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Audit Report: ER-B-98-09

July 15, 1998

Disposal of Tritium Residues at the Los Alamos National Laboratory

In 1991 the Secretary of Energy directed the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health to form a Task Group to review tritium facility management practices and identify measures to improve tritium operations. The Task Group issued a report in October 1991 stating that there was an overall lack of attention to managing tritium residues throughout the Department of Energy (Department) complex. The Task Group reported problems at specific Departmental sites, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos). The Task Group stated that Los Alamos had not stressed the importance of maximizing tritium utilization; minimizing the generation of tritium residues, such as scrap and waste; or minimizing the loss of material through environmental releases.