Nuclear Health and Safety:

Status of GAO's Environmental, Safety, and Health Recommendations to DOE

RCED-90-125: Published: Apr 20, 1990. Publicly Released: May 22, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in resolving problems at its contractor-operated sites, focusing on the status of GAO recommendations concerning environmental, safety, and health matters relating to the nuclear weapons complex.

GAO noted that: (1) since 1980, it had made 54 specific recommendations to DOE on various environmental, safety and health matters; and (2) open recommendations to DOE called for program control improvements and clearer standards and policies related to environmental, safety, and health matters. GAO found that: (1) DOE took corrective actions to fulfill 31 of the 54 GAO recommendations; (2) Congress established a Defense Nuclear Facilities Board to oversee operations within the nuclear weapons complex; and (3) DOE has instituted changes that should result in a higher degree of sensitivity to environmental, safety, and health matters.

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