The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Proposed Plan for public comment on September 7, 2018. DOE will continue to receive citizen comments regarding the proposed plan until Jan. 9, 2019. The previous deadline for comments was Dec. 10, 2018.
At the request of the Sierra Club, the public was invited to join representatives from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for informal discussions about the proposed facility at the TDEC office in Oak Ridge on October 11, 2018. A fact sheet and presentations from the meeting are available for your review.
On November 7, 2018, the DOE hosted a public hearing about plans for the proposed new mixed-waste landfill in Oak Ridge. DOE presented information about the Proposed Plan and provided an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposal. The November 7, 2018 meeting transcript is available for review.
The documents listed below provide background information to assist the public in understanding DOE's Proposed Plan for the Environmental Management Disposal Facility (EMDF).
Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study (RI/FS)
Informal Draft 0 (D0) Focused Feasibility Study, September 2011 - DOE provided the D0 report as an informal draft. It is not posted here because it was not subject to the document review protocols specified in the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA). TDEC provided informal comments to DOE via email. DOE, EPA, and TDEC met multiple times during 2011-2012 and were unable to resolve comments on the informal D0 report.
At this stage of the project, DOE called the proposed landfill the "CERCLA Disposal Facility (CDF)".
EPA Comments, January 2013
DOE Responses, June 2013 (see page 630 of 675)
TDEC Comments, February 2013
DOE Responses, June 2013 (see page 656 of 675)
DOE, EPA, and TDEC met multiple times during 2012-2013 and were unable to resolve comments on the D1 report.
EPA Comments, August 15, 2013
TDEC Comments, July 15, 2013
TDEC Comments, September 9, 2013
DOE, EPA, and TDEC met multiple times during 2013-2014 and were unable to resolve comments on the D2 report.
EPA Comments, August 6, 2015 [refers to D3 as D1 per agreement with DOE]
DOE Responses, March 2016 (see page 1264 of 1352)
TDEC Comments, August 6, 2015
DOE Responses, March 2016 (see page 1297 of 1352)
DOE, EPA, and TDEC met multiple times during 2015-2016 and were unable to resolve comments on the D3 report.
D4 Erratum, March 23, 2016
TDEC Letter, March 10, 2016 - DOE’s proposed evaluation of mercury in-cell macroencapsulation should not be in the D4 RI/FS report.
EPA Comments, May 20, 2016
DOE Responses, February 2017 (see page 897 of 932)
TDEC Comments, May 16, 2016
DOE Responses, February 2017 (see page 917 of 932)
TDEC Letter, June 17, 2016 - Response to DOE questions on EMDF
DOE Letter, July 7, 2016 - DOE committed to independent CERCLA and DOE Order processes
TDEC Positions, August 24, 2016 - TDEC Positions on DOE Responses
TDEC Letter, August 24, 2016 - TDEC Proposed Path Forward
EPA/TDEC Letter, December 9, 2016 - EPA/TDEC Positions, per DOE Request
DOE Letter, December 20, 2016 - Proposed Dispute Resolution Agreement (DRA) . The DRA was not accepted by EPA or TDEC
EPA Letter, January 6, 2017
TDEC Letter, January 13, 2017 - DOE, EPA, and TDEC met multiple times during Summer/Fall 2016 and were unable to resolve comments on the D4 report, including issues that persisted through the D0, D1, D2, D3, and D4 draft reports.
EPA National Remedy Review Board Recommendations, April 4, 2017
TDEC Comments, April 21, 2017
DOE Responses, July 18, 2017
DOE Formal Dispute, May 2017- DOE invoked formal dispute over D5 RI/FS & remedy selection process
EPA Letter, June 21, 2017
DOE Formal Dispute Elevation - DOE elevated formal dispute to Senior Executive Committee (SEC)
EPA/TDEC Letter, July 2017 - Dispute Position
Dispute Resolution Agreement (DRA), December 7, 2017 - All three parties signed a Dispute Resolution Agreement (DRA) on December 7, 2017 agreeing to a path forward that allowed DOE to release a Proposed Plan for public comment based on DOE commitments to meet terms and conditions of the DRA.
