Waste Disposition: A New Approach to DOE's Waste Management Must Be Pursued

This paper outlines alternative approaches to waste management, beginning with clarifying how nuclear waste types across the complex are defined.  By basing treatment and disposal decisions on the actual characteristics of waste and the risk to human health and safety – rather than continuing to classify waste based on origin – DOE can move waste out of host communities more efficiently using a smarter, risk-based decision framework. Read here

 

Administration Transition Paper: A Roadmap for successful local GOVERNMENT and community engagement

ECA released its transition priorities and recommendations for the incoming Trump Administration in the following paper. The paper includes nine key priorities, each with their own set of recommendations, for the next Administration to adopt as they engage in discussions regarding ongoing DOE operations and performance, budget and appropriations, and environmental cleanup prioritization.  Read here    

 

CHANGING COURSE: THE CASE FOR SENSIBLE DOE ACQUISITION REFORM

This report includes recommendations for contracting and acquisition reform at DOE.  The successful and safe operation of Department of Energy (DOE) sites is of paramount importance to adjacent communities.  Many of the major prime contracts in DOE's Office of Environmental Management and the National Nuclear Security Administration portfolios are set to expire between 2016 and 2019, setting up an unprecedented period of contract re-competition over the next four years.  Read here

 

A COMMUNITY HANDBOOK ON NUCLEAR ENERGY: UNDERSTANDING NUCLEAR ENERGY AND ALTERNATIVES FOR THE FUTURE

This handbook looks at developments over the past two years, including the Blue Ribbon Commission's final report, DOE's Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Waste, and federal legislation introduced. ECA provides recommendations to local governments considering to support nuclear energy and development of nuclear facilities in their communities.  Read here

 

THE POLITICS OF CLEANUp

This report evaluates the opportunities and challenges in environmental cleanups by examining two federal facilities slated for closure and one site with an ongoing federal mission.  These sites present different models for how parties (Congress, federal and state agencies, state and local governments) can partner to identify and resolve difficult technical and policy issues and thus clean up federal facilities in a timely manner.  The report offers recommendations grouped into four categories that broadly capture key steps in the cleanup process.  Read here