GAO - Government Accountability Office

01/13/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2021 10:41

Nuclear Waste: Congressional Action Needed to Clarify a Disposal Option at West Valley Site in New York

A commercial facility in western New York reprocessed used nuclear fuel into usable nuclear material. It closed in 1976 but wastes remain.

In 1980, Congress directed the Department of Energy to clean up part of the site. Since 2011, for example, Energy has demolished 51 of 55 structures, shipped 1.3 million cubic feet of radioactive waste off-site for disposal, and put other radioactive waste in interim storage on site.

However, there are no facilities authorized to accept this waste for disposal.

Congress should consider indicating how Energy is to proceed and possibly create a pathway for disposal of some of this radioactive waste.