Study in Progress

Independent Assessment of Science and Technology for the Department of Energy's Defense Environmental Cleanup Program

Statement of Task

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct an independent assessment of technology development efforts within the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM). This assessment will involve the following:

1. A review of DOE-EM's technology development efforts, including an assessment of the processes by which technologies are identified and selected for development.
2. A comprehensive review and assessment of technologies and/or alternative approaches for the DOE-EM cleanup program that could
a. Reduce long-term costs,
b. Accelerate schedules,
c. Mitigate uncertainties, vulnerabilities, or risks, or
d. Otherwise significantly improve the cleanup program.

The study will produce a consensus report that contains findings and recommendations. The report will not contain policy recommendations that involve non-technical value judgments.