Nuclear Regulation: Slow Progress In Identifying and Cleaning Up NRC's Licensees' Contaminated Sites, Report to the Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 516KB]

"NRC has not yet completed its ongoing review to identify sites requiring additional cleanup. Through December 1994, an NRC contractor had reviewed about 29,000 (about 75 percent) of an estimated 38,500 terminated licenses. Thus far, NRC has identified 22 sites that exceed its guidelines for radioactive contamination and therefore require further cleanup. Documentation for another 895 terminated licenses was inadequate to determine whether the sites meet NRCs guidelines. Consequently, as of March 15, 1995, NRC was in the process of obtaining additional information about the nature and extent of the contamination resulting from these licenses. The total number of sites that could require additional cleanup will not be known until NRC obtains this information and completes its review of the remaining 9,500 terminated licenses. NRC expects that the contractors review will be completed in 1996. However, according to NRC, it will take several additional years to review the contractors work and conduct inspections that may be needed to assess the contamination at the sites."

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