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Oversight Failures Behind the Radiological Incident at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 12, 2015   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the June 12, 2015 hearing on "Oversight Failures Behind the Radiological Incident at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant" held before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce House of Representatives. From the opening statement of Tim Murphy: "This is the hearing on the 'Oversight Failures Behind the Radiological Incident at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.' Today we will review a costly series of oversight failures at two important Department of Energy sites. These failures contributed to a radiological leak last year at one of the sites, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, known as WIPP, which serves to dispose in mined salt caverns certain types of radiological waste from our Nation's nuclear weapons programs. This leak, along with a separate truck fire the week before, exposed management and oversight shortcomings both at WIPP and at one of the Nation's premier national laboratories, the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos, it turns out, was the source of the radiological material and the errors that caused a reaction in the material that burst a container in WIPP's underground facility. Since the incident, WIPP has been shut down, and the Department has embarked on remediation, training, and rebuilding that will cost taxpayers an estimated $240 million just to restart limited operations next year. All told, it may ultimately cost more than $500 million before full operations are estimated to commence in 2018, and there are reports of DOE fines or settlements of some $73 million." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Madelyn Creedon, Mark Whitney, Theodore A. Wyka, Allison B. Bawden, and Tim Murphy.

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Serial No. 114-54
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2015
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