Nuclear Waste:

Supplementary Information on Problems at DOE's Inactive Waste Sites

RCED-88-229FS: Published: Sep 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1988.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the number of inactive waste sites and the extent of environmental contamination at three Department of Energy (DOE) installations.

GAO found that: (1) DOE waste disposal practices at the three installations contributed to radioactive and chemical substance pollution of the environment; (2) each installation reported high soil contamination levels at its sites; (3) DOE is investigating possible groundwater contamination at two of the installations; and (4) as of August 17, 1988, the DOE inventory of inactive waste sites was 3,276, and the number could increase after DOE completes its nationwide inventory.

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