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  • Legacy management sites are divided into several categories, each governed by different federal regulations.  

    DOE becomes a licensee to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) Title I disposal sites managed by the Office of Legacy Management.  Uranium processing sites addressed by Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) Title II were active when the act was passed in 1978. These sites were commercially owned and regulated under a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license.

    DOE established the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) in 1974 to remediate sites where radioactive contamination remained from Manhattan Project and early U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) operations.

    The Office of Legacy Management currently manages seven sites where remediation was conducted in accordance with Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and/or Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. These sites were radiologically and/or chemically contaminated by federal milling, processing, research, and/or weapons manufacturing operations.

    For sites in the DOE Defense Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Program, the Office of Legacy Management ensures compliance with DOE Order 5400.1, "General Environmental Protection Program" and Order 5400.5, "Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment."

    Certain sites with low-level radioactive contamination remediated by the owner under the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Site Decommissioning Management Program can be transferred to the Federal Government under Section 151 of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA).

    Last Updated: 9/10/2012