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Audit Report: IG-0600

May 23, 2003 

Oversight Funds Provided to Local Governments in the State of Nevada

Governments are entitled to exercise oversight of the Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain Project. Oversight funds provided by the Department may be used to review Yucca Mountain activities with the potential to affect local economies, public health and safety, and the environment. In Fiscal Years 2001 and 2002, ten local governments received a total of $12 million for oversight expenditures. The funds could also be used to request impact assistance; provide information to Nevada residents and the Secretary regarding activities of the Yucca Mountain Project; and, engage in any monitoring, testing, or evaluation of activities with respect to site characterization programs. Congress specifically prohibited the use of the funds to influence legislative matters, pay litigation expenses, or support multi-State efforts and other coalition building activities.