The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) had a peer exchange in Los Alamos last week. It was the first time ECA has met here in more than five years.
The main topic of discussion was environmental management (EM), although other issues of concern to the participants were also discussed in length.
Seth Kirshenberg, executive director of ECA, began a series of panel discussions Thursday with a summary of current issues.
Kirshenberg reported that Congress is expected to pass a six month continuing resolution until a new budget is passed, with provisions that could impact DOE communities.
The main concern was a new limitation that prevents agencies from moving money around. In the past, Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) had considerable flexibility in directing money to the most urgent environmental cleanup needs at each site.
"The bottom line is, we don't have that flexibility to move money between the major control elements if the CR passes as it is today," Kirshenberg said.