New community board to advise Fermilab
|Members of Fermilab's two previous citizens' task forces met on Sept. 24 to discuss nominations for a new community board.
Preparations are under way for Fermilab's newest advisory group.
Members of Fermilab's two previous citizens' task forces met with laboratory staff on Sept. 24. The previous board members made recommendations on the formation of a new Fermilab community advisory board.
The new group will advise the laboratory on community-related issues concerning the future of Fermilab's research, infrastructure and community involvement by building on the success of the two previous task forces.
"We seek our community's advice and counsel on every public-related issue, from the effects of blasting underground on local residents to the future of U.S. particle physics," Fermilab Director Pier Oddone told members of the past two boards at the meeting.
Fermilab asked the board members to make suggestions for the composition of the new board and to recommend a selection process for membership. Five board members also volunteered to serve as members of a selection committee.
Board members suggested that at least half of the next task force membership come from outside the ranks of previous boards to provide new points of view. Some task force members would serve on the new board to provide institutional knowledge and experience with the public participation process. The board recommended an open nomination process for identifying new members.
Previous task forces comprised elected officials, residents of neighboring towns, students, laboratory scientists, a representative of the Department of Energy and members of the local education, construction, business, labor and environmental communities. Task force members recommended adding more young professionals to the board and suggested consulting experts in transportation or utility issues as needed. Representatives from Batavia subdivisions near Kirk Road are needed because tunnel construction for a future neutrino beam experiment would have the most impact on them. Fermilab officials also seek critics of the laboratory to participate. Previous task forces have included members of a former resident group that opposed the Superconducting Super Collider.
The selection committee will soon seek nominations for the new board. Members of previous task forces will select among the nominees. More information on the nomination process and its deadline will appear in a future Fermilab Today story.
— Tona Kunz