Cleanup of the Nuclear Weapons Complex

State agencies and officials play an important role in the design and enforcement of site cleanup across the nuclear weapons complex. The nuclear weapons complex involves 23 sites in 14 states, but potentially impacts all states, as states may border a site in a nearby state or be impacted by the transport of waste between sites. In 1992, Congress passed the Federal Facilities Compliance Act (FFCA), which established new roles for the federal government and states in the cleanup mission. Each state, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), approved a site treatment plan that guides the long-term management of waste at each site. The clean-up work – measured by level of hazard, scope of activity and financial outlay – is the largest environmental management effort in the world.

The NGA Center for Best Practices provides technical assistance and serves as a liaison to DOE for states hosting or affected by legacy weapons production and research facilities. Since the passage of the FFCA in 1992, the NGA Center has convened a group of state regulators and policymakers from 13 weapons complex states, and significantly affected bordering states, known as the Federal Facilities Task Force (FFTF). States participate in the activities of the FFTF through representatives appointed by their governor.

The NGA Center, through the FFTF, facilitates interstate and state-federal communication on cleanup issues through semiannual meetings with DOE and other intergovernmental groups, regular newsletters, conference calls and publications. Topics the FFTF explores include:

  • Treatment and disposal of mixed, low-level and transuranic waste and disposition of nuclear materials;
  • Long-term stewardship of sites;
  • DOE budget requests and their effect on environmental cleanup and compliance at DOE facilities; and
  • Interstate waste and materials shipments.

NGA Resources

2021 Winter Meeting of the Federal Facilities Task Force

2021 Winter Meeting of the Federal Facilities Task Force

Virtual Meeting | January 13 – 14, 2021 The National Governors Association hosted the Federal Facilities Task Force (FFTF) Winter Meeting from January 13-14, 2021, via remote Zoom conference. The ...
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Nineteenth Annual Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy on Nuclear Weapons Waste Cleanup

Nineteenth Annual Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy on Nuclear Weapons Waste Cleanup

Virtual Meeting | November 17-18, 2020 The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the 19th Annual Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy on Nuclear ...
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2020 Spring Meeting of the Federal Facilities Task Force

2020 Spring Meeting of the Federal Facilities Task Force

Virtual Meeting | May 5 – 6, 2020 The National Governors Association hosted the Federal Facilities Task Force (FFTF) Spring Meeting from May 5-6, 2020 via remote Zoom meeting. The meeting featured expert speakers ...
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Eighteenth Annual Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy on Nuclear Weapons Waste Cleanup

Nashville, TN | November 19-21, 2019 The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the 18th annual Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy on Nuclear ...
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Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2019 Update for Governors

Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2019 Update for Governors

This guide, produced by the National Governors Association's (NGA) Energy, Infrastructure & Environment team, outlines successes and challenges faced by states and DOE in cleaning up nuclear weapons waste created ...
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Federal Facilities Task Force 2019 Spring Meeting on Nuclear Weapons Waste Cleanup

Augusta, GA | May 21 – 22, 2019 The National Governors Association leads the Federal Facilities Task Force, a group of governor’s appointees from a dozen states tasked with collaborating, ...
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Meeting of the Federal Facilities Task Force: Summer Meeting 2018

June 26 – 28, 2018 | Idaho Falls, ID The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ (NGA Center) Federal Facilities Task Force (FFTF) held its 2018 Summer Meeting on ...
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Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2015 Update for Governors

Governors play an important role in the nuclear cleanup effort by ensuring that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), their partner in overseeing the cleanup, adopts responsible disposal decisions that ...
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