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Environmental Cleanup

October 21, 2011
The Savannah River Site Recovery Act Program workforce stands in front of the P Reactor, which was deactivated and decommissioned as one of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded projects across America. |  Photo courtesy of the Office of Environmental Management.
Celebrating Successes of Environmental Management Recovery Act Projects

The Office of Environmental Management marked a milestone at the end of last month as they completed 84 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded projects across America.

September 30, 2011
Colorized TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) micrograph of a cell of <i>Geobacter sulfurreducens</i> (orange) with its pili (yellow) stretching out like arms and immobilizing the uranium (black precipitate). | Image courtesy of Dena Cologgi and Gemma Reguera, Michigan State University
Geobacter: The Junk Food Connoisseurs of the Bacterial Kingdom

With a healthy appetitie for uranium and petroleum, this family of bacteria clean up nuclear waste and other toxic materials. A team of researchers has discovered exactly how they use their arms to do this.

September 22, 2011
Bill Picciano tells us about his job at the Energy Department's Savanna River Site. | DOE Photo
Two Years Later: Bill Picciano of DOE's Savannah River Site

We checked back in with Bill Picciano, who we last spoke to in October 2009 after he'd recently been hired at the Savannah River Site (SRS) through the Recovery Act. Now he's permanently employed at the Site as an Associate Engineer/Technical Support Specialist - a job he's proud to have.

September 16, 2011
Department of Energy Announces Next Steps for Asset Revitalization Initiative

The Department of Energy today announced next steps under the Asset Revitalization Initiative, a Department-wide initiative to examine ways to work with local communities to support the reuse of DOE resources at former Cold War weapons sites around the country.

September 12, 2011
Vitrification technology -- immobilizing material in glass -- is a practical and effective option for treating radioactive and hazardous chemical wastes. | Image courtesy of PNNL
A Roman Shipwreck and Safe Nuclear Storage

Glass discovered in a Roman shipwreck could unlock more answers about how glass will stands the test of time for millennia to come -- research that is very relevant to vitrification, an effective method for storing nuclear waste in glass.

August 18, 2011
Energy Secretary Steven Chu Statement on Final Report from Natural Gas Subcommittee

Washington DC --- The Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary Energy Advisory Board today submitted its final 90-day report on recommendations to reduce the environmental impacts from shale gas production to Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Earlier this year, President Obama announced a plan for U.S. energy security in which he instructed the Secretary of Energy to work with other agencies, the natural gas industry, states, and environmental experts to improve the safety of shale gas development.

July 22, 2011
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

All Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) projects are reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 – 42 U.S.C. Section 4321 et seq. The Department of Energy regulations that implement NEPA require OE to determine whether a proposal requires preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), an Environmental Assessment (EA), or a Categorical Exclusion (CX).

July 20, 2011
Learning from Gulf Coast Community Leaders

After hearing the stories about the work that leaders from the gulf coast and their organizations have done, it’s clear to me that they are changing the paradigm of gulf coast recovery -- changing the way buildings are developed in the gulf and creating a generation of green builders in New Orleans who work closely with low-income communities.

July 13, 2011
Selected Guidance & Requirements

This page contains the most requested NEPA guidance and requirement documents and those most often recommended by the Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance. Documents are listed by agency, in reverse chronological order. More extensive collections of documents are available on the individual pages for Guidance and Requirements pages. 

Requirements - Statutes

May 10, 2011
Improved cookstove in village of Santa Cruz de Lanchi, installed through Peru’s national cookstove program. | Photo credit: Ranyee Chiang, DOE
Department of Energy Planning Cookstoves Research, Releases Biomass Technical Meeting Summary

As awareness builds for clean-burning cookstoves in the developing world, the Department of Energy is working with other government agencies and NGOs to make stoves cleaner, more efficient and more affordable.