The Department of Energy is not a regulatory agency; however it does self-regulate its own radioactive waste and is governed by a variety of statutes, legislation, regulations, directives and guidance. Many of the current compliance-related actions revolve around waste and material disposition that are governed by National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Impact Statements and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act Records of Decision. DOE is currently revising its radioactive waste management regulation, DOE Order 435.1, and a link is provided for those activities, including the Complex-Wide Review Report, which is an analysis associated with implementation of the current requirements.
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Compliance and other legal documents illustrate and help support the development of effective compliance approaches and strategies.
Performance & Risk Assessment Community of Practice (P&RA CoP)
The goal of the P&RA CoP is to foster exchange of information regarding performance assessments & risk analysis in support of environmental decisions.
Regulatory Compliance – National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
During the early stages of the planning process for a proposed action, the DOE considers National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance.
Low-Level Waste Disposal Facility Federal Review Group (LFRG)
LFRG is an independent group within EM that ensures, through review, that DOE radioactive waste disposal facilities are protective of the public.
Spent Nuclear Fuel
EM’s mission includes safely and efficiently managing its spent nuclear fuel and preparing it for disposal in a geological repository.