Consensus Report

Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review; while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy. Learn more on our expert consensus reports.

Over the last 60 years, the wide range of operations carried out by Department of Energy (DOE) (and its predecessor organizations) has resulted in accumulation of hazardous and radioactive waste in tanks, soil, groundwater, and buildings at various sites across the nation. DOE conducts ongoing cleanup efforts at those sites. To ensure that the best modern technologies are available for this work, which will continue for 30 years or more, Congress requested DOE to develop a cleanup technology roadmap. The DOE's Office of Environmental Management asked the National Research Council to assist DOE in preparing the roadmap, which must identify technology gaps in DOE's site cleanup program and to develop a strategy, with funding proposals, to address them. This interim report provides initial technical and strategic advice to assist DOE's fiscal year 2009 planning, development, and implementation of its cleanup technology roadmap. The final report, which will fully address the statement of task, will be completed in February, 2009.