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Audit Report: IG-0525

September 24, 2001

Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response Training and Education Center's Marketing Program

The Fiscal Year (FY) 1994 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the establishment of Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response (HAMMER) Training and Education Centers at Department of Energy sites to provide training for handling hazardous materials. The legislation envisioned HAMMER training centers as user facilities for the Department, other federal agencies, and regional response personnel. The only center built to date is located at the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington. This center, opened in September 1997, has an average annual operating budget of $5.5 million.