The mission of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board is to perform unbiased and ongoing technical and scientific peer review of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) nuclear waste management activities. The Board makes an essential contribution to increasing confidence in the scientific process and to informing, from a technical and scientific perspective, decisions on nuclear waste management. The Board provides objective technical information to Congress, the Administration, DOE, government and non-government organizations, and the public on a wide-range of issues related to spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste management and disposition.
NWTRB Strategic Plan
The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board’s Strategic Plan describes the Board's mission and the vision and values that underlie the Board’s work and the development of the Board’s Strategic Objectives and performance goals. As an independent Federal agency in the Executive Branch, the Board is committed to effectively carrying out its legislative mandate to "… evaluate the technical and scientific validity of the Department of Energy's activities related to managing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste." The Board’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018 - 2022 provides a roadmap to guide the Board in achieving its Strategic Objectives and Performance Goals and a benchmark, against which to evaluate the Board’s performance in meeting those Goals and Objectives in the years ahead.
NWTRB Enabling Legislation - Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (NWPAA) of 1987
The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (1987) [Public Law 100-203-December 22, 1987, Part E] directs the Board to evaluate the technical and scientific validity of activities undertaken by the Department of Energy related to implementing the NWPAA.