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POGO Urges Department of Energy to Restore Access to Web Sites

January 14, 2002 


Today POGO urged Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to restore citizen access to the Department of Energy's web sites. "Withholding documents such as risk and environmental assessments only serves to create a barrier to real safety and security improvements by impeding meaningful dialogue," said POGO's Executive Director Danielle Brian in the letter.

Since taking down many of its web sites in November, the Department of Energy (DOE) has had two months to determine whether citizen access to web pages poses a threat to national security. A detailed list on the status of DOE's web pages compiled by the New Mexico-based Nuke Watch, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and its members can be found at:

On October 3rd, POGO wrote to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham expressing concern about detailed maps showing the exact locations of stores of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium in nuclear weapons facilities. In the wake of September 11th terrorist attacks, POGO was concerned that these documents provided a virtual road map to weapons-grade plutonium and uranium at nuclear bomb facilities. In the following weeks, the Department of Energy took numerous web sites down completely and, has since, failed to restore many of them. 

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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