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Posted August 2, 2016

Donald Dayton
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Thank you for a copy of your Community Relations Plan. I am retired in Carlsbad after 30 years of federal employment in Environmental Management work with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture at various locations around the country. My last assignment was in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

After retirement, I volunteered to serve on the “Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board to “Advise the DOE through a federally chartered formal recommendation process on environmental restoration (cleanup) and waste management activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)  and the northern New Mexico communities impacted by LANL activities, (see attached). The Board was also provided with a trip to the WIPP site, a tour underground and discussion with the WIPP environmental management. I found my two year assignment on this Committee to be very successful in providing community input from the various communities impacted by LANL activities.

I urge that you set up a similar Citizen’s Advisory Board with members representing local communities surrounding and impacted by WIPP. In the long run, it can prove to be very valuable and provide a positive impact on your community relations program.

I agree to having my comments and suggestions posted on the WIPP Community Relations Plan Web Page.

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Posted August 2, 2016

            Permittees Response to Comments from
            Donald Dayton
            Carlsbad, New Mexico

 Dear Mr. Dayton,

Thank you for your interest in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and for providing comments to the WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan. The        purpose of the Community Relations Plan is to offer background information about the WIPP Permit, updates on Permit actions and opportunities for public participation in the Permit process.

With regard to your interest in establishing a WIPP Citizens Advisory Board (CAB), the Permittees will certainly consider how a CAB might add value to WIPP. Through the    years the WIPP Project has developed valued relations with state and local stakeholders and actively supports public participation opportunities. In addition to regulators, the   New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are numerous autonomous agencies and organizations that review WIPP   operations for safety and compliance. 

We welcome your participation in the WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit process and encourage you to sign up for the WIPP facility mailing list to receive notifications of  Permit actions and public meetings. You may also call the toll-free Community Relations number at 1-866-271-9640 for more information.   

Thank you for taking the time to provide comments. 

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