DOE acknowledges its responsibility to safely manage spent nuclear fuel (SNF). The Secretary of Energy has publicly affirmed that current DOE policy and practice emphasize safety and environmental considerations above other program goals. DOE is formally committed to protecting the safety and health of its workers, the public, and the environment. Furthermore, DOE intends to design, construct and operate facilities in a safe manner, relying on lessons learned from the last 40 years of SNF management. DOE is working to rectify and eliminate any adverse environmental impacts from past programs.
United States Department of Energy, "Department of Energy Programmatic Spent Nuclear Fuel Management and Idaho National Engineering Laboratory Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Programs Final Environmental Impact Statement, Volume 3, Part B" (1995). All U.S. Government Documents (Utah Regional Depository). Paper 383.