Energy officials see steady growth in demand for INEEL
data at Jackson
Friday, January 28, 2000
By Anne Minard
JACKSON, Wyo. - Department of Energy officials say a high
demand for information led them to open an outreach office here last
Based on attendance at a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss
the proposed mixed-waste incinerator at the Idaho National Engineering and
Environmental Lab, they might be right.
Lorie Cahn, public information
liaison at the office, said she's watched a steadily increasing stream of
traffic flow into the office since taking the job in December.
"There's a segment of the population that's really interested," she
said. "Another segment believes they have all the information they need."
Cahn said part of her job is to provide information, and another part
is simply to listen to people's concerns.
But it doesn't stop there.
Cahn said she frequently tracks down scientific literature in response to
questions she's asked, and she relays local concerns back to INEEL in
"DOE is listening. I think that's the message," she
Cahn also plans to coordinate INEEL Speakers Bureau presentations
to local civic, government, school and special interest
The office offers tours of INEEL, and has had about 42
takers on six tours so far. Cahn said she's continually impressed with the
people who take an entire day to learn about INEEL on a tour.
big commitment," she said.
A five-year Jackson resident, Cahn spent
summers from 1976 to 1984 either working for INEEL or in Jackson working
in a mountaineering shop, as a back country guide, a back country ranger
for Targhee National Forest and as a ranger naturalist for Grand Teton
Some of Cahn's past work for INEEL has encompassed
Superfund cleanup projects and efforts to design alternative energy
programs. She's helped to remediate a tritium groundwater plume in New
York, and uranium mill tailings in Colorado. She's also been a private
consultant in numerous hazardous waste sites around the country.
said her background has proved an asset in her job so far.
Jackson, and I've been involved in environmental cleanup for many years. I
care about clean air, clean water and a clean environment," she
The Jackson INEEL office is open Monday through Friday. The
address is 260 E. Simpson in Jackson.
Anne Minard covers the
environment and INEEL for the Journal. She may be reached by phone at
239-3168, or by e-mail at email@example.com