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Choosing a new organization for management and disposition of commercial and defense high-level radioactive materials

Choosing a new organization for management and disposition of commercial and defense high-level radioactive materials

Davis, Lynn E. (Lynn Etheridge), 1943-; Steinberg, Paul, S

Following the President's decision in January 2010 to withdraw the license application for a geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, the Secretary of Energy established the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (BRC) to consider alternatives to the nation's current institutional arrangements for management and disposition of used fuel and defense high-level nuclear waste. In February 2012, the BRC issued its final report. Among its recommendations was a call for a new, single purpose organization to be established to replace the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that had been established under the authority of the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. The BRC suggested that a congressionally chartered federal corporation offers the most promising model, but the commission left open the possibility of alternative concepts to achieve the desired ends. In response to this recommendation, DOE asked the RAND Corporation to examine alternative organizational models for such a new management and disposition organization (MDO). Our study supports the work of DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy and the Management and Disposition Working Group (MDWG) formed to consider implementation options and activities

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2012

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Statement of responsibility: Lynn E. Davis [and four others], with Paul Steinberg [and four others]
ISBN: 083307640X, 0833078968, 9780833076403, 9780833078964
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-100).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 100 pages) : illustrations (some color), color charts.
Series: RAND Corporation monograph series ; MG1230
Subject: Radioactive materials.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Infrastructure.; SOCIAL SCIENCE General.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Public Policy Environmental Policy.; Radioactive waste disposal Government policy United States.; Radioactive wastes Storage Government policy United States.
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series ; MG1230.
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  1. Introduction
  2. Learning Lessons from the Past
  3. Exploring Potential Organizational Models
  4. Matching Organizational Models to Critical Organizational Attributes
  5. Designing a New Management Disposition Organization
  6. Appendix A: Comparison of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Bonneville Power Administration
  7. Appendix B: Summary of Organizational Characteristics of Canadian and Swedish MDOs
  8. Appendix C: List of Mixed-Ownership Government Corporations and Wholly Owned Government Corporations.