Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - DOE Oversight Division. Status Report to the Public - December 1999 Page: 67 of 72
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cleanup with efforts to reindustrialize the site with private industry. DOE must
develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan that will ensure that reindustrial-
ization and other activities do not interfere with or delay CERCLA cleanup needs.
It is important for the plan to recognize the fact that, in several respects, the ETTP
site does not now meet standards suitable for unrestricted industrial use.
Free Release of Materials
Many of DOE's contractors have undertaken projects that result in the release
of tools, metals, and other assets from the complex; in some cases, these projects
are part of a barter arrangement in lieu of a fee. The potential for release of
radioactively contaminated materials is a major concern. The Independent
Verification Organization (IVO) was developed by DOE
to assure that the myriad of corporations serving as con-
tractors to the agency follow acceptable guidelines in
releasing such materials from DOE facilities. Currently,
the IVO is overseeing the $200 million British Nuclear
Fuels Ltd. (BNFL) contract at ETTP, along with assort-
ed other contracts on the Oak Ridge Reservation.
Decontaminating and decommissioning an enormous
gaseous diffusion plant and all associated process mate-
rials is a significant undertaking. Completing this effort
without accidentally releasing radioactive materials to
the general public is the challenge to be met. The DOE
materials to the general
public is the challenge to
Oversight Division oversees the IVO by observing self audits, by participating in
monthly walk-through inspections with DOE, and by reviewing and providing
comments on radioactive material release procedures used by BNFL, Bechtel
Jacobs Company, and the IVO.
The Division's monitoring efforts, both on the Reservation and in the greater
area surrounding the ORR, attempt to identify the potential exposure pathways to
nearby, distant or downstream residents. The Division monitors known pathways
and to date has found none that pose a significant hazard to the public. Despite
these results, the community continues to express concerns about both on- and
off-site releases. A major challenge in years to come will be for DOE, with assis-
tance from other federal agencies and the State, to resolve health and safety
issues for its workers and area residents.
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