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July 13, 2013
2013 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program

The Board of Directors of the National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. held the 2013 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program in Washington, DC, April 3 through 5, 2013. Sponsors included the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Howard University School of Law, industry, and academia.

July 12, 2013
Lakeview GCAP Acceptance

The Lakeview, Oregon, Processing Site’s groundwater compliance action plan (GCAP) received U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) concurrence last month. This makes Lakeview the first Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) of 1978, as amended, Title I site where a finalized GCAP has selected a “no remediation” compliance strategy because concentration limits for regulated constituents have been met.

July 12, 2013
Electronic Equipment Donated to Elementary Schools on Hopi Reservation

Title 41 Code of Federal Regulations Part 102-36, “Disposition of Excess Personal Property,” requires the federal government to reuse equipment and tools by donating excess personal property, selling surplus personal property, or disposing of personal property that no longer has any value because of conditions beyond repair. The effective disposal of government personal property is one of the most important phases in the Federal Personal Property Management Program.

July 12, 2013
Blue Star Memorial By-Way Dedication: Weldon Spring Interpretive Center

Since 2003, the Lewis and Clark Garden Club (LCGC) of St. Charles County, Missouri, has held their monthly meetings in the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center (WSIC). The LCGC has 22 active members and takes care of 2 garden beds at the WSIC Native Plant Educational Garden under the site’s Adopt-A-Garden program. In 2010 the LCGC contacted the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), seeking approval to install a Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker as a tribute to the nation’s armed forces (see bottom of page for a history of the Blue Star Memorials).

July 12, 2013
Next Generation (NextGen) Geospatial Information System (GIS)

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) manages environmental records from Cold War legacy sites spanning nearly 40 years. These records are a key LM asset and must be managed and maintained efficiently and effectively. There are over 16 different applications that support the databases containing environmental and geospatial information. The current applications, respective systems, and processes require upgrades to effectively operate in the future.

July 12, 2013
State and Tribal Government Working Group Visits the Fernald Preserve

On June 4 and 5, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) hosted the State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) at the Fernald Preserve in Ohio. This group—which receives support from the National Conference of State Legislatures—helps ensure that DOE facilities and sites are operated and cleaned up in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and tribal rights. This was the STGWG’s third visit to an LM site. In prior years the group visited Weldon Spring, Missouri, and Rocky Flats, Colorado.

July 12, 2013
LM Progressing with Uranium Mines Report to Congress

As reported in an earlier Program Update newsletter, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) is compiling data for a Report to Congress on defense-related uranium mines. DOE was directed by the U.S. Congress in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act to undertake a review of, and prepare a report on, abandoned uranium mines (AUM) in the U.S. that provided ore for atomic energy defense activities. The report must be completed by July 2014.

April 18, 2013
LM Discusses Management of LTS&M Records

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management’s (LM) efforts to maintain long-term surveillance and maintenance (LTS&M) records were highlighted during the 2013 Waste Management Symposia held February 24 through 28, in Phoenix, Arizona.

April 17, 2013
Subcontractor personnel install solar panels and other infrastructure on a 40-foot conex box that houses the batteries and control equipment for the 6 kilowatt photovoltaic system that powers the ETPTS groundwater treatment system.
Rocky Flats Site Expands Solar Power for Treating Groundwater

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently added a 6 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system to provide power to operate an enhanced treatment system that removes volatile organic compounds (VOC) from contaminated groundwater at the Rocky Flats, Colorado, Site.

April 17, 2013
Ray Seiler, Mound Science and Energy Museum President, is one of the many museum volunteers who routinely talks to visitors, such as this group from Iowa who are interested in the history of the Mound site.
Mound Museum Volunteers: Preserving a Laboratory’s Legacy

The Mound Science and Energy Museum (MSEM) owes its success to dedicated volunteers and supporters. The MSEM currently has 40 active volunteers and 200 dues-paying members.