Nuclear Health and Safety:

DOE's Progress in Implementing Its 1985 Initiatives

RCED-87-73FS: Published: Mar 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO monitored the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of initiatives to strengthen environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) programs, to provide information on: (1) the status of the initiatives; and (2) planned DOE actions to complete the initiatives.

GAO found that DOE has: (1) made progress in implementing all but one of the initiatives; (2) completed reorganization of ES&H activities; (3) revised six ES&H orders governing the conduct of its operations; (4) completed field work for its environmental surveys at eight facilities; (5) completed safety technical proposals for 10 facilities; (6) begun operating an ES&H information reporting and tracking system; and (7) issued several specific environmental memorandums to field offices governing various environmental aspects of its operations. GAO noted that DOE has not yet developed a plan outlining specific ES&H training needs.

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