The basic mission of OREIS is efficient retrievability and long-term retention of Department of Energy-Oak Ridge Operations (DOE-ORO) environmental data. Its primary users include DOE and its contractors and subcontractors who perform environmental restoration, compliance, and surveillance activities. Other users include the EPA, TDEC, other agencies, and the public.
OREIS is a centralized, standardized, quality-assured, and configuration-controlled environmental data management system. It is comprised of hardware, commercial software, customized integration software, the OREIS environmental measurements database, a geographic database, a spatial query tool, and documentation. OREIS fulfills the environmental information management obligations of the Department of Energy-Oak Ridge Operations DOE-ORO under an enforceable Federal Facility Agreement Docket No. 89-04-FF under Section 120 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Sections 3008(h) and 6001 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA). Given the advantages and cost-effectiveness of computer technology for managing massive amounts of data, parties to the Federal Facility Agreement and the Tennessee Oversight Agreement chose to create OREIS in order to automate the centralized storage and retrieval of environmental data.