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Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Department of Energy’s Mounting Environmental Cleanup Costs

Apr 24, 2019
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced today that the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 1 at 10:30 am in 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) cleanup of nuclear and hazardous waste sites. The hearing is entitled, “DOE’s Mounting Cleanup Costs: Billions in Environmental Liability and Growing.”

“The Department of Energy faces nearly $500 billion in environmental liabilities related to cleaning up nuclear and hazardous waste left over from Cold War weapons production and federal energy research. This waste poses serious risks to human health and the environment,” Pallone and DeGette said. “Our hearing will continue the Committee’s longstanding efforts to ensure the Department of Energy is effectively managing cleanup of these deadly hazards. We also want to know why the environmental liabilities continue to skyrocket even though the agency is investing more in cleanups.”

Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, witness list, testimony and a live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.