January 1, 1998

Lt. Col. Michael J. Conrad, Jr.
Site Manager, FUSRAP Tonawanda Site
Buffalo District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1776 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY  14207-3199

Subject: Request for extension of comment period on proposed plan 
for FUSRAP Tonawanda Site

Dear Colonel Conrad:

     As you know, F.A.C.T.S. was identified by the U.S.
Department of Energy as the only non-governmental community
stakeholder group participating in the environmental review
process at the Tonawanda Site and we take our public interest
advocacy role seriously.

     The purpose of this letter is to request an indefinite
extension of the comment period on the proposed plan for the
FUSRAP Tonawanda Site until all the essential site-related
information which F.A.C.T.S. has requested is provided to us and,
subsequently, a reasonable amount of additional time (at least 30
days) so that we may comment upon the proposal in an informed and
meaningful manner as provided for by NEPA and CERCLA.

     The requested information includes the following: 1) several
items contained in our FOIA requests made to DOE Oak Ridge dated
3-17-96, 11-23-96, and 2-4-97, and our FOIA request to the
National Archives and Records Administration dated 2-4-97; these
items are the subject of litigation in the U.S. District Court
for the Western District of New York, 2) the items contained in
our FOIA requests made to DOE Oak Ridge dated 9-3-97 and 11-6-97,
3) the items contained in our FOIL request to the NYS Department
of Environmental Conservation dated 12-23-97, and 4) several
verbal requests made to you, your staff, and Bechtel staff.

     The items outlined above include information about
potentially responsible parties (PRPs) and requests resulting
from our lack of access to the decisionmaking process over the
past year and a half and the information utilized in that
process.  As you know we were not made a party to the discussions
between John LaFalce's office (and presumably the CANiT
politicians) and DOE which led to the current proposal.

     We thank you for your prompt attention to this request.

                              Sincerely,



                              James Rauch

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