Sustainability Support Bimonthly Conference Call Minutes; 4-23-98
Introduction: Bob Fleming of DOE EM-44 hosted the call.
The call is held every other month to discuss pollution prevention
and waste minimization issues within the environmental restoration
program. A list of the call participants is noted at the end
of the minutes. If you would like a list of the Site Waste Minimization
Coordinators or a list of the call participants and/or a complete
contact list of Sustainability Support site contacts with e-mail addresses and
phone numbers, please e-mail Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
at (513) 782-4686.
A summary of the presentations and discussions from the conference
Lee Bishop from the National Program for Metal Recycle, DOE
Center of Excellence:
Lee began by stating that the current program was a direct result
of the DOE's Recycle 2000 initiative and Al Alm's
Recycle Policy. The National Program for Metal Recycle was formed
in November of 1997 and is headed up by Vince Adams at DOE ORO.
The vision of this program is to develop a DOE culture that considers
the recycle/reuse of radioactive scrap metal as the first and
primary disposition option, and burial as the last option.
The specific goals of the program consist of the following:
- develop metals release and recycle policy
- facilitate sites' activities in metal release and recycle
- develop commercial linkages and infrastructure
- provide options for metal recycle for D&D activities
- develop regulatory and economic criteria for recycle
- develop contract vehicles and funding mechanisms
- partner with NRC/Agreement State licensed operations
- integrate with cleanup up projects by providing the project managers/teams with tools to deploy recycle/reuse techniques.
Tools being developed or being utilized by the National Program
consist of life-cycle decision methodology, ALARA analysis, risk
and dose assessment models, independent government estimate models,
inventory flow diagrams, P2 tracking systems and case study databases,
sample contract language, and service and model contracts (service
barter and sale barter contracts). Lee stated that he wants to
be able to provide an entire "toolbox"
to site project managers to facilitate the implementation of recycle
The three basic approaches for metals recycle that the National
Program promotes include; unrestricted release of surface-contaminated
metal, authorized release, and beneficial reuse.
Next month, Lee said that a webpage will be up and running which
will keep sites in tune with specific projects that are underway
at Oak Ridge, as well as across the complex and available tools
to assist project managers with achieving cost-effective recycle/reuse.
Lee can be contacted at 423-241-6199 or e-mail at email@example.com
and is available to help sites with facilitating the recycle process.
Thank you, Lee for the comprehensive overview of the program!
Clarence Beardsley (for Bob Hinds) on Savannah River Successes - Clarence discussed technologies being deployed at SRS during groundwater sampling activities which have saved SRS over $1M
in sampling and waste treatment and disposal costs thus far; expected
savings are over $2M per year! SRS has "married"
two existing technologies into one process. The two technologies
are; the utilization of statistical methods for well placement
and the scheduling of sampling activities and the use of a purge
water closed loop system.
Using an SRS developed software program using various criteria,
SRS has reduced the number of wells placed, the well sampling
frequency, the number of wells sampled, and the type and number
of constituents being sampled, resulting in the tremendous cost
savings. This technology was combined with a purge water closed
loop system which re-injects the purge water back into the well
(instead of the standard collection and treatment of purged groundwater).
This simple procedure alone saved over $110K in waste handling
cost per year. Clarence stated that SRS is working with other
sites to deploy similar techniques and would welcome additional
sites questions and/or interest. Clarence can be reached at (803) 952-8731.
Update on HQ Activities:
Bob Fleming - Bob stated that he briefed Jim Fiore, Acting DAS
for EM-40, on April 2, 1998 on the Sustainability Support training modules that
he had developed. Mr. Fiore was pleased with the two training
modules and signed the letter for transmittal to the Associate
Managers for EM at the sites. Several last minutes changes are
being made....as always happens with these things, and by month's
end, the modules should be at the sites ready for deployment!
In addition to the training module binder and video, you will
be receiving a number of brochures which can be used to publicize
and "market" the training. Please let Bob know if you need more brochures
or other supplies.
Bob also discussed the upcoming revision of the Sustainability Support Guidance
Document which was developed in 1995. This activity will be done
over the summer months and will include updated case studies,
additional Sustainability Support tools which are currently available and up-to-date
contacts. This will all be integrated and linked with the most
relevant data and references into a seamless process for ER project
managers and teams to use during project development and implementation.
Keep your eyes open for this document!
Bob continued by reminding everyone to be sure and periodically
review the EM-40 Homepage for updated P2 information and new case
studies. This week, an article written by Bob and Lisa entitled
"P2 Benefits During
ER Activities: Waste Volume Reductions and Cost Savings" was uploaded onto the page. The minutes to this conference call
and all future Sustainability Support calls will also be available via this
pathway. We will attempt to link into the National Metals Web site
Greg McBrien - Greg began by updating the group on the Secondary
Waste Guidance Document being developed. This document is being
developed to help sites in understanding and implementing a process
for achieving the secondary waste reduction goal stated in the
DOE Strategic Plan (reduce secondary waste from cleanup activities
by 10% per year starting in FY-99). The goal is a complex-wide
goal meaning the data will be rolled up from each site and complex-wide
in order to determine the 10% reduction.
