Dealing With Enormous Problems in the Nuclear Weapons Complex

T-RCED-89-6: Published: Feb 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1989.

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GAO discussed actions the Department of Energy (DOE) should take to clean up and modernize its nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that DOE: (1) needs to address the cleanup and decontamination of its existing facilities as they are retired from service; (2) needs to clearly define the environmental cleanup problems to be resolved; (3) should prioritize the sites that require immediate cleanup; (4) needs to account for the types of technology and procedures to be used; (5) needs to hire a quality technical work force to manage and accomplish cleanup operations; (6) needs to establish an independent organization to oversee its internal safety program; (7) should implement its safety policy and standards at its existing facilities and in the design of new facilities; and (8) should develop a spending plan to ensure effective use of available funds.

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