|For Immediate Release||July 2, 2003|
|Media Contact:||Jim Giusti (803) 725-2889|
Aiken, SC - The Department of Energy's Savannah River Operations Office (DOE-SR) will host this month two public information workshops & seek public comments on the preservation of historical "Cold War" resources at SRS.
As part of its compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 (as amended), the Department will examine the activities that may affect historic properties and identity actions to save historical and architectural information in cases where there will be a loss. These actions are called "mitigation". The Department will choose various mitigations by consulting with the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (the Council), and other interested parties.
The NHPA requires that Federal agencies consider the impacts to historic properties in all their undertakings. This is done usually in three steps: (1) an inventory of resources; (2) an evaluation for National Register eligibility; and (3) the avoidance or mitigation of effects to historic properties.
DOE-SR has completed the identification and evaluation steps for SRS Cold War resources, and has begun developing an agreement with SHPO and the Council to address future deactivation and decommissioning.
The Department will hold two public workshops on Historical Preservation of Cold War Resources at SRS to discuss the historical program and to receive public comments. The workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at the North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive, North Augusta, SC and on Thursday, July 10, 2003, at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC. Each session is from 5 - 7 p.m.In addition to the public workshops, comments may be submitted in writing to Savannah River Site, Attn: Jim Moore, Bldg. 742-A, Rm. 182, Aiken, SC 29808. The public comment period will end on Wednesday, July 23, 2003.