ABSTRACT

Environmental Cleanup: Status of Major DOE Projects and Operations, Report to Congressional Addressees   [open pdf - 9MB]

From the Highlights: "EM [Office of Environmental Management] is responsible for the cleanup of hazardous and radioactive waste at sites and facilities that have been contaminated from decades of nuclear weapons production and nuclear energy research. EM divides its cleanup work into capital asset projects--those with defined start and end points--and operations activities-- recurring facility or environmental operations. GAO [Government Accountability Office] has identified DOE [Department of Energy] project management as a high-risk area because the department's record regarding management and oversight has left DOE vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. GAO's 2021 High-Risk Report identified numerous recommendations to EM to address this high-risk area. However, as of December 2020, 45 of these recommendations have not been implemented, including 19 that were made since GAO's 2019 High-Risk Report. GAO initiated a review to examine EM's performance and progress in managing its nuclear cleanup projects. This report (1) describes EM's largest capital asset projects, (2) describes EM's largest operations activities at selected sites, and (3) provides summary observations across the largest projects and operations activities GAO reviewed."

Report Number:
GAO-22-104662
Publisher:
Date:
2022-05
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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