|For Immediate Release||April 25, 2000|
|Media Contact:||Rick Ford (803) 725-2889|
The latest advances in environmental cleanup science and technology are on display at the Department of Energy Environmental Management Science Program (EMSP) National Workshop in Atlanta, GA on April 25-27 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
Hosted by DOE's Office of Environmental Management and Office of Science, Idaho Operations Office, and Savannah River Operations Office, the workshop is bringing together more than 400 DOE cleanup program officials, basic research scientists, site end users, private industry representatives, regulators, and other interested parties to capitalize on DOE's investments in environmental science and technology. These investments-more than $225 million in competitively awarded research projects-are intended to provide data or alternative approaches that will lead to reduced risks and costs and improved timeliness for cleanup at DOE sites while simultaneously adding to our Nation's storehouse of fundamental science.
In the workshop's keynote address, Dr. Carolyn L. Huntoon, DOE Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, explained, "Our goal is to focus the nation's science infrastructure on critical issues facing the Department and the Nation by bridging the gap between fundamental research and needed technology deployment. In a time of no-growth budgets, it is vital that we align our objectives and look for ways to get the most out of our funding."
Special topics to be addressed during the workshop include science and regulatory standards, science and technology collection processes, DOE user facilities, and robotics. Breakout sessions on vadose zone remediation; characterization, fate and transport of contamination; barriers and separation materials; waste and radionuclide chemistry; chemical and physical analysis methods; and waste immobilization and performance will be held, and researchers will make poster presentations of their work.