The Real Obstacle to Site Completion: Credible Post Remediation Sustainable Protection at Contaminated Sites with Residual Waste

Jan 12-13, 2006, Washington, D.C.

A day and a half workshop, for federal agencies with regulatory, stewardship and similar responsibilities for sites where radiological and other contamination requires sustained management when active remedial activities have been completed.

The purpose was to promote active informal discussion and review among these federal entities of the policies and guidance currently in place and being developed for this complex of issues. The discussion was convened by, and informed by work produced by the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP) and participating agencies.The workshop included a packet of background readings from EPA, NRC, DOE and CRESP (See below).

View Complete Workshop Agenda and Background Readings

Three fundamental questions of the Workshop:

  1. Are the time frames which flow from the several regulatory regimes reconcilable and/or adequate to properly shaping the task of sustained protection? If not, could they be?
  2. What are the key factors in both creating – and building the perception – that a series of protective mechanisms will, in fact, be sustained. Is the separation of remediation and stewardship inherent even in this workshop itself a mistaken view of the proper relationship between remedial choice and post-construction stewardship systems?
  3. What are the prospects for improving the coherence and integration of the several systems built to assure sustainable protection when more than a single federal agency is involved/has regulator responsibilities?
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