Resource Training Institute

Environmental Laws and Regulations Course

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DOE, contractors or commercial employees new to the field of waste management environmental compliance, or environmental restoration, employees who may need an update on recent changes in environmental laws or regulations, employees with detailed knowledge of some environmental laws and regulations who need an understanding of the full breadth of these laws and regulations, or any employee who needs an overall understanding of the environmental laws and regulations governing DOE activities.

This 3-day course focuses on the environmental laws and regulations as they apply to DOE environmental management programs. Using examples from the DOE sites, the course addresses challenges such as: high level waste storage in tanks and treatment for disposal; transuranic waste characterization and disposal; low level waste disposal; mixed low level waste treatment, storage, and disposal; environmental compliance associated with operational facilities or restart issues; the repository program; decommissioning activities; and materials transportation.

Through presentation of the historical aspects of DOE environmental management activities, students obtain a context for understanding how DOE's challenges (contaminated sites and facilities, stored waste inventories, etc.) evolved, and how they can be addressed. Information is provided through lecture, discussion, breakout groups, and videos. Students also receive a detailed manual suitable for future use as a handy reference.

Significant time is spent on the Atomic Energy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) including case studies and breakaway groups to enable students to explore these laws and their impact on the EM program in depth. The remainder of the class discusses a number of additional laws and regulations (such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and many more) at a sufficient detail to enable students to become familiar with the requirements and recognize when they should seek additional expertise within their organization. Laws and regulations covered in this class are: AEA, NEPA, RCRA, FFCA, CERCLA, CWA, CAA, OSHA, SDWA, TSCA, HMTA, PAAA, EPCRA, NWPA. A comprehensive exam (open book) measures whether students learned the material presented in this class.

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