Wnat has been written about the Majuro meeting (who said what and why) is not so important as what the Marshallese heard and comprehended. The transcript clearly indicates that the DOE spokesman's answers to questions were not compatible with past DOE advice and that the Marshallese recognized this and objected (see Pages 49 and 58, December 9, Attachment 3). I reported this problem to DOE staff and to management of Operational Safety--nothing happened, and the Rongelapese have underscored this with their rejection of DOE visitors and with their later evacuation. Still nothing was done to correct the errant advice and to respond to their questions. Now “U.S. government officials” are criticizing the evacuation and are quoted in the press as stating unequivocally that Rongelap is. safe, a question the DPO was unwilling to agree to in Majuro (see Attachment 3, December 9, Page 28, and Attachment 9). Even though DOE's credibility with the Rongelap people may be zero, and whether the compact is approved or not, I suggest DOE has an obligation to correct obvious numerical errors and to clarify its radiation protection policy in the Marshalls. In the past that policy was to evaluate radiological conditions against radiation protection standards, to recognize that the DOI is the agency responsible for health and safety in the Marshalls, and to look to DOI for any decisions related to health and safety in the Marshalls, and for communication of such decisions to the Marshallese. DOE looks to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to DOI, not to the Marshallese, for decisions on radiological issues (see Attachment 18). I have identified the problems in the Marshalls but there are also contributing factors within DOE in the management of programs: l. No approved program plan has ever been issued for DOE‘s 2. Coordination of radiclogical protection issues with 3- Less than adequate utilization of DOE technical resources. 4. No liaison with EPA since 1982. 5. No independent overview. radiological protection efforts in the Marshalls. Headquarters' safety staff is almost non-existent.