Nuclear Waste Cleanup: Enhanced Coordination, Prioritization, and Leadership Commitment Could Improve DOE Research and Development Efforts, Statement of Nathan Anderson, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Energy, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Highlights: "R&D [research & development] has played an essential role in EM's [Environmental Management's] efforts to clean up contamination from decades of nuclear weapons production and energy research. Such R&D has led to safer, more efficient, and more effective cleanup approaches. Prior studies have found that investments in R&D could reduce the future costs of EM's cleanup efforts. These costs have increased by nearly $250 billion in the last 10 years and are included on GAO's [Government Accountability Office's] High Risk List. However, funding designated for nuclear cleanup R&D has declined since 2000. This testimony discusses the extent to which EM (1) coordinates R&D across the EM complex, (2) prioritizes cleanup-related R&D efforts, and (3) has had sustained and consistent leadership commitment. [...] In its October 2021 report, GAO made four recommendations, including that DOE [Department of Energy] develop (1) a system to collect R&D information across the complex and (2) a comprehensive approach to prioritizing R&D. DOE concurred with both recommendations and is considering how best to implement them."
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