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 current DOE operations and performance, budget and appropriations, and environmental cleanup prioritization.
CHANGING COURSE: THE CASE FOR SENSIBLE ACQUISITION REFORM AT DOE
ECA released the following report which includes recommendations for contracting reform. 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 (DOE-EM) and NNSA's portfolios are set to expire between 2016 and 2019, setting up an unprecedented period of contract re-competition over the next four years.
A COMMUNITY HANDBOOK ON NUCLEAR ENERGY: UNDERSTANDING NUCLEAR ENERGY AND ALTERNATIVES FOR THE FUTURE
ECA released an updated report to assist local communities in identifying and understanding issues associated with hosting a nuclear facility. This handbook 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 introduced. ECA provides recommendations to local governments considering to support nuclear energy and development of nuclear facilities in their communities.
THE POLITICS OF CLEANUp
ECA released the following report which offers recommendations to accelerate complex federal environmental cleanups and identifies lessons learned for all federal facility sites.