Since the 1992 enactment of the Federal Facilities Compliance Act, the U.S. Department of Energy Office and states have worked together to clean up the nuclear weapons complex.
The research, testing and production of America’s nuclear arsenal that began during World War II and continued throughout the Cold War was critical to U.S. national security. However, this work resulted in significant environmental contamination at sites across the country. That contamination is now the focus of the largest environmental cleanup effort in the world. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM) spends more than $6 billion per year to fund cleanup activities and manage the cleanup sites. States play an important role in the cleanup partnership, overseeing the cleanup effort and working with DOE EM to ensure that federal and state laws are followed and that cleanup decisions are transparent, responsible and equitable. The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices’ Federal Facilities Task Force (FFTF) is a forum in which states directly affected by the cleanup effort can communicate with each other and with DOE EM on waste disposal…