Nuclear Security: DOE Needs Better Information to Guide Its Expanded Recovery of Sealed Radiological Sources, Report to the Chairman, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 1MB]
"Concerns remain over the control of sealed radiological sources, widely used in many industrial and medical devices and applications. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Energy (DoE), and states have responsibilities for ensuring the safe and secure use and eventual disposal of these sources as low-level radioactive wastes. DOE must ensure disposal availability for greater-than-class C (GTCC) waste; states must do so for non-GTCC waste, that is, classes A, B, and C waste. NRC and DOE also collaborate to identify and recover unwanted sources that are not safe or secure. GAO examined DoE's (1) efforts to recover unwanted sources and develop a GTCC waste disposal option, (2) actions to recover and dispose of non-GTCC source waste, and (3) ability to identify sources for recovery and disposal. GAO recommends that DoE and NRC evaluate and report on the cost implications of DoE's recovery and disposal of non-GTCC waste, options to recoup these DoE costs from licensees, the feasibility of using DOE disposal sites, and how a national source tracking system can be designed and implemented to improve DOEs recovery and disposal efforts."
Government Accountability Office (GAO): http://www.gao.gov/