Appendix B
Statements of Task

Committee on Environmental Management Technologies (CEMT)

Statement of Task

The objective of the Committee is to provide independent review and recommendations to the Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (DOE-EM), on environmental management technology developments impacting DOE weapons complex facilities.

The Committee would:

  1. Review and evaluate DOE-EM's technology-development programs including guidelines, methodologies, protocols, tests, demonstrations, and applications in the context of the relative importance of problems facing DOE-EM;
  2. Identify, review, and recommend as appropriate new technical criteria and emerging technologies in environmental management relevant to DOE-EM;
  3. Review technology transfer and commercialization for technology programs in DOE-EM; and
  4. Issue reports, recommendations, and options on DOE-EM's technology development.

A key function of the Committee would be to ensure that a set of activities from basic research through commercialization is encouraged and promoted. The Committee would also address issues and resolutions of problems related to the development and use of technologies for environmental management.



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--> Appendix B Statements of Task Committee on Environmental Management Technologies (CEMT) Statement of Task The objective of the Committee is to provide independent review and recommendations to the Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (DOE-EM), on environmental management technology developments impacting DOE weapons complex facilities. The Committee would: Review and evaluate DOE-EM's technology-development programs including guidelines, methodologies, protocols, tests, demonstrations, and applications in the context of the relative importance of problems facing DOE-EM; Identify, review, and recommend as appropriate new technical criteria and emerging technologies in environmental management relevant to DOE-EM; Review technology transfer and commercialization for technology programs in DOE-EM; and Issue reports, recommendations, and options on DOE-EM's technology development. A key function of the Committee would be to ensure that a set of activities from basic research through commercialization is encouraged and promoted. The Committee would also address issues and resolutions of problems related to the development and use of technologies for environmental management.

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--> The Committee would operate on a continuing basis. It would consist of about 15 members of international reputation with strong backgrounds in disciplines relevant to environmental management technologies. The Committee would meet quarterly or more frequently if required. During March of every year, the Committee would submit a peer-reviewed report to the Assistant Secretary for DOE-EM, listing specific conclusions and recommendations of the studies which the Committee has undertaken during the year. The Committee would also prepare topical reports, if timeliness requires it. DOE-EM will receive 20 copies of each report, additional copies will be provided to the NRC Committee members and other parties in accordance with NRC policy. These reports would be made available to the public without restriction.

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--> Subcommittee on Contaminant Plumes Statement of Task The Subcommittee on Contaminant Plumes is established with a view to assist the Committee on Environmental Management Technologies (CEMT) as one of the five major focus areas. The subcommittee will review the DOE documentation including (1) DOE's Remedial Action Program Information Center (RAPIC) bibliography, (2) EPA's Cleanup Information (CLU-IN), (3) Vendor Information System for Innovative Treatment Technologies (VISITT), and (4) Alternative Treatment Technology Information Center (ATTIC) Bulletin Board. The subcommittee also will review the pertinent technical literature, and consult with experts in the field to ensure that state-of-the-art documentation is available on the different technical issues and developments involved in contaminant plumes remediation. If not already available, the subcommittee shall prepare a report including the advantages and disadvantages of each method including cost and risk reduction as well as sensitivity to cleanup levels and time constraints. The subcommittee will identify the greatest needs in the focus area and the reasons for identifying the technologies being developed. It should identify the difficulties in bringing the technologies being developed to fruition. The subcommittee will further address potential for industrial applications and pay-offs of the technologies being developed to DOE and industry, including foreign markets. The subcommittee should also identify new technologies which have scope for development. It should recommend actions as to what else should be done and how to accelerate the process. This information should be presented as a report to the parent committee. The subcommittee as a whole, or its members separately, will visit representative DOE Weapons Complex facilities to get first hand information and interact with scientists working at the sites. Topical reports as indicated above, as appropriate, and minutes of the subcommittee meetings, will be submitted as inputs to the work of CEMT. The subcommittee chairman will provide an annual report to CEMT on December 1st every year.

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--> Subcommittee on Decontamination and Decommissioning Statement of Task The Subcommittee on Decommissioning and Decontamination is established with a view to assist the Committee on Environmental Management Technologies (CEMT) as one of the five major focus areas. The subcommittee will review the DOE documentation including (1) DOE's Remedial Action Program Information Center (RAPIC) bibliography, (2) EPA's Cleanup Information (CLU-IN), (3) Vendor Information System for Innovative Treatment Technologies (VISITT), and (4) Alternative Treatment Technology Information Center (ATTIC) Bulletin Board. The subcommittee also will review the pertinent technical literature, and consult with experts in the field to ensure that state-of-the-art documentation is available on the different technical issues and developments involved in decontamination and decommissioning of weapons complex facilities. If not already available, the subcommittee shall prepare a report including the advantages and disadvantages of each method including cost and risk reduction as well as sensitivity to cleanup levels and time constraints. The subcommittee will identify the greatest needs in the focus area and the reasons for identifying the technologies being developed. It should identify the difficulties in bringing the technologies being developed to fruition. The subcommittee will further address potential for industrial applications and pay-offs of the technologies being developed to DOE and industry, including foreign markets. The subcommittee should also identify new technologies which have scope for development. It should recommend actions as to what else should be done and how to accelerate the process. This information should be presented as a report to the parent committee. The subcommittee as a whole, or its members separately, will visit representative DOE Weapons Complex facilities to get first hand information and interact with scientists working at the sites. Topical reports as indicated above, as appropriate, and minutes of the subcommittee meetings, will be submitted as inputs to the work of CEMT. The subcommittee chairman will provide an annual report to CEMT on December 1st every year.

