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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) regulation of its program for transporting high-level radioactive materials.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Energy||1. In accordance with the provisions of DOE Order 5480.3, the Secretary of Energy should promptly develop written guidance for addressing and resolving safety-related concerns raised about the packages used to ship nonweapons, high-level radioactive materials. This guidance should include provisions for approving the continued use of these packages by an organization that does not manage their use.|
|Department of Energy||2. The Secretary of Energy should: (1) promptly conduct an independent review of all available documentation to ensure that package designs approved for transporting nuclear explosives, nuclear components, and special assemblies meet all applicable safety regulations; and (2) consolidate certification responsibilities for these packages with the centralized package certification program at DOE headquarters.|