|For Immediate Release||April 7, 2000|
|Media Contact:||Rick Ford (803) 725-2889|
NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS
The latest advances in environmental cleanup science and technology will be on display at the Department of Energy Environmental Management Science Program (EMSP) National Workshop in Atlanta, GA on April 24-27 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
Hosted by DOE's Office of Environmental Management, Office of Science, Idaho Operations Office, and Savannah River Operations Office, the workshop will bring together more than 400 DOE cleanup program officials, basic research scientists, site end users, private industry representatives, regulators, and other interested parties to capitalize on DOE's investments in environmental science and technology. These investments-more than $225 million in competitively awarded research projects to DOE National Laboratories and academic researchers--are intended to provide data or alternative approaches that will lead to reduced risks and costs and improved timeliness for cleanup at DOE sites while simultaneously adding to our Nation's storehouse of fundamental science.
The three days of meetings at the hotel will be followed by a tour of the Savannah River Site on April 28.
The keynote address is scheduled to be given by Dr. Carolyn Huntoon, DOE Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management. Other scheduled speakers include Gerald Boyd, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology; Daryle Bush, President of the American Chemical Society; and Mark Gilbertson, Director of the Office of Basic and Applied Research, DOE.
Special topics to be addressed include science and regulatory standards, science and technology collection process, DOE user facilities, and robotics. Breakout sessions on vadose zone remediation; characterization, fate and transport of contamination; barriers and separation materials; waste and radionuclide chemistry; chemical and physical analysis methods; and waste immobilization and performance will be held, and researchers will make poster presentations of their work.
Reporters are invited to attend all sessions of the workshop, and workshop participants will be available for interviews. Reporters are also invited to tour the Savannah River Site, near Aiken, South Carolina, on April 28. Those planning to attend should call Rick Ford, (803) 725-2889, or Patrick Jackson, (803) 725-1425, by April 17 for additional information and to register for the SRS tour.