For Immediate Release
Contact: Pete Osborne, ORSSAB Support Office (865) 576-1590

Future of TSCA Incinerator to be Discussed
at ORSSAB Committee Meeting

Oak Ridge, Tenn. - December 13, 2001 - An official from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters will visit Oak Ridge on December 19 to discuss the proposed closure of the TSCA Incinerator in 2003.

Helen Belencan will meet with members of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) Waste Management Committee from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Engineering Einstein Room, 125 Broadway Avenue, Oak Ridge. The public is invited to attend.

Ms. Belencan is the Low-Level Waste and Mixed Low-Level Waste Program Manager for the DOE Headquarters Office of Integration and Disposition.

"We invited Ms. Belencan here to discuss the recent analysis of DOE complex-wide incineration needs and the planned closure of the TSCA Incinerator," said ORSSAB Chair Luther Gibson. "We understand that a DOE Headquarters recommendation on whether to continue with that plan or potentially extend operations beyond September 2003 is scheduled for early January," he said, "so we’re very interested in what Ms. Belencan has to say, along with how alternative technologies to incineration and private commercial sector treatment capability are being factored into that decision."

The TSCA Incinerator, which is located at DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park (the former K-25 Site), is presently DOE’s only operating incinerator and has always been unique in that its permits allow it to treat hazardous wastes containing both radioactive elements and PCBs.

ORSSAB is an independent volunteer citizens’ panel providing advice and recommendations to DOE’s Oak Ridge Environmental Management Program. Chartered in 1995 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the board is composed of 20 members, chosen to reflect the diversity of gender, race, occupation, and interests of persons living near the Oak Ridge Reservation.

For more information, call the ORSSAB support office at 241-3665 or 1-800-382-6938, or see the Board’s web site at www.oakridge.doe.gov/em/ssab.