Technologies for Environmental Management: The Department of Energy's Office of Science and Technology

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The Department of Energy's Environmental Management Program (DOEEM) is one of the largest environmental clean up efforts in world history. The EM division charged with developing or finding technologies to accomplish this massive task, its Office of Science and Technology (OST), has been reviewed extensively, including six reports from committees of the National Research Council's (NRC's) Board on Radioactive Waste Management (BRWM) that have been released since December 1998. These committees examined different components of OST's technology development program, including its decision-making and peer review processes and its efforts to develop technologies in the areas of decontamination and decommissioning, waste forms for mixed waste, tank waste, and subsurface contamination. Gerald Boyd, head of OST, asked the Board on Radioactive Waste Management (BRWM) to summarize the major findings and recommendations of the six reports and synthesize any common issues into a number of overarching recommendations.

 

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Contents

Summary
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1 Introduction
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2 Clarify the Role and Mission of OST
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3 Put Discipline into Decision Making
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4 Expand OSTs Reach Outside DOE
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5 Address Constraints to Technology Implementation
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References
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Appendixes
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