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Audit Report: IG-0558

June 7, 2002

Cost Sharing at the Ashtabula Environmental Management Project

From 1952 through 1988, RMI Titanium Company (RMI), a private company, performed work for the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies as well as for various commercial customers. RMI's commercial work involved processing uranium and non-radioactive metals, such as copper and copper alloys. Historically, the Federal Government has not reimbursed private companies for clean-up activities related to their commercial operations. However, in March 1993, the Department awarded RMI a 10-year, cost-reimbursable contract to clean up the RMI site in its entirety and adjacent grounds to a level that permits release of the site for unrestricted use.