TABLE OF CONTENTS
A. CRESP Scholarly
D. Task Groups
A Summary of Work
1995 - 2000
I. The CRESP Program: An overview
The Consortium for Risk Evaluation
with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP) is a partnership
among university researchers (See Consortium Members) working
to help the US government make decisions about cleaning
up the nation's nuclear weapons sites.
A. CRESP Responds to Stakeholders
CRESP investigators have carried out projects in which stakeholders are involved in various steps of the project cycle. A recent paper "Stakeholder Participation: Experience from the CRESP program" describes examples of CRESP's approach to community based research. (Goldstein et al., Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology (2000) 2, 103-111.)
B. CRESP Efforts Inform Better Policy
A CRESP program held at the EMSP National Workshop April 2000 told how and why science from CRESP is being used directly to impact decisions that improve regulatory response and the very structure of regulation governing DOE environmental management activity.
View Presentation Can Science Really Foster Better Public Policy Decisions?" April 26, 2000
New scientific data and technology can release both regulators and regulated entities to explore new approaches to complex or chronic regulatory problems. The resulting collaboration can result in more timely, more cost-effective and protective regulatory compliance requirements. In a word, better risk information can, when it is credible and targeted, facilitate risk-based compliance. This is a major finding of the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation.
CRESP, a university-based interdisciplinary research effort, has generated some key examples of how new risk information is improving the regulatory environment in some specific instances. CRESP wants to shared this information and the processes it is opening up to help expedite sound remediation at several large DOE sites. Presentations and posters presented at a meeting held on April 12, 1999 in Washington, DC demonstrate how CRESP work is relevant to the role of science in policy making.
View Presentation "Responsive Science: Forging Regulatory Resolution at DOE Sites" April 9, 1999
In 2000 at the request of the manager of the Savanah River Site (SRS) CRESP reviewed the risk prioritization process as it shapes the SRS integrated priority list. CRESP experience over the last 5 years in the areas of public health and safety, environmental protection, worker health and safety, cost effectiveness, and public and community relations contributed to the report.
The Risk Prioritization Process as it Shapes the SRS Integrated Priority List: An Initial Review of the Savannah River Site Model (2000) View Full Report
CRESP Peer Review Committee reviewed the recent history of the use of risk analysis by the US Department of Energy in prioritizing and sequencing its environmental management activities. The report evaluates the processes developed by the Department to determine public, worker and ecological risks at DOE sites.
Peer Review of the US Department of Energy's Use of Risk in its Prioritization Process (1999) View Full Report
D. CRESP Looks to the Future
A recent presentation by CRESP director Charles W. Powers summarizes the accomplishments of CRESP during the first 5 years and shows how CRESP research has impacted CRESP focus and mission.
View Presentation "CRESP" October 18, 2000
By any traditional measure used to evaluate the work of academics, CRESP has achieved its purpose. The Scholarly Products List details an expansive list of publications that have emerged from the CRESP process. One finds 213 peer reviewed articles and over 75 in press and submitted manuscripts and over 460 presentation and posters to stakeholder groups (including regulators). Most of these publications are direct contributions to knowledge of the methodological discussions that are vital to the evolution of knowledge in the areas on which DOE depends for its cleanup activities.
The CRESP Scholarly Products list contains over 1120 entries including 213 published manuscripts appearing in the peer reviewed literature.
CRESP reseach activities resulted
in 214 peer reviewed articles that represent work in all
8 of CRESP task groups. One of the best ways to
understand the work CRESP has done is to look this peer
CRESP research has focused on the analysis of the impacts of future use alternatives at major Department of Energy sites. The following selected researcher reports and publications illustrate CRESP's work in this area.
The reports have been selected to highlight three areas of CRESP research at Department of Energy sites: Future Land Use, Economic Considerations, and Biomonitoring for Stewardship. Within each topic papers are arranged according to individual sites and those applying to all Nuclear weapons complex.
To ensure the scientific soundness, reliability, and credibility of studies, procedures, or reports of major importance to CRESP and its stakeholders, CRESP organizational plan called at the outset for the establishment of a committee of independent experts who could provide the timely, knowledgeable, and objective peer review needed for the purpose. To this end, nationally recognized leaders in the pertinent disciplines were appointed to a standing Peer Review Committee, which operates independently of all other CRESP units. Thus far, the committee has evaluated a number of selected studies, work plans, research strategies, and issues judged by CRESP scientists or others to be pivotal to the resolution of key questions.
View List of Peer Review Committee Members
A. Peer Review of the U.S. Department of Energy's Use of Risk in its Prioritization Process (1999)
The report evaluates the processes developed by the Department to determine public, worker and ecological risks at DOE sites.
B. CRESP Improving DOE/EM Risk Information: Content and Format. Conclusions and Recommendations from Two Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP) Working Meetings (1997)
This document provides recommendations to DOE about how to improve their use of risk information in the FY 1998 budget formulation process. An expert panel, composed of individuals possessing expertise in relevant scientific and technical disciplines and general knowledge of Department of Energy sites, conducted the effort.
C. CRESP Review of Risk Data Sheet Information for FY 1998 (1996)
This document is an independent review of the quality, completeness, and utility of the data submitted by the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management's field offices in support of their FY 1998 budget. A National Review Panel, composed of individuals possessing expertise in relevant scientific and technical disciplines and general knowledge of Department of Energy sites, conducted the effort. The Assistant Secretary of Environmental Management requested the performance of this review.
D. CRESP Peer Review of the FY 1998 Budget Formulation Process of the US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (1996)
E. Review of the ATSDR Report entitled, "Preliminary Public Health Assessment for Monticello Mill Tailings (DOE) Monticello, San Juan County, Utah CERCLIS No.UT3890090035, December 28, 1995"
D. Task Groups