Peer Review

peer reviewWERC has created strong ties with universities, state and federal governmental agencies, and multiple industries. Each entity plays an important role in the peer review activities of the consortium. WERC has assembled teams comprised of universities, national laboratories, and industrial partners to solve specific technical challenges faced by stakeholders.

As an academic partnership, WERC uses open channels of communication with the academic, industrial, and the consulting engineering community to identify and team with appropriate individuals for peer review processes. Focusing its evaluative efforts on technical merit and customer requirements, WERC‘s team efforts meet the needs of each individual client.

Examples:

  • For Westinghouse, WERC assembled an independent committee to review the final report for the Engineered Alternatives Cost/Benefit Study of WIPP as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the compliance application for receiving and disposing of transuranic waste.
  • A review of available and alternative technologies for underground septic tank systems was performed for the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County that helped provide guidance in policy development and technology application.
  • WERC involvement in the Sandia Mixed Waste Landfill (MWL) includes two peer reviews. In August 2001, WERC completed a technical peer review to determine the scientific adequacy of a study of the historic performance of the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) mixed-waste landfill and its safety. Following are documents related to the review. In January 2003, WERC concluded a peer review of the Corrective Measures Study that was issued by Sandia National Laboratories and conducted by the New Mexico Environment Department in November 2002. Following are documents related to the Corrective Measures Study.
  • In 2003, WERC performed an independent technical review of the performance of potential alternatives to remediate explosive residues at the Massachusetts Military Reservation site for the Massachusetts National Guard. The review process focused on developing a list of available technologies, evaluating a subset of appropriate technologies and resulted in recommendations on the most effective technology applications.