NNMCAB OKs recommendations

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The Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board approved three of four draft recommendations at its meeting last week in Pojoaque.

According to NNMCAB spokesman William Alexander, recommendations that passed were: 

• Evaluation of storage options for legacy waste that could result from expansion of the WIPP disposal mission;

• Budget that is related to technology research and development for site clean-up; and

• EM-SAAB recommendation that DOE place more emphasis and priority on evaluation of technologies that could make recycling excess materials cost effective.

The NNMCAB also drafted and approved a recommendation regarding the 33 Shafts that are located at LANL, requesting that DOE address the permanent disposition of the 33 Shafts at Material Disposal Area G.

During the public comment period, the NNMCAB heard comments from Jeanne Green on the PF-4 facility, Green provided the board with a memo from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board from Nov. 23, 2012. Green asked that the board look into providing a recommendation on the PF-4 Facility.

The board and the public also received information on cancer rates in Northern New Mexico provided during a presentation by the New Mexico Department of Health. Information was also given on Occupational Illness Programs and how to join the National Supplemental Screening Program (a worker health screening program for former U.S. Department of Energy workers). This information is available to the public at orau.org/NSSP.

All of the presentations that were given at the board meeting are available on the NNMCAB website at nnmcab.energy.gov.

The video of the meeting will be also be uploaded to the NNMCAB YouTube Channel. The next full board meeting will be March 20 at the Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Road NE.