The Role of Certification Dockets in Documenting Completion of Environmental Management Closure Sites


T. Vassilowitch


The Environmental Management Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for remediation at sites that became contaminated by the DOE or a DOE predecessor agency. When a site is cleaned a Certification Docket, originally intended for the public audience, is compiled to document successful completion and to release the site with or without restrictions. Over several years, the formats of these Dockets have varied and with the transfer of the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, for which several Dockets have been completed, from the DOE to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as with the establishment of the Office of Long Term Stewardship, it became necessary to reevaluate the role of the Certification Dockets as part of Environmental Management (EM) site closure. Five Dockets were examined and interviews were done with those who compiled the Dockets or those who were a potential audience. Through this process, it is clear that the needs of the audiences have changed and so to efficiently obtain as much information as possible, supporting documents should be bound in a second volume and greater detail of the hazards of the radiological contaminants should be provided. Independent Verification, an essential aspect to both LTS and the public, should be summarized in the Docket and the final report should be included in the second bound volume.


This abstract was presented at the 35th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration", Regulatory Issues Session, 2/17/2002 - 2/20/2002, held in Orlando, FL.

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