EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White met with members of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) on May 17 to discuss timely topics in the cleanup program, from DOE’s Justice40 Initiative and stakeholder involvement in EM’s Strategic Vision to waste disposal and deactivation & decommissioning (D&D) work around the complex.
“I really appreciate the opportunity to hear from all of you on your different perspectives and where the cleanup program should be and where it should go in the future,” White said to the members of the grassroots network of 34 community organizations focused on health, cleanup and weapons issues at EM sites.
White and other EM senior managers met with the alliance in a virtual meeting during the ANA DC Days event in which ANA members convene with congressional and administration officials on nuclear issues. For over 30 years, EM management has met with the ANA for the annual event. DC Days normally takes place in person but has shifted to a virtual format in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the meeting with EM leadership, ANA members asked questions and discussed facility demolition at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, cleanup at the Energy Technology Engineering Center, the proposed Environmental Management Disposal Facility in Oak Ridge, the future of EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and public involvement in the Hanford Site cleanup.
“I have the privilege of being responsible for a program where we have really good alignment with all the folks who have an interest in our program with respect to the big picture of what we’re trying to accomplish: to clean up the environmental legacy of decades worth of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy research across this county, and do it in a way that helps the community grow and thrive into the future,” White said.
ANA members attending the meeting with EM officials included Joni Arends, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety; Melissa Bumstead, Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab; Kevin Collins, Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance; Don Hancock, Southwest Research and Information Center; Janie Hill-Scott, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions; Raiza Marciscano-Bettis, Tri-Valley CAREs; and Liz Mattson, Hanford Challenge.