Oversight of Reform of the DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, One Hundred Ninth Congress, April 26, 2006   [open pdf - 560KB]

This is the compilation of the April 26, 2006 hearing on "Oversight of Reform of the DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and related agencies, of the Committee on Appropriations. From the GAO (Government Accountability Office) testimony of Gene Aloise: "The Waste Treatment Plant Project at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford site in southeastern Washington state is a massive effort to stabilize and prepare for disposal 55 million gallons of radioactive and hazardous wastes currently held in underground tanks. In 2000, DOE awarded an 11- year, $4.3 billion contract project to Bechtel National, Inc. (Bechtel) to design and construct the plant. Since then, numerous problems and changes have occurred that will significantly increase the project's final cost and completion date. This testimony discusses (1) how and why the project's cost and schedule have changed since 2000; (2) the status of DOE and Bechtel efforts to address these problems and improve project management ; and (3) our observations on issues that need to be addressed in going forward. It is based on previous GAO reports and ongoing work." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gene Aloise, Dale E. Klein, Clay Sell, and David O. Overskei.

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