[USC02] 50 USC 2586: Defense environmental cleanup technology program
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50 USC 2586: Defense environmental cleanup technology program Text contains those laws in effect on March 4, 2021

§2586. Defense environmental cleanup technology program

(a) Establishment of program

The Secretary of Energy shall establish and carry out a program of research for the development of technologies useful for-

(1) the reduction of environmental hazards and contamination resulting from defense waste; and

(2) environmental restoration of inactive defense waste disposal sites.

(b) Definitions

As used in this section:

(1) The term "defense waste" means waste, including radioactive waste, resulting primarily from atomic energy defense activities of the Department of Energy.

(2) The term "inactive defense waste disposal site" means any site (including any facility) under the control or jurisdiction of the Secretary of Energy which is used for the disposal of defense waste and is closed to the disposal of additional defense waste, including any site that is subject to decontamination and decommissioning.

(Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLIV, §4406, formerly Pub. L. 101–189, div. C, title XXXI, §3141, Nov. 29, 1989, 103 Stat. 1679 ; Pub. L. 105–85, div. C, title XXXI, §3152(g), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 2042 ; renumbered Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLIV, §4406, and amended Pub. L. 108–136, div. C, title XXXI, §3141(g)(7), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1765 ; Pub. L. 113–66, div. C, title XXXI, §3146(e)(7), Dec. 26, 2013, 127 Stat. 1077 ; Pub. L. 113–291, div. C, title XXXI, §3142(g), Dec. 19, 2014, 128 Stat. 3900 .)


Section was formerly classified to section 7274a of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare, prior to renumbering by Pub. L. 108–136.


2014-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 113–291 substituted "useful for-" for "useful for" before par. (1) designation and "; and" for ", and" at end of par. (1) and realigned margins of pars. (1) and (2).

2013-Pub. L. 113–66, §3146(e)(7)(A), substituted "environmental" for "waste" in section catchline.

Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 113–66, §3146(e)(7)(B), (C), which directed amendment of section by striking subsecs. (b) and (c) and redesignating subsec. (d) as (b), was executed by striking subsec. (b), which related to coordination of research activities, and redesignating subsec. (c) as (b) to reflect the probable intent of Congress and the amendment by Pub. L. 105–85, §3152(g), which redesignated former subsec. (d) as (c). See 1997 Amendment note below.

2003-Pub. L. 108–136, §3141(g)(7)(D), made technical amendment to section catchline.

1997-Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 105–85 redesignated subsec. (d) as (c) and struck out former subsec. (c) which required Secretary of Energy to submit to Congress not later than Apr. 1 each year a report on research activities of Department of Energy for development of technologies referred to in subsec. (a).