The Dept. of Energy’s Office of Inspector General today released an audit report that looks at the legacy management of two closed sites — Fernald and Mound — both of which are in Ohio. Generally, the IG didn’t find major problems, but auditors did identify opportunities for more efficient use of funds.
The report also has an interesting summation under the heading of “Suggested Actions”:
“We recognize the contributions made by Fernald and Mound to national security over many years. Additionally, we acknowledge the value of appropriately honoring this work so it can be understood and appreciated by future generations and the importance of working with stakeholders on matters pertinent to Legacy Management sites. However, the cost of doing more than required by regulations is significant. Under these circumstances and in light of the current budget challenges facing the Department, we suggest that Legacy Management periodically reassess the benefits of these programs and make prudent adjustments as warranted.”