We can promise that you will leave feeling more informed and aware of the progress on a very important Federal obligation to properly dispose of nuclear waste.
"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." So wrote Thomas Jefferson, who knew nothing of nuclear energy, but whose thirst for learning would likely have brought him up to speed on the topic had it been discovered in his time. We who live here, in the birthplace of atomic power, are often overwhelmed by other things demanding our attention rather than a concern for the status of cleaning up the radioactive waste that lies atop the Snake River Plain Aquifer. Rightfully, there are many other important things around us. Even so, we are hoping to involve more minds and voices in the discussion we host as members of the ICP CAB.
Our board was organized by the Federal Advisory Committee Act in 1994. As a varied group of volunteers, we bring the message of our constituencies to DOE's awareness, and bring DOE Office of Environmental Management’s reports to our constituencies. Liaisons are great, but we want the world to know that our meetings are public and any and all are welcome to attend - and to comment, even. There are generally two scheduled public comment periods per meeting. While commenting may be intimidating, simply coming to hear what is presented may be perfectly fine - and while it may be far-fetched to say that you'll be fascinated, we don't think that the subject matter will leave you bored entirely out of your mind.
In our most recent meeting, topics covered included the United States Geological Survey report on the Snake River Plain Aquifer, the most exciting update we've had yet regarding the processing of 900,000 gallons of liquid sodium-bearing waste (SBW) at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), and a presentation by former Congressman Richard Stallings (a summary of which is included below). Again, we understand that these may not qualify as the most enthralling entertainment, but we can promise that you will leave feeling more informed and aware of the progress on a very important Federal obligation to properly dispose of nuclear waste.
Our public meeting times and agendas are always posted on this website. Don't be intimidated by the day-long agenda. You are welcome to come and go as you'd like and for whatever presentations might appeal to you. We'd invite you to add our next meeting on Thursday, June 20 in Fort Hall to your calendar and join us.