D5 “Errata” pages, January 11, 2018
TDEC Comments, January 23, 2018
Limited Phase 1 Site Characterization Plan
for East Bear Creek Valley (EBCV) Site (Site 5)
Revision 1 (Rev. 1), October 22, 2013
TDEC Approval, November 27, 2013
EPA Comments, December 19, 2013
Phase 1 Field Sampling Plan (FSP)
for Central Bear Creek Valley (CBCV) Site 7c
EPA/TDEC Statement of Work (SOW), August 8, 2017 - Draft proposal for DOE to evaluate site conditions and siting requirements; incorporated in the December 7, 2017, Dispute Resolution Agreement (DRA) for the D5 RI/FS.
TDEC Approval, November 9, 2017
EPA Approval, November 8, 2017
On December 7, 2017, the Dispute Resolution Agreement (DRA) for the D5 RI/FS stated that the Proposed Plan will include a TDEC/EPA approved Field Sampling Plan (FSP) as an appendix.
In accordance with the August 2017 SOW, which highlighted the need for data collection during the winter of 2017-2018, DOE prepared the D1 FSP in August 2017. DOE transmitted the D1 FSP to EPA and TDEC for review in October 2017. TDEC and EPA approved the D1 FSP in November 2017 to expedite data collection during the winter of 2017-2018. DOE revised the approved FSP from December 2017 through April 2018.
Draft 2 (D2), December 20, 2017
TDEC Comments, January 16, 2018
EPA Comments, March 21, 2018
D2 Errata Pages, April 26, 2018
TDEC Approval, May 7, 2018
EPA Approval, May 7, 2018
Technical Memorandum 1 (TM-1), July 2018 - DOE presents CBCV Site 7c data from part of March and April 2018.
TDEC Comments, July 26, 2018
EPA Comments, August 16, 2018
TDEC and EPA comments are based on a “pre-published” version that DOE transmitted on July 5, 2017. DOE provided associated data in electronic format on June 14, 2018.
Focused Feasibility Study (FFS) for Water Management
TDEC Comments, August 20, 2015
EPA Comments, July 31, 2015
TDEC Informal Dispute, March 31, 2016
EPA Informal Dispute, April 1, 2016
TDEC Letter, August 24, 2016
EPA Letter, July 7, 2016
TDEC Informal Dispute, July 6, 2018
DOE Formal Dispute, July 20, 2018
TDEC Formal Dispute, July 30, 2018
EPA Informal Dispute, July 10, 2018
Dispute Resolution Agreement (DRA), September 5, 2018 - DOE, EPA, and TDEC signed a Dispute Resolution Agreement (DRA) on September 5, 2018 agreeing that the Proposed Plan is approved for issuance and public comment and acknowledging resolution of the Formal Dispute regarding the Proposed Plan.
Public hearing transcript, November 7, 2018 - DOE hosted a public hearing to present information about the Proposed Plan and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposal.
Oak Ridge City Council Working Group meeting, November 27, 2018 – The city invited a DOE representative to present additional information and answer questions from City Council members about the Proposed Plan. A video of this meeting has been posted by the city.
Anderson County Commission meeting, December 3, 2018 – Citizens asked the Anderson County Commission to request a 90-day extension of the public comment period for the Proposed Plan. Commissioners passed such a resolution, and the DOE subsequently granted a 30-day extension through January 9, 2019. The County posted a video. Discussion of the proposed EMDF is during the following time segment (approximately): 00:34:00 – 01:00:45.
Anderson County Commission meeting, December 17, 2018 – Anderson County invited a DOE representative to present information about the Proposed Plan. The County posted a video. Discussion of the proposed EMDF is during the following time segments (approximately):
· 00:07:30 - 00:38:00 DOE Presentation
· 00:50:00 - 01:08:00 Citizen Input
· 02:48:30 - 02:59:00 Commissioner Discussion & Vote to Host a Workshop on January 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm at the Anderson County Courthouse (Room 312)
Anderson County Commission / Operations Committee meeting, January 14, 2019 – DOE’s proposed EMDF landfill was discussed by Anderson County Commissioners, citizens, representatives of the City of Oak Ridge, the Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board, and TDEC. The County posted a video. This meeting followed a January 7, 2019 Commission workshop to hear input from the public. Discussion of the proposed EMDF is during the following time segment (approximately): 00:07:00-00:43:45.
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