b'C H A P T E R 25M I SS I O N : F U T U R EWith INEEL work roughly divided The research and development businessinto sixty percent for waste cleanup would, on the other hand, have to grow.and forty percent for other research Whether it would grow absolutely ormissions, John Wilcynski, IDO manag- only as the larger portion of a shrinkinger from 1994-1999, summarized the whole was the question. Althoughpath forward with the words, Finish INEEL would always rely on its workthe sixty and grow the forty. T h e force to grasp opportunities to be bril- Don Ofte had worked with thecleanup would eventually get done and liant, Wilcynski continued to refine the University of Idaho and the Idaho Statethe mission disappear. Dismantled terms by which the INEEL related to University to improve higher educationbuildings particularly symbolized this the many potential allies among its opportunities in nuclear engineering attrend. By September 1999, the INEEL Idaho neighbors. those schools. The U of I opened a doc-had cleaned up scores of sites and toral program in nuclear engineering,demolished 215 buildings or struc- The INEEL had, for example, recog- the first established in the United Statestures, and the next to go was the nized the Shoshone-Bannock tribe as a since 1965. Ofte made the laboratoriesExperimental Organic Cooled Reactor, sovereign tribal nation. By virtue of a of the IRC available to graduate stu-which had run out of scrounge value. pact made with the tribe in 1992, INEEL dents. ISU initiated an independentAfter the Special Response Te a m provided training and equipment so the environmental monitoring program, aappropriated the building in 1984 as a tribe would have an independent envi- way of validating Site data. Wilcynskitraining center, security forces prac- ronmental monitoring capability. It also advanced INEEL ties to higher educa-ticed hostage rescues and anti-terror- agreed to protect Native American arti- tion as he prepared the bid specifica-ism tactics. Now the old building was facts on Site grounds. Wilcynski contin- tions for a new Site operating contractsurplus even for that mission. 1 7 ued to consult with the tribe on matters in 1999. The winner was a consortiumof mutual importance. 18of interests led by Bechtel BWXT ofIdaho that included the InlandNorthwest Research Alliance, a groupof seven universities including the U of I and ISU. 19DOE established a policy of supportinga Citizens Advisory Committee at eachof its field facilities. This group of citi-zen volunteers from across the state anda variety of professions reviewed wastemanagement and other issues as a con-structive path to greater public knowl-edge and information about INEELoperations. Wilcynski welcomed thisFirst convened in 1994 the INEEL Citizens AdvisoryBoard is an independent panel of fifteen Idahocitizens. The board provides consensus advice toIDO and its regulators, and contributes in-depthpublic involvement for many IDO decisions.2 53'