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Audit of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Oversight of Irretrievable Well Logging Source Abandonments

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number
Report Type
The audit objective was to determine the adequacy of the NRC’s handling and processing of irretrievable well logging source abandonments.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Develop an environmental assessment to be used in support of exemptions related to the approval of temporary storage locations for abandoned well logging sources

Review and standardize processes and guidance related to the handling and processing of irretrievable well logging source abandonments

Collaborate with the regions and the NMSS to establish policy and agencywide positions related to well logging source abandonments

Develop guidance to support analysis of exemption requests

Develop consistent guidance across all regions to clarify the processes and procedures for documenting abandonment notifications and licensee reports, and to ensure consistency and completeness for abandonment event documentation in ADAMS