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Environmental Cleanup

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

June 22, 2011
National Electricity Delivery Division (NEDD)

Timely, accurate and defensible policy and market analysis is a key ingredient to building and sustaining successful programs at DOE. The National Electricity Delivery Division coordinates OE's policy-related activities which include:

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.

March 16, 2011
Ener-G-Rotors' 5kW prototype system | courtesy of Ener-G-Rotors
Turning Waste Heat into Power: Ener-G-Rotors and the Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program

If you’ve ever driven by an industrial plant, you’ve probably noticed big white plumes rising from the tops of the facilities. While it might look like smoke or pollution at first glance, most of the time those white plumes are comprised of steam and heat, or what Ener-G-Rotors CEO Michael Newell calls waste heat. Mike and the researchers of Ener-G-Rotors are finding ways to use this escaped steam and turn it into energy.

February 22, 2011
Demolishing Decay at the Hanford Site

Check out this epic demolition video from the Hanford Site in Washington state. But its more than just great footage -- this represents important progress in the cleanup of the environmental legacy of one of America's most famous scientific undertakings -- the Manhattan Project.