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About the Center and Program

The Center for Sustainable Groundwater and Soil Solutions is the hub of the applied science and technology development program for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) EM-32 Office of Groundwater and Soil Remediation.  The Center, managed and operated by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), provides comprehensive and coordinated applied science and engineering resources and actively fosters collaboration among the DOE laboratories and sites, federal agencies, universities and industry, regulators, and public stakeholders in support of DOE EM's national cleanup mission. A key philosophy held by the Center personnel is that one should develop solutions that synergistically combine technologies, meet remedial objectives, minimize the problem, minimize the collateral environmental impacts, and emphasize low energy use and sustainability.

A primary objective of the Center is to develop, demonstrate, and transfer technologies and strategies that address the DOE’s priority environmental risks, as well as those environmental risks faced by private and public organizations nationally. To reach that objective, scientific and technical advances are balanced with non-technical realities of implementation (e.g, safety, cost, stakeholder needs, sustainability, and collateral effects). 

As an applied science center of DOE at SRNL, the products and services will:
  • provide a bridge to bring advances in basic research into practical use;
  • facilitate the development, testing and support for technologies that employ natural and enhanced attenuation where appropriate;
  • advance the matching of technologies to site specific problems and the follow-on implementation of these technologies;
  • facilitate the development, testing and support of environmental remediation technologies that reduce energy use and minimize collateral damages -- develop new strategies for soil and groundwater cleanup that incorporate metrics related to the environmental impacts associated with the action; and
  • capture and provide relevant information for use by technology innovators and environmental service providers through a central clearinghouse.



Link to the Department of Energy's Environmental Management Office

Last updated: December 10, 2009