Signatories include Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.

DOE-Seal“We are writing to express our deep concern about environmental legacies that remain at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation,” the Dec. 22, 2010, letter begins.

“While significant progress has been made since the cleanup program was initiated more than two decades ago, environmental contamination on the Oak Ridge Reservation remains a serious problem.”

The united letter, penned by elected leaders from both the city of Oak Ridge and Anderson County … as well as Roane County, the city of Knoxville and Knox County … was written to Inés R. Triay, Ph.D., the U.S. Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for environmental management. “Our concerns,” the missive continues, “center on several key issues.”

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Source: Darrell Richardson |The Oak Ridger
Photo: U.S. Department of Energy