Network of National Laboratories for Environmental Management and Stewardship (NNLEMS)
The Department of Energy (DOE) Offices of Environmental Management (EM) and Legacy Management (LM) jointly sponsor the Network of National Laboratories for Environmental Management and Stewardship (NNLEMS).
The NNLEMS establishes a partnership of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) managed by DOE. This partnership advances the effectiveness of the scientific and technical expertise in the DOE National Laboratory Complex toward meeting the objectives of both EM’s legacy nuclear waste cleanup mission and LM’s long-term surveillance and maintenance mission. As FFRDCs, national labs conduct business in a manner befitting their special relationships with the government, to meet special long-term research or development needs for DOE. They operate in the public interest with objectivity and independence and remain free from organizational conflicts of interest.
The NNLEMS, led by SRNL, functions as an interface or focal point for information exchange, consensus building, and coordination to facilitate EM’s and LM’s ability to access and leverage the capabilities of the national labs.