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For Immediate Release July 6, 2004
Media Contact: Jim Giusti   (803) 952-7697


Media Advisory: Historic Preservation Signing Ceremony

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Note To News Directors & Editors

On July 8, 2004, at 3:30 p.m., the Savannah River Operations Office will host a ceremonial signing of a programmatic agreement between the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration, the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) for the management of Cold War historic properties on the Savannah River Site (SRS).

The ceremony will be held at the Federal Building, 151 Corporate Parkway, Aiken, SC. Also participating in the signing are the Mayors of Augusta, GA, Aiken and New Ellenton, SC and representatives of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness and the SRS Citizens Advisory Board.

As part of the SRS' accelerated cleanup and deactivation and decommissioning, DOE worked with South Carolina and ACHP to develop a historical preservation plan under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) to document and preserve the Cold War history of the Site.

In November 2002, DOE-SR proposed and South Carolina accepted that the SRS Cold War National Register District encompasses the SRS's 310 square miles within Aiken, Barnwell, and Allendale counties. The SRS historic district recognizes the national, state, and local significance of the Site and the first generation of buildings constructed at the Savannah River Plant.

The signing ceremony kicks off the new historic preservation activities at SRS and allows the site to proceed with its accelerated cleanup effort.

Please call the Office of External Affairs at (803) 952-7697 if you plan to attend the event.




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