Long-Term Stewardship of DOE Legacy Waste Sites - A Status Report (2003)Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
The Department of Energy (DOE) has over 100 sites at which human access will be restricted even after scheduled cleanups because of the radioactive and chemical contamination and waste that will remain. This report reviews long-term plans for protecting human health and the environment at these sites -- a mission DOE calls "long-term stewardship." The committee finds that there is a compartmentalization of cleanup planning and planning for long-term stewardship at the sites. The committee recommends that DOE explicitly plan for long-term stewardship responsibilities as part of its cleanup decisions, and that it taking into account capabilities and limitations of long-term stewardship when making cleanup decisions.