The League has done extensive work and study on all nuclear issues. Paramount to these policies are public participation and involvement and promotion of the maximum protection of public health and safety and the environment.
The entire history and position statements can be found in the LWVUS Impact on Issues, 2014-2016.
The LWVOR is studying the proposed Department of Energy Environmental Management Disposal Facility. This study is being done for informational purposes only. It is not intended (at this time) to be a local League consensus background study item. The LWVOR may use the LWVUS position to provide action.
Kick-Off Meeting for an Oak Ridge Community Impact Assessment
On September 9, 2015 the LWVOR attended a kick-off meeting between the City of Oak Ridge and its selected consulting team, The Ferguson Group, LLC. This contractor to the City has the responsibility to develop a draft community impact assessment imposed by this facility.
Development of Information Paper on the Environmental Management Disposal Facility
In October 2015, League Member Dr. Ray Wymer developed an informational paper on the Environmental Management Disposal Facility: Information for the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters on Radioactive and Hazardous Wastes on the Oak Ridge Reservation and Location and Suitability of an Additional Department of Energy On-Site Waste Disposal Facility.
Environmental Community School
The LWVOR developed an environmental Community School using funds from a grant of the New Mexico Community Fund grant. These multi night sessions (held in mid September 2015), which included supper, childcare, and simultaneous interpretation, focused on current Oak Ridge waste management and environmental management issues. Topics included the issues regarding the Environmental Management Disposal Facility.
Meeting with Local Officials
On October 21, 2015, League members and members of the Scarboro community met with Mr. Mike Koentop, Executive Officer for the Oak Ridge Office of EM, and Mr. David Adler, environmental scientist for EM. Discussions were held regarding the lack of information that DOE has been providing the community - in particular the potential encroachment of the site on the Scarboro community - an historic, black community.
Lunch with the League
The Lunch with the League program on November 17, 2015, focused on this issue again. Ms. Laura Wilkerson, Portfolio Federal Project Director for the DOE was the presenter. A prior presentation by Ms. Wilkerson can be viewed at oakridgetoday.com/tag/laura-wilkerson/