AFORR members/supporters: Please plan to participate in an important Department of Energy public meeting! Updated September 25, 1999 with new information from DOE -- including a map.
29, 1999, 5:30 pm
DOE is preparing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessment (EA) about the proposal, with the draft EA expected to be published for comment in November. Comments at the upcoming meeting are supposed to be reflected in the draft EA. It appears that DOE originally intended to prepare the draft EA without public input as to its scope, but decided to hold this public meeting after AFORR members and others raised concerns about the process. We need to thank DOE for bringing the public into the process, and we should demonstrate our concern by turning out at this meeting.
DOE proposes to lease 450 acres to CROET, which would then sublease portions for "mixed uses" allowed under the City of Oak Ridge IND-2 industrial zoning regulation. Parcel ED-3 includes several small tracts of land adjacent to Oak Ridge Turnpike and Blair Road, both north of Oak Ridge Turnpike (including part of the former Wheat Community) and south of the highway across from the old K-25 Site. See map (warning: large file). DOE has also said that some 1,520 acres surrounding ED-3 would be a "buffer area," but has not explained what this means.
This meeting is a chance to learn more about this proposal and to express our concerns. Some concerns that members might state are:
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