The Office of
Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
(OCRWM) is a program of the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) assigned to develop
and manage a federal system for disposing
of spent nuclear fuel from commercial
nuclear reactors and high-level radioactive
waste from national defense activities.
OCRWM was established in 1982 under the Nuclear
Waste Policy Act. The OCRWM Program Director reports
to Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman.
The OCRWM Program includes:
- Program Management – Program management activities are administered from
Washington, DC. Responsibilities include oversight
of quality assurance, program planning and administration,
program management and integration, external interactions,
human resources, and the OCRWM budget.
- Yucca Mountain Project – The Yucca Mountain site is located in Nye
County, Nevada, approximately 100 miles northwest
of Las Vegas. For two decades, the OCRWM conducted
scientific and engineering investigations at Yucca
Mountain to determine its suitability as a nuclear
- Science and Technology Program – The program explores technological
improvements that could enhance the performance, safety,
and efficiency of the repository at Yucca Mountain,
and/or reduce the costs of the civilian radioactive
waste management system.
- Waste Acceptance and
Transportation – Headquartered in Washington,
DC., responsibilities include development of waste
acceptance, storage and transportation systems. Activities
also include interactions with other waste owners,
generators and international waste management programs.
- Document: Program History [pdf]
Last reviewed 09/07