Domestic cleanup of legacy defense nuclear waste and contamination from activities during World War II and the Cold War comprises the largest environmental cleanup project in the world, involving 107 total sites across 35 states. To date, cleanup has been completed at 91 of those sites; however, remaining environmental liabilities are estimated to be between $279 billion – $335 billion (in 2018 dollars), with cleanup activities anticipated to last into 2075 or beyond.
by Bevin Buchheister
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with five other intergovernmental groups and the U.S. Department of Energy, hosted the 21st annual Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy on Nuclear Weapons Waste Cleanup from November 30 – December 1 in New Orleans. At this event, NGA Center also hosted the Fall Meeting of the Federal Facilities Task Force (FFTF), a network of Governor-appointed representatives from 13 states with regulatory authority over the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup efforts.
This annual meeting convenes state, local, tribal and federal officials to discuss priorities and strategies for managing and storing defense nuclear…