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Energy Communities Alliance is the organization of local governments that are adjacent to or impacted by Department of Energy (DOE) activities. Our board members include elected officials and administrators from local governments impacted by DOE.

ECA's mission is to bring together local government officials in Department of Energy-impacted communities to share information, establish policy positions, and advocate community interests in order to effectively address an increasingly complex set of environmental, regulatory, and economic development needs.

Changing Course: The Case for Sensible Acquisition Reform at DOE

Improve DOE's Contracting Process, Encourage Competition and Increase Community Engagement 

The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) today released Changing Course: The Case for Sensible Acquisition Reform at DOE which includes five recommendations.  The successful and safe operation of Department of Energy (DOE) sites is of paramount importance to the adjacent communities.  Virtually all of the major prime contracts in DOE's Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) and NNSA's portfolios are set to expire between 2016 and 2019 (if not extended), setting up an unprecedented period of contract re-competition over the next four years.  DOE and the communities that host DOE sites, are best served when there is strong competition among highly qualified companies seeking to implement most innovative and efficient strategies for success on this work.

ECA News Updates

Check out the latest news from ECA.  This page is updated with all the information from the ECA Email Server.  You can receive the same news directly in your inbox by signing up here.
ECA Bulletin: November 2015

Stories Include:

·    Moniz, Jewell Sign MOA Officially Creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park

·    ECA Chair Testifies Before Congress on Waste Disposal    

·    Spent Nuclear Fuel Research Shipment to Idaho Cancelled         


 November 2015 ECA Bulletin

NEWLY RELEASED AND UPDATED: A Community Handbook on Nuclear Energy: Understanding Nuclear Energy and Alternatives for the Future 
ECA has released an update of its report to assist local communities in identifying and understanding the myriad of issues associated with hosting a nuclear facility.  The report looks at developments over the past two years including the BRC's final report, DOE's Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Waste, and federal legislation that has been introduced.  In addition, ECA provides recommendations as local governments consider the role the can play in supporting nuclear energy and the development of nuclear facilities in their communities. 

View the press release or download the report (3MB) and executive summary.
  Manhattan Project National Historical Park Information
The Politics of Cleanup
This new ECA report offers recommendations to accelerate complex federal environmental cleanups and identifies lessons learned that can apply to all federal facility sites.  View the press release and download the report (4MB) or executive summary (1MB).

Community Guidebook for Reuse of DOE and NNSA Land and Facilities
DOE and NNSA Disposal and Transfer Authorities
This new ECA Guidebook lists relevant DOE and NNSA disposal and transfer authorities.  Simply click on any listing in the Table of Contents to skip to that page in the document.  Download the guidebook here (4MB).
"ECA Response to the Omnibus Risk Review Committee Report" September 25, 2015 (pdf)
"ECA Letter to Congress Regarding Defense Waste Repository" May 15, 2015 (pdf)
"ECA Presentation on New Congress at Inter-governmental Meeting November 2014"  (pptx)
"ECA Mound Presentation"  July 1, 2014 (pptx)
"House Lawmakers Request FY15 Funding for DOE Discussions with Potential Host Communities, " April 2, 2014 (pdf)
"ECA Letter to Secretary Moniz Regarding Recent Events at WIPP," March7, 2014 (pdf)
"Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Lyons' Presentation to ECA on DOE's Nuclear Energy Program Issues", February 27, 2014 (pptx)
"EM Budget Update and Program Outlook", February 27, 2014 (pptx)
"DOE Response to ECA Letters Regarding Land transfer concerns", December 18, 2013 (pdf)
"ECA Land Transfer Letter", December 2, 2013 (pdf)
"Local Governments and the Future of Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal"  Kara Colton's Presentation at NCSL Legislative Summit, Atlanta, GA, August 13, 2013 (pdf)
ECA Testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013 (S. 1240), July 30, 2013 (pdf)
ECA Comments on Senate Discussion Draft of Nuclear Waste Legislation, May 24, 2013 (pdf)  
ECA Testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding S. 3469, the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2012, September 12, 2012 (pdf) 
Press Release and Written Testimony for S. 3300 A Bill To Establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, June 27, 2012 (pdf) 
"Successful Local Government Engagement" Seth Kirshenberg's presentation from the National Nuclear Fuel Cycle summit, Carlsbad, NM, April 4, 2012 (pdf)
November 29 Letter to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Requesting Local Government Involvement in Board Meetings (pdf)
House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Letter To Support EM Funding     
ECA Press Release and Letter To Secretary Chu Regarding Defense-Related High-Level Waste and Spent Fuel, May 2011
ECA Presentation to DOE Asset Revitalization Initiative Task Force  (March 2010)
ECA's Letter to Secretary Chu Regarding Energy Demonstration Projects (December 21, 2010)
Energy Parks Task Force Request  Letter (October 14, 2010) 
ECA's Written Testimony for the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (May 25, 2010) 
ECA Letter to Secretary Chu Regarding High-level Waste and Communities
ECA's Energy Parks Response to Under Secretary Johnson
ECA Letter to Secretary Chu: DOE Must Analyze the Impact of DOE's Decision to Leave Defense High-Level Waste in Communities
ECA Letter to Under Secretary Johnson regarding DOE Energy Parks Initiative and the need for a cross cutting office within the department  
ECA Letter to Secretary Chu Regarding Local Government Participation on the Proposed Department of Energy "Blue Ribbon" Panel on Nuclear Waste Management (April 2009) 
DOE Property Laws and Regulations (April 2009)  
Summary of Alternative Energy Provisions in Stimulus Act 2009
DOE-EM Paper on Footprint Reduction and Energy Parks (NEW) (January 12, 2009)
ECA Priorities for Secretary of Energy Chu February 2009
ECA Comments on NNSA Complex Transformation Plan (April 9, 2008)
ECA Letter in Support of EMAB Participation (February 1, 2008)  
ECA Letter in Support of Portsmouth Stakeholder Advisory Committee (January 2, 2008)
ECA Letter to NNSA Administrator D'Agostino Regarding Job Cuts as NNSA Labs (December 4, 2007)
ECA Letter in Support of National Historic Landmark Status for Hanford's B Reactor (December 4, 2007)
ECA Report on The Politics of Cleanup
Press Release
Executive Summary
Court Rules Local Officials Have a Role in Federal Facilities Cleanup
Detailed Memo (pdf)
ECA Policy Statements (pdf)
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