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Battelle Environment Matters

Battelle Environment Matters

Battelle Implements Scalable Processes for Cost-Effective Independent Peer Review

Battelle is a trusted provider of Independent External Peer Review (IEPR) services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As a result of knowledge gained while supporting USACE over the past decade, Battelle has adjusted its IEPR processes to better meet their needs. The new, scalable IEPR process can be easily adapted to meet specific schedule and cost requirements for USACE and other clients.

The IEPR process provides government agencies and other organizations with access to objective, independent expert reviewers to evaluate decision documents (most often environmental impact statements or feasibility reports). For USACE, IEPRs assess the economic, engineering and environmental aspects of Civil Works projects and studies. In particular, they address the technical soundness of the project’s assumptions, methods, analyses and calculations, and identify the need for additional data or analysis to make effective decisions regarding implementation of the project or selection of alternatives. Battelle supplies subject matter experts (IEPR panel members) from throughout the country with backgrounds specific to each project being reviewed to ensure that these goals are met. 

Since 2006, Battelle has conducted more than 200 IEPRs for USACE, including Civil Works water resources projects and engineering design projects requiring safety assurance reviews. These projects are critical to improving human lives, restoring the environment and protecting private and public infrastructure. 

Battelle provides access to experts in a broad range of engineering and environmental fields, including geotechnical and structural engineering, hydrology and hydraulics engineering, geomorphology, ecology, fisheries biology, and environmental law and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. In addition, Battelle can reach back to expertise from across all of Battelle—including engineering, analytical services, public health, computer modeling and statistics—to meet specific project needs. This access to specific expertise allows us to quickly put together a team for each project that is ready to go on day one. 

The peer review process is now completely scalable, allowing agencies to select the service level appropriate for their project. Depending on the project, that might mean two reviewers focused solely on environmental issues or a team of 10 to 12 reviewers looking at a mixture of environmental, economic, engineering and public health issues. The Battelle team can work with the client to scale the review process to the project’s specific needs and develop a project plan that meets their timeline and budget. Our process is informed by a deep understanding of the required elements for a quality review, ensuring that the final product will fully meet the client’s objectives for costs and quality.