The Department of Energy has awarded an estimated $2.6 million to the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices to work collaboratively with governors to solve the continued challenges posed by waste management and cleanup at DOE sites, the DOE’s Office of Environmental Management announced on July 5.
Through the cooperative agreement, awarded according to the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the center will continue to provide a forum for states to work directly with the DOE on a wide array of subjects, including budget and regulatory issues, waste treatment and disposal options, and equitable decisions on waste management.
The noncompetitive financial assistance cooperative agreement has five-year performance period, from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2028.
Background: Based in Washington, D.C., the NGA is a bipartisan association of the nation’s governors. Teams from the Center for Best Practices work with state policy leaders and other experts in fostering information sharing between states to research, develop, and implement solutions to public policy challenges.
DOE-EM is responsible for the cleanup of the nation’s Cold War environmental legacy resulting from decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.