The Energy Department's Office of Environment Does Not Have a Large Role in Decision-Making

EMD-80-50: Published: Jan 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1980.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environment (OE) has had problems influencing DOE decisions to select and develop energy technologies.

OE does not have a large role in decisions to select and develop energy programs and projects. However, OE has developed several processes which have made program officials more aware of the need to comply with environmental regulations as well as the need to incorporate environmental concerns into developing energy technologies. In addition, it was found that OE played a large role in influencing the DOE position on the Environmental Protection Agency's New Source Performance Standards for sulfur dioxide emissions. Although OE has taken steps to establish a good relationship with other Government agencies, agencies and environmental groups at the local level feel that it is difficult to make their views known. OE has been concentrating its efforts on assessing DOE actions to determine its compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, reviewing environmental impact statements, and identifying environmental concerns which need to be integrated into the planning and development of energy programs and projects. Thus, because of a lack of good program planning, OE efforts have not been fully incorporated into the decisions program offices make in developing technologies. OE has proposed that it be given a more positive role in the decision making process.

Dec 10, 2020

Dec 8, 2020

Nov 19, 2020

Oct 29, 2020

Oct 15, 2020

Jul 24, 2020

Jun 24, 2020

Jun 9, 2020

May 13, 2020

May 12, 2020

Looking for more? Browse all our products here