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A Record of Decision provides the justification for the treatment(s) chosen at a particular site for a specific task.

It includes:

  1. description of the background of the project,
  2. statement of the decision made,
  3. synopses of other alternatives considered, why treatments that might impose lesser intervention were not selected,
  4. basis for the decision,
  5. alternatives,
  6. reference to relevant standards,
  7. related collections affected by the proposed work,
  8. pertinent stewardship policies and plans,
  9. records of past treatments,
  10. findings on any impairment of Society collections, stewardship practices, policies, mission and values.
  11. measures to minimize and mitigate any adverse effect,
  12. other supporting material,
  13. overview of Society involvement in the decision-making process
  14. upon completion, a final Treatment Report, along with any records generated during the treatment, included as a supplement.


A record of decision (ROD) is a term and process (revise here) borrowed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the preparation a Draft adn Final Environmental Impact Statements.

"Record of Decision - An official document that states the decision on a selected remedial action, jointly agreed to by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and..[state departments]. It includes a responsiveness summary and a bibliography of documents that were used to reach the remedial decision. The responsiveness summary includes all comments that were received from regulators and the general public, and the Laboratory's response to these comments. A Record of Decision also documents all Removal Actions that have taken place during a project."

Record of Decision, The Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor Decommissioning Project, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, NY


Model Record of Decision, Library, Resource Center, Office of Property Disposal, U.S. General Services Administration.

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