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                                                            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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