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Inquiry Report: I01IG001

November 13, 2001

Review of Alleged Conflicts of Interest Involving a Legal Services Contract for the Yucca Mountain Project

In September 1999, the Department of Energy awarded a contract to the law firm of Winston & Strawn in connection with the Yucca Mountain Project (the Yucca legal contract). Specifically, Winston & Strawn was to assist the Department with a potential license application to be submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the event Yucca Mountain is approved as the site for a repository for the nation's high-level radioactive waste.