The document is intended to first, clearly define secondary waste
and determine common activities and processes within the cleanup
program where secondary waste is generated. These common activities
will be dissected to show where the secondary waste is generated
during the activity, what type of waste typically is generated,
and examples of successfully implemented P2 or waste minimization
techniques. It is intended to be able to show, with these common
activity examples, what waste should be tracked during an activity
and what you as a site will be responsible for reporting to DOE
Gene Schmitt, EM-70 DAS, has transmitted a memo to all the sites
letting them know that this goal exists and that a guidance document
is in the development stage and should be ready for issue by the
end of summer. A question was asked regarding what baseline number
will be used to compare secondary waste generation for the year.
Greg stated that a baseline will probably be set each year based
upon "scheduled" projects for that year and projected waste generation. This information may come from the EM-40 core database or from a direct data call request to each site. Please call Greg for any additional information at 301-903-1385 or Christine Goddard at (423) 694-7420.
Lisa Allmon-Burns on Search for New Case Studies: Lisa
will be searching the complex for new case studies or examples
of cleanup projects where P2 and waste minimization was successfully
integrated resulting in waste reductions, project efficiencies,
and cost avoidance. This information will be used to update the
1996/97 Case Study Database available on the EM-40 Homepage.
Lisa will be sending out a data request to sites in the next month
asking for project managers who would be willing to "tell
their story". Examples
of successful contract negotiations and contract incentives would
be especially welcome. So, be on the look-out for Lisa calling
you (agh!!) and requesting contacts for this information!
Regina Sarter on the Waste Minimization Coordinator Workshop
in Denver: Regina provided the group with a brief synopsis
of the topics and discussions from the Denver workshop in March.
Regina stated that the workshop was successful in bringing together
a myriad of individuals from across the complex with a common
goal of advancing P2 principles. The complete workshop proceedings
can be found on EPIC or by contacting Dan Pring at e-mail address:
Advertisement for the DOE P2 Conference: Jill provided the
conference call participants with a list of accepted abstracts
dealing with Sustainability Support issues. There will be two Sustainability Support sessions
at the June 1-4 conference in Seattle, WA. Technical papers in
these sessions range from Authorized Release Protocols, Chemicals
and Excess Materials Disposition during Deactivation, Portable
Tritium Processing using a Drum Bubbler, Separation of Contaminated
Soils, Using a P2 Users Guide to Deploy P2 Techniques, and several
actual project specific examples of successful P2 integration.
We encourage you to attend the conference for technical sessions
as well as the chance to network with like-minded colleagues and
The conference Homepage is http://www.hanford.gov/polprev/conference/index.htm.
You can register, view abstracts, check out the activities, and
see the Seattle attractions all from this Homepage...check it
New Issues/Concerns/Updates/Needs: Greg made mention of
the White House Closing the Circle Awards which were announced
last week by the Environmental Executive. Arnie Edelmen won an
award for his Material Exchange Database. Congratulations, Arnie!!
Call Jeff Short at 301-903-1387 to get the complete list of highly
"green" individuals honored or to find out if YOU
Jamie Zeisloft asked for information on possible technologies
for separating lead from soil. Call Jamie at 509-376-0306 if
you have some ideas.
Jack Mizner discussed a success at SNL/NM with regard to separating
naturally occurring oil shale with high norm levels from the surrounding
material using a small sieve. Call Jack at 505-845-4576 for more
Next Call: The next call will be the third week of June....probably June 18th, so keep your schedule open.
Please let Bob or Lisa know if you have an idea for a topical
speaker...maybe yourself! Thanks for your participation! See
you in Seattle eating Salmon wearing rain slickers!!!
Bob Fleming; EM-44
Greg McBrien; EM-77
Lisa Allmon-Burns; IT Corporation
Christine Goddard; IT Corporation
Jack Mizner; SNL/NM
Jeff Weinrach; Benchmark Environmental, LANL
John Venneman; PORTS
Don Hodge; Ohio Field Office
Tonya Smith; DOE-SRS
Clarence Beardsley; SRS Bechtel-Jacobs
Lee Bishop; DOE ORO, National Metals Program
Doug DuVon; Bechtel Hanford
Salem Attiga; LEHR
Regina Sarter; DOE RFETS
Gary Robinson; Bechtel Hanford
Jamie Zeisloft; DOE Richland
David Nichols; Hanford, Waste Management
Tony Roybal; SNL/NM
Jill Engle-Cox; PNL, Hanford
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