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--> Subcommittee on High-Level Waste in Tanks Statement of Task The Subcommittee on High-Level Waste Tanks is established with a view to assist the Committee on Environmental Management Technologies (CEMT) as one of the five major focus areas. The subcommittee will review the DOE documentation including (1) DOE's Remedial Action Program Information Center (RAPIC) bibliography, (2) EPA's Cleanup Information (CLU-IN), (3) Vendor Information System for Innovative Treatment Technologies (VISITT), and (4) Alternative Treatment Technology Information Center (ATTIC) Bulletin Board. The subcommittee also will review the pertinent technical literature, and consult with experts in the field to ensure that state-of-the-art documentation is available on the different technical issues and developments involved in high-level waste tanks remediation. If not already available, the subcommittee shall prepare a report including the advantages and disadvantages of each method including cost and risk reduction as well as sensitivity to cleanup levels and time constraints. The subcommittee will identify the greatest needs in the focus area and the reasons for identifying the technologies being developed. It should identify the difficulties in bringing the technologies being developed to fruition. The subcommittee will further address potential for industrial applications and pay-offs of the technologies being developed to DOE and industry, including foreign markets. The subcommittee should also identify new technologies which have scope for development. It should recommend actions as to what else should be done and how to accelerate the process. This information should be presented as a report to the parent committee. The subcommittee as a whole, or its members separately, will visit representative DOE Weapons Complex facilities to get first hand information and interact with scientists working at the sites. Topical reports as indicated above, as appropriate and minutes of the subcommittee meetings, will be submitted as inputs to the work of CEMT. The subcommittee chairman will provide an annual report to CEMT on December 1st every year.

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--> Subcommittee on Landfills Statement of Task The Subcommittee on Landfills is established with a view to assist the Committee on Environmental Management Technologies (CEMT) as one of the five major focus areas. The subcommittee will review the DOE documentation including (1) DOE's Remedial Action Program Information Center (RAPIC) bibliography, (2) EPA's Cleanup Information (CLU-IN), (3) Vendor Information System for Innovative Treatment Technologies (VISITT), and (4) Alternative Treatment Technology Information Center (ATTIC) Bulletin Board. The subcommittee also will review the pertinent technical literature and consult with experts in the field to ensure that state-of-the-art documentation is available on the different technical issues and developments involved in landfill stabilization. If not already available, the subcommittee shall prepare a report including the advantages and disadvantages of each method including cost and risk reduction as well as sensitivity to cleanup levels and time constraints. The subcommittee will identify the greatest needs in the focus area and the reasons for identifying the technologies being developed. It should identify the difficulties in bringing the technologies being developed to fruition. The subcommittee will further address potential for industrial applications and pay-offs of the technologies being developed to DOE and industry, including foreign markets. The subcommittee should also identify new technologies which have scope for development. It should recommend actions as to what else should be done and how to accelerate the process. This information should be presented as a report to the parent committee. The subcommittee as a whole, or its members separately, will visit representative DOE Weapons Complex facilities to get first hand information and interact with scientists working at the sites. Topical reports as indicated above, as appropriate, and minutes of the subcommittee meetings, will be submitted as inputs to the work of CEMT. The subcommittee chairman will provide an annual report to CEMT on December 1st every year.

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--> Subcommittee on Mixed Wastes Statement of Task The Subcommittee on Mixed Wastes is established with a view to assist the Committee on Environmental Management Technologies (CEMT) as one of the five major focus areas. The subcommittee will review the DOE documentation including (1) DOE's Remedial Action Program Information Center (RAPIC) bibliography, (2) EPA's Cleanup Information (CLU-IN), (3) Vendor Information System for Innovative Treatment Technologies (VISITT), and (4) Alternative Treatment Technology Information Center (ATTIC) Bulletin Board. The subcommittee also will review the pertinent technical literature and consult with experts in the field to ensure that state-of-the-art documentation is available on the different technical issues and developments involved in mixed wastes characterization, treatment, and disposal. If not already available, the subcommittee shall prepare a report including the advantages and disadvantages of each method including cost and risk reduction as well as sensitivity to cleanup levels and time constraints. The subcommittee will identify the greatest needs in the focus area and the reasons for identifying the technologies being developed. It should identify the difficulties in bringing the technologies being developed to fruition. The subcommittee will further address potential for industrial applications and pay-offs of the technologies being developed to DOE and industry, including foreign markets. The subcommittee should also identify new technologies which have scope for development. It should recommend actions as to what else should be done and how to accelerate the process. This information should be presented as a report to the parent committee. The subcommittee as a whole, or its members separately, will visit representative DOE Weapons Complex facilities to get first hand information and interact with scientists working at the sites. Topical reports as indicated above, as appropriate, and minutes of the subcommittee meetings, will be submitted as inputs to the work of CEMT. The subcommittee chairman will provide an annual report to CEMT on December 1st every year.

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