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Nuclear Waste: Uncertainties About Opening Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
RCED-96-146: Published: Jul 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the proposed opening of