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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the current status of the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) and other facilities that treat radioactive waste and transform it into a more stable glass form; and (2) cost, schedule, management, technical, and other issues that may affect the DWPF program.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Energy 1. The Secretary of Energy should direct that an assessment and comparison of the ion-exchange process (IXP) technology and the in-tank precipitation (ITP) process/precipitate hydrolysis process (PHP) be prepared to determine whether DOE should accelerate its planned efforts to replace ITP/PHP with IXP.
Closed - Implemented
DOE conducted the recommended study. An accomplishment report is being prepared.

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