DOE Cleanup

Status and Future Costs of Uranium Mill Tailings Program Gao ID: T-RCED-96-167 May 1, 1996

The Energy Department (DOE) is seeking to clean up contamination resulting from decades of processing uranium ore as part of the U.S. nuclear weapons and energy program. Under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978, DOE was required to clean up inactive sites, while private owners and operators were required to clean up sites that were active when the law was passed. This testimony discusses (1) the status and cost of DOE's cleanup program and (2) factors that could affect future federal government costs.

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