The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for remediating sites contaminated with radioactive waste and other environmental hazards stemming from federal activities related to the production of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy research. H.R. 2389 would authorize appropriations for ongoing cleanup activities at the West Valley Demonstration Project, a nuclear waste remediation site in New York. The bill also would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report to the Congress on options for disposing of the site’s radioactive waste.
Assuming appropriation of the specified amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2389 would cost $345 million over the 2019-2023 period.
Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2389 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2029.
H.R. 2389 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).