Federal and State Governments Respond to Landmark Study by Environment, Safety, and Risk Associates Corporation (ESRA)

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA -  August 4, 2003 -   Environment, Safety, and Risk Associates Corporation (ESRA)  is pleased that its recent study has paved the way for dialogue and understanding, with respect to nuclear waste transportation routes, between state and federal governments and New Mexico Native American tribes. 

Following the recent press releases of a landmark study by Environment, Safety, and Risk Associates Corporation (ESRA), the United States Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the New Mexico Department of Transportation publicly announced their commitment to tribal transportation needs.

"This is wonderful news for the tribes and all WIPP stakeholders.  It demonstrates that our government is interested in taking a more proactive role in tribal nuclear waste transportation issues.  Through its recent landmark study, ESRA is proud to contribute to this advancement.  We hope the government continues this trend with further tribal studies and programs. " said Sandy Straus, President and Senior Engineer of ESRA.

WIPP officials reiterated the role of the Carlsbad Field Office Tribal Program and its pledge to safety, security, and education of tribal governments that may be impacted by WIPP-bound transuranic nuclear wastes.  WIPP officials also cited that emergency preparedness, training, funding, and technical assistance to tribes were mandated in the WIPP Land Withdrawal Act Amendment.

Additionally, the New Mexico Department of Transportation initiated an outreach program that drew nearly 50 tribal leaders.  New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Rhonda Faught discussed the possible establishment of a local/ tribal assistance bureau to aid local municipalities and sovereign tribal entities with transportation project resources.

Environment, Safety, and Risk Associates Corporation (ESRA), offers expertise in risk analyses, assessment, management, training, and safety in the construction, environmental, geological, mining, nuclear, and radioactive waste engineering areas.  ESRA caters to a multidisciplinary group of agencies, attorneys, contractors, engineers, finance professionals, scientists, and a variety of governmental, tribal, and industrial clients. The ESRA team consists of an outstanding and independent group of engineers, scientists, and contractors.  ESRA is a female-owned certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) serving local, state, national, and international agencies. For more information, please visit: 

http://www.esracorp.com

For the official announcements issued through the United States Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the New Mexico Department of Transportation, please visit:

http://www.esracorp.com/WIPP300703i.pdf 

http://www.esracorp.com/WIPP300703ii.pdf

http://www.esracorp.com/NMSHTD 030714.pdf