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Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585
Waste reduction and pollution prevention are integral elements of the
Department of Energy's responsibility for environmental performance and
stewardship. This sixth edition of the Annual Report of Waste Generation
and Pollution Prevention Progress describes the Department's progress during
Calendar Year 1997 toward achieving the Secretary of Energy's waste
reduction goals for radioactive, hazardous, and sanitary waste from routine
DOE has achieved its Complex-Wide Waste Reduction Goals for routine
operations. Waste generation decreased by 61 percent in 1997 as
compared to the 1993 baseline. Also in 1997, 671 waste reduction and
pollution prevention projects were completed at 31 of the Department's
36 reporting sites, resulting in a cost savings of $101.5 million. Since 1996,
the Department has succeeded in reducing waste by approximately
240,000 cubic meters, saving approximately $245 million through pollution
It is important to caution that increases recorded in 1997 in low-level
radioactive and low-level mixed routine operations waste generation
could reverse this accomplishment. It is crucial that DOE sites strive to
reduce routine operations waste generation for all waste types, ensuring
that the Department will maintain its progress toward its waste reduction
goals through December 31, 1999.
I urge the sites to renew their efforts to reduce waste generation through
pollution prevention activities. I look forward to reporting new and
continued progress in 1998 and beyond.
James M. Owendoff
Acting Assistant Secretary for
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