The foundation of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management’s (LM) Goal 4, “Optimize the use of land and assets,” is to establish environmentally sound and protective land uses on LM sites. LM believes there can be beneficial uses of land even though regulatory or other land-use restrictions may be needed. As part of Goal 4, LM will make its lands available for government, public, and private uses, provided such uses maintain cleanup efforts and are consistent with the site remedies, the tenets of sustainability, and the best resource-management practices.
More than 150 participants attended the 2014 Community Leaders Institute (CLI) in Montgomery, Alabama, on April 25 and 26. The event was sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina; U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health and Wellness; U.S. Department of Defense; the City of Montgomery; EcoLogic Services, Inc.; Project H.E.L.P.; Community Care Network; and Alabama State University.
In February 2014, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) and LM Support (LMS) contractor site managers, along with Navajo Nation technical staff, visited five reclaimed uranium-mine sites on tribal lands to share expertise in the use of technical approaches for controlling and mitigating erosion. Due to the geology of the desert southwest, where many LM disposal sites are located, and the area’s extreme weather, erosion can be a serious issue that damages engineered structures such as roads, building foundations, and fences.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) completed its 2014 annual institutional controls (IC) assessment of the Mound site in Miamisburg, Ohio, and confirmed that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedies remain effective. Annual, routine IC inspections are conducted at many LM sites. However, inspections at the Mound site are anything but routine, due to its unique nature.
On May 8 and 9, a joint federal agency collaboration was held to discuss financial and technical assistance to Wind River Tribes in Riverton, Wyoming. Requested by staff from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM), the meeting was held at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 8 offices in Denver, Colorado. Other federal agencies represented were the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Geological Survey.
The U.S. Congress directed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior, to undertake a review of, and prepare a report on, abandoned uranium mines in the United States that provided uranium ore for U.S. atomic energy defense activities. In February 2014, the DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) updated the public about its progress on the data and technical information developed to inform the Report to Congress on defense-related uranium mines.
When you hear about the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM), what comes to mind? Is it long-term surveillance and maintenance (LTS&M) activities such as conducting environmental monitoring, performing annual inspections, or maintaining protective remedies? Is it managing records and making them available to requesters? Is it managing legacy land and assets or emphasizing safety, reuse, and disposition?