Nuclear Regulation:

Cleanup Delays Continue at Two Radioactive Waste Sites in Ohio

RCED-93-156: Published: Jun 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the cleanup of low-level radioactive material at two sites in Ohio.

GAO found that: (1) the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) did not have a management strategy to address cleanup problems at radioactive waste sites until 1990; (2) the Site Decommissioning Management Plan was developed to provide a comprehensive strategy for cleaning up contaminated material in a timely manner; (3) in September 1985, the licensee reported that the Ohio sites met NRC cleanup criteria, but NRC surveys showed that the waste remaining did not meet its standards; (4) disputes over who owned the contaminated property contributed to early cleanup failures; and (5) current cleanup efforts are being complicated by state requirements and citizen concerns.

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