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Audit Report: IG-0813

February 18, 2009

The Department's Management of Nuclear Materials Provided to Domestic Licensees

Since the 1 9501s, the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies have provided nuclear materials, including various forms of uranium and plutonium, to academic institutions, conlmercial facilities and other government agencies. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 provided authority for these materials to be loaned or leased for research, educational or medical purposes, or for other projects consistent with the Department's mission. As of the end of September 2007, 101 domestic facilities had Departmentowned nuclear materials in their possession.

Topic: National Security and Safety