Environmental Remediation and Waste Processing and Disposal

 

The Environmental Management Research and Development Program provides for the development of technologies to safely expedite tank waste processing and tank closure, remediation of contaminated groundwater and soil, disposition of nuclear materials and spent (used) nuclear fuel, and deactivation and decommissioning of contaminated excess facilities.
The Environmental Management Research and Development program transforms science and innovation into practical solutions for environmental cleanup. The new technologies will transform the Environmental Management cleanup effort by reducing risk (technological, environmental, safety, and health), schedule, and cost. The Environmental Management
Research and Development program focuses on resolving technical challenges with an overall emphasis on transformational technical solutions in response to the highest priority needs of Environmental Management sites. Applied engineering and research demonstrating the technical feasibility of high-risk, high-payoff technologies are included. The Environmental Management Research and Development program matures technologies from concept/basic science through feasibility assessment and technology development (bench scale and scale-up testing and flow-sheet evaluation), then production-level demonstration, and finally to full deployment.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
81.104
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Tank Waste
•Conduct scientific research and development activities to provide the technical basis for supplemental low activity immobilization waste form and to provide a solution for the separation of Technicium-99 from the low activity waste and off-gas recycle streams.
•Develop advanced separations methods and alternative treatment technologies and demonstrate performance of alternate waste forms.
•Develop strategies and technologies to understand, optimize scale and accelerate tank waste characterization and develop targeted cleaning methods thus enabling waste processing and tank closure schedules to be accelerated and costs reduced.
•Support the Joint Cementitious Barriers Partnership / Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management demonstration on near and far-field transport modeling as well as continue to develop and validate various Cementitious Barriers Partnership software modules and continue to support multi-program activities to enhance the understanding of the long-term behavior of glass.

Nuclear Waste Management and Disposition
•Conduct scientific research and development activities that support the disposal of government-managed High Level Waste and DOE spent nuclear fuel.

Soil and Groundwater Remediation
•Test cleanup scenarios at key DOE sites through the use of Advanced Simulation Capabilities for Environmental Management limited user release toolset.
•Develop the technical basis using a systems-based assessment and management approach which will result in a risk-informed End State for the sites.
•Provide the scientific foundation for the advanced modeling, characterization, assessments, and remediation by the Applied Field Research Initiatives.
•Initiate a pilot demonstration of a new paradigm for long-term monitoring, Phase I – master geochemical variables.

Deactivation and Decommissioning
•Continue development and testing of innovative embedded sensors and long-term monitoring technologies for In-Situ Decommissioning.
•Initiate development of next generation robotic and/or tele-operated platforms to improve efficiency of decontamination and demolition operations.
•Initiate development of various long-term monitoring technologies to ensure the safe and cost-effective removal of Plutonium-238 from Savannah River Site’s Building 235-F. Fiscal Year 2015: Tank Waste
•Provide the technical basis, evaluate and recommend cost and environmentally acceptable strategies and technologies to manage Technetium-99, including removal of Technetium-99 from off-gas recycle processing streams.
•Demonstrate performance of alternate waste forms, support the Cementitious Barriers Partnership and long-term glass studies, and develop improved capabilities to optimize slurry mixing and transport waste loading including investigation and development of novel mixing methods.
•Continue development of strategies and technologies to understand, optimize scale and accelerate tank waste characterization and continue development of targeted cleaning methods thus enabling waste processing and tank closure schedules to be accelerated and costs reduced.
•Develop near-source tank separations, treatment and removal technologies for radionuclides of interest for possible development at the Hanford and Savannah River Sites.

Nuclear Waste Management and Disposition
•Build on previous aging management efforts to monitor safe storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel. An example of a potential application is the integration of the remote inspection camera with the corrosion monitoring module to monitor cask materials.

Soil and Groundwater Remediation
•Enhance Uncertainty Quantification, Parameter Estimation, and Sensitivity Analysis toolsets of the Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management user released toolset.
•Support the utilization of Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management. Initially Hanford, Savannah River, and the Nevada National Security Site will be targeted.
•Provide the scientific foundation for the advanced modeling, characterization, assessments, and remediation scenarios by the Applied Field Research Initiatives.
•Complete pilot demonstration of a new paradigm for long-term monitoring, Phase I – master geochemical variables.

Deactivation and Decommissioning
•Continue development of next generation remote and robotic platforms and smart tooling systems.
•Conduct a pilot project installing reliable sensors and remote network systems for long-term monitoring of containment release from permanently entombed Deactivation and Decommissioning facilities.
•Continue development of various technologies to ensure the safe and cost-effective removal of Plutonium-238 from Savannah River Site’s Building 235 F. Fiscal Year 2016: Tank Waste
•Develop the technical basis to identify, evaluate, and recommend cost-effective and environmentally-acceptable strategies and technologies to characterize, mitigate, and manage Technetium-99 in tank waste, including removal of Technetium-99 processing recycle streams.
•Develop predictive tools to predict and demonstrate the performance of alternate waste forms, support the Cementitious Barrier’s Partnership, continue long-term glass studies, and develop improved capabilities such as computational fluid dynamic tools to optimize slurry mixing and transport waste loading including investigation and development of novel mixing methods.
•Pursue technical efforts to develop strategies and technologies to understand, evaluate, optimize scale, and accelerate tank waste characterization and continue development of targeted cleaning methods thus enabling waste processing and tank closure schedules to be accelerated and costs reduced.
•Identify, develop, evaluate, and demonstrate near-source tank separations, treatment and removal technologies for radionuclides of interest for possible development at the Hanford and Savannah River Sites.
Nuclear Waste Management and Disposition
•Build on previous aging management efforts to monitor safe storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel. New Technology will support requirements for NRC license.
Soil and Groundwater Remediation
•Enhance Uncertainty Quantification, Parameter Estimation, and Sensitivity Analysis toolsets of the Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management user released toolset.
•Support the utilization of Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management. Initially Hanford, Savannah River, and the Nevada National Security Site will be targeted.
•Provide the scientific foundation for the advanced modeling, characterization, assessments, and remediation scenarios by the Applied Field Research Initiatives.
•Complete pilot demonstration of a new paradigm for a long-term monitoring, Phase I – master geochemical variables.
•Conduct deep borehole field test.
Deactivation and Decommissioning
•Develop the prerequisite level of project plans to facilitate and initiate development of next generation remote and robotic platforms and smart tooling systems to improve efficiency of decontamination and demolition operations.
•Continue development/testing of the GrayQb 3-D Radiation Mapping Device to validate and provide real time intensity and location readouts. Develop and test automated digital non-destructive assay methods optimization resulting in near-real time defensible data.
•Develop and test advanced coatings and materials to significantly reduce/eliminate radiolysis effects in radiological waste containment bags.
•Conduct final testing and seek commercialization of incombustible agents and fixatives with delivery systems for remote decontamination operations.
•Develop, test and conduct a pilot project, installing reliable sensors and remote network systems for long-term monitoring of containment release and movement from permanently entombed D&D facilities.
•Continue with further application of the ISD Sensor Network at entombed and/or facilities awaiting entombment to establish data to augment the existing compliance monitoring network.
Authorization
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act, Public Law 99-240; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 96-573; Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990, Public Law 101-615; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Public Law 93-438; Atomic Energy Act of 1954, Section 31, as amended, Public Law 83-703.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public, quasi-public, private industry, individuals, groups, educational institutions, organizations, and nonprofit organizations may apply including State or local level governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and institutions in U.S. Territories and possessions may apply. Determinations are made by DOE EM Headquarters or EM Field Offices, or both.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, affected Indian tribes, regional organizations, (including U.S. Territories) local governments, and the public will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation
Cost will also be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education or as otherwise defined in the financial assistance instrument. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. A formal proposal by the organization interested in doing the work must be submitted through an appropriate official of the corporate entity, organization, or institution. Financial assistance requests will be reviewed pursuant to the Office of Environmental Management Merit Review System (May 5, 1991) and the DOE Financial Assistance Manual, as amended.
Award Procedure
Award decisions may be made by DOE Headquarters throughout the fiscal year.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The approximate approval/disapproval time is from 2 months to 1 year.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
From 120 to 180 days. Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by DOE Headquarters, the field, or both.
How are proposals selected?
Research must be beneficial to the overall accomplishment of the program objectives and consistent with the criteria of the EM Merit Review System (i.e., technically meritorious, qualified principal investigators, adequate facilities for conduct of the work, past experience and performance history).
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance is provided in support of the program objectives. Restrictions on the use of funds depend on the provisions of the specific project agreement. Applicants must meet the guidelines established by DOE or contained in the specific Congressional authorization for a particular program being supported.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. At a minimum annual progress reports are required. Frequency of progress reports will be determined at time of award. Expenditure reports will be required. The type and frequency will be determined at time of award. Performance monitoring will be determined at time of award.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the contract or grant period and before final close-out. The extent and frequency of audits depend on the size of the contract/grant and the specific contract/grant provisions.
Records
A grantee is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate the total costs incurred under the grant or cooperative agreement. In addition, if cost sharing is required, the grantee is also expected to maintain auditable records for the cost sharing portion of the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Match requirements will be determined depending upon the award.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length and time phasing of assistance will vary with the program phase and activity. The maximum term of an award is 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Latrincy M. Bates Office of Soil and Groundwater Remediation, EM-12
1000 Independence Ave., SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: latrincy.bates@em.doe.gov Phone: 301-903-7654
Website Address
http://www.em.doe.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
89-0240-0-1-053; 89-0242-0-1-053.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $17,424,000; FY 15 est $14,000,000; and FY 16 est $14,510,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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