THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division of Earth and Life Studies
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
Committee on Development and Implementation of a Cleanup Technology Roadmap
Advice on the Department of Energy's Cleanup Technology Roadmap: Gaps and Bridges
The Office of Environmental Management asked the National Academies to convene a committee to assist in preparing a congressionally requested engineering and technology roadmap to support the cleanup effort. The committee's report identifies 13 technology gaps in areas of tank waste retrieval and processing, groundwater and soil remediation, and facility deactivation and decommissioning. Medium- to longer-term research and development (R&D) to bridge these gaps, as described in this report, can enhance the ability to meet cleanup milestones on time and/or on budget. The report recommends that the Office of Environmental Management: (1) improve its roadmap so that it clearly details the role of R&D in the cleanup mission, (2) use the roadmap as a primary tool for engaging in R&D partnerships with other DOE offices and federal agencies, the national laboratories, universities, and the private sector; and for communicating its R&D needs and accomplishments to DOE management and to Congress.
These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 2, 2009 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.