Environmental Analysis

Members of the Environmental Analysis Team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provide comprehensive, integrated evaluations and assessments to Federal decision makers about the potential environmental, social, and economic effects of proposed Federal actions. The team has overall responsibility at ORNL for assisting Federal agencies in conducting environmental impact assessments and reviews as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including the preparation of environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs). Additionally, ORNL staff have prepared many support studies–for example, risk assessments, biological assessments, and natural resource management plans–as well as EISs for planned actions in other countries and Antarctica.

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EISs and related supporting studies have been a focus of ORNL’s work since the early 1970s, when nuclear power issues and large-scale energy projects had a high national priority. Since that time, ORNL staff have prepared more than 500 assessments. The staff of the Environmental Analysis Team have pursued applied research in the environmental and social sciences, as well as research to provide insights for planning, policy decisions, and assessments related to major energy and environmental issues of national and global concern. Most of the activities in the team are interdisciplinary and involve interactions with other research divisions at ORNL, as well as with other National Laboratories.

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For more information, contact:
Greg Zimmerman (zimmermangp@ornl.gov, 865-574-5815)