DOE established the Environmental Sciences Laboratory (ESL) in Grand Junction, Colorado, in 1991 to support its programs. AS&T scientists use the ESL to perform applied research and laboratory-scale demonstrations of soil and groundwater remediation and treatment technologies.
DOE supports the development, standardization, and maintenance of calibration facilities for environmental radiation sensors. Radiation standards at the facilities are primarily used to calibrate portable surface gamma-ray survey meters and borehole logging instruments used for uranium and other mineral exploration and remedial action measurements. Standards for calibrating borehole fission neutron devices are also available, but are used infrequently.
We are dedicated to communicating accurate and timely information to communities impacted by former nuclear defense sites in order to protect human health and the environment. We are also committed to transparency, integrity, and empathy in all our work. People matter first to the CEO Team. We honor cultural heritage and cultivate and nurture relationships through communication, education, and outreach. We are the communication bridge between LM and the public.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Defense-Related Uranium Mines (DRUM) Program (Program) is a partnership between DOE, federal land management agencies, and state abandoned mine lands (AML) programs to verify and validate the condition of 2,500 defense-related uranium mines (mines) on federal public land by the year 2022. The Program builds on DOE’s DRUM Report to Congress effort, which found that 4,225 purchase records exist across the nation. These mines provided uranium ore to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission for defense-related activities that occurred between 1947 and 1970 and most are abandoned.
On February 11, 1994, Executive Order (EO) 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations was signed. EO 12898 states, among other things, that “each federal agency shall develop an agency-wide environmental justice strategy that identifies and addresses disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.
Our Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality programs protect our workers, the public, and the environment and integrate quality into the daily operations of our programs and projects.
Established November 10, 2015, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MAPR) is managed through a collaborative partnership by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to preserve, interpret, and facilitate access to key historical resources associated with the Manhattan Project.
The Legacy Management Post-Closure Benefits (PCB) Program includes the development, implementation, and oversight of the Department’s policy concerning the continuation of contractor pension and medical benefits after the closure of applicable DOE sites/facilities. This includes oversight of the administration and management of legacy contractor benefits in a fiscally responsible and effective manner. The primary program objective is to ensure a seamless transition of benefits administration after closure. This program is handled by the Office of Business Operations within Legacy Management.
DOE is the fourth largest federal land manager, conducting its mission at 50 major sites on 2.4 million acres across the country. In addition to land, DOE’s assets include distinctive world-class facilities; irreplaceable natural and cultural history; and rare assemblages of plants, animals, and mineral resources. Numerous sites and tens of thousands of acres of land will be transferred to LM after active environmental remediation has been completed. LM will act as a steward for lands under its authority, overseeing the proper management of these man-made and natural resources and ensuring their beneficial use for current and future generations.
LM has several sites that are regularly open to visitors. It’s important to us that members of the public have access to the information they need to be confident in the safety of our sites. Our visitor and interpretive centers provide valuable information to affected communities about the history of LM sites, their cleanups, and our ongoing long-term stewardship work.
The Records and Information group under Legacy Management’s Archives and Information Management (AIM) team is responsible for managing LM’s vast records holdings from legacy Cold War nuclear weapons production programs as well as current business records.
The Office of Legacy Management works closely with an array of Native American and Alaska Native stakeholders who are partners in our commitment to long-term monitoring and surveillance. We routinely collaborate on site inspections and environmental monitoring, document review, natural resources management, community outreach, and more. Below, find more details on our specific partnerships.
LM currently manages the Uranium Leasing Program and continues to administer 31 lease tracts, all located within the Uravan Mineral Belt in southwestern Colorado. Twenty-nine of these lease tracts are actively held under lease and two tracts have been placed in inactive status indefinitely. Administrative duties include ongoing monitoring and oversight of leaseholders’ activities and annual inspections to identify and correct safety hazards or environmental compliance issues.