Post-Meeting Written Comments
One of the more vocal meeting attenders also sent a letter to WSRC with additional
comments on the process (Ref. A8). He suggests that independent oversight be
conducted to validate the standards that are selected.
WSRC Response to Comment: The level of independent review used for the F/H
Groundwater Remediation N&S Pilot was adequate for the scope and hazards
addressed. Should this process be implemented further, the level of independent review
will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The N&S Process Description recognizes
the need for varying levels of independent review - "The use of a team for confirmation
of the necessary and sufficient set of standards is intended to provide an adequate basis
for approval of the set. The criteria for the team members, and the degree of individual
and team independence needed for this purpose will have to be determined by the
convened group (steering committee) in each case. For simple cases, the identification
process itself may provide sufficient evidence of the adequacy and feasibility of the set.
For more complex or controversial cases, it will be necessary to use more rigorous and
independent methods for confirmation, for example, a formal independent peer review."
The day after the public meeting, both local newspapers published positive articles
about the meeting, the N&S Process, and the benefits resulting from the use of the
Process (Ref. A9, A10).