January 31, 2006
The Inspector General said it was a huge waste of millions of your tax dollars, but now the audit of the Savannah River Site’s demolition of buildings is a closed matter.
You might remember this News 12 investigation from last May, showing you how auditors found $45 million of your taxpayer money was wasted tearing down the wrong buildings, those that posed little or no risk to environment, safety or health.
Finally the Department of Energy Management has responded, and the auditor released the agreement they reached.
The Secretary for Environmental Management has agreed to reanalyze the scope of tear down of buildings, added certain high-risk buildings to the tear down list, and told Washington Savannah River Company to plan for more tear downs beyond the current contract.
The inspector General’s report added that Energy Department Management could have done more in considering risk when tearing down buildings, but acknowledges there’s little to be gained by pursuing the matter any further.