Source: The Oak Ridger | Ben Pounds | September 20, 2018

Image result for Seeking comment on proposed landfillAs the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor UCOR gets ready to build a new landfill — the Environmental Management Disposal Facility (EMDF) — the time for citizens to comment has opened.

Citizens may send comments before Oct. 25 to the Oak Ridge Environmental Management Federal Facility Agreement Manager John Michael Japp, DOE Oak Ridge Operations, P.O. Box 2001, as stated in a notice published in The Oak Ridger. The new facility is proposed to be near Bear Creek Road.

At an open house meeting last Thursday, UCOR representatives gave details in interviews and through displays and handouts shared with visitors. URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, otherwise known as UCOR, is the DOE cleanup contractor for the Oak Ridge Reservation.

The displays also set out the reason waste disposal is important in the first place.

“Currently, Oak Ridge has more high risk, excess and contaminated facilities than any other site in the Department of Energy,” according to the information on one display.

The UCOR representatives interviewed by The Oak Ridger spoke positively about the EMDF.

“This is a state-of-the-art design,” said Robin Manning, UCOR project engineer. “There is not a great deal of risk from an engineering perspective.”

However, some city of Oak Ridge officials, including City Council member Ellen Smith and Environmental Quality Advisory Board Chairman Robert Kennedy, who were both present at the open house, have been critical.

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