In February 1994, Congress directed that the Department of Energy immediately terminate its Advanced
Liquid Metal Reactor Program (Reactor Program) and close the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR II).
The Reactor Program was a scientific effort to test and develop advanced nuclear reactor technology using
EBR II. The Reactor Program and EBR II are located at the Argonne National Laboratory-West site in
Idaho. The Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology (Nuclear Energy), is the Headquarters
program office responsible for this effort. To date, the Department has provided about $444 million for
termination activities, of which about $55 million has been spent specifically on EBR II closure. The
objective of the audit was to determine whether the Department and Nuclear Energy had taken action to
achieve the expeditious closure of EBR II.