Securing U.S. Nuclear Material: DOE Has Made Little Progress Consolidating and Disposing of Special Nuclear Material, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 541KB]

"The Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes that a terrorist attack on a DOE site containing material that can be used in a nuclear weapon could have devastating consequences. DOE currently stores special nuclear material at 10 sites in 8 states. To reduce security costs, DOE plans to consolidate the material at fewer sites and dispose of material that it no longer needs. In 2005, DOE chartered the Nuclear Material Disposition and Consolidation Coordination Committee (the committee) to plan for consolidation and disposition of DOE's special nuclear material. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to (1) examine DOE's progress in consolidating and disposing of special nuclear material and (2) determine if DOE's plans to consolidate and dispose of special nuclear material can be implemented on schedule and within cost. To do this, GAO reviewed the committee's plans and discussed consolidation and disposition with DOE officials. GAO recommends that DOE (1) specify who in the department is responsible for final approval of the committee's plans and (2) require that the plans include descriptions of organizational roles and responsibilities and performance measures. In commenting on a draft of the report, DOE agreed with the recommendations but believed that the report did not sufficiently recognize DOE's progress."

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