cleanup decisions.
Oak Ridge Environmental Management
Waste Management Facility
Cleanup on the Oak Ridge Reservation produces large volumes of contaminat-
ed waste; the management of this waste is a formidable disposal problem.
Historically, there have been two options: package and ship the waste to out-of-
state locations, or leave it where it is. In some cases, neither of these options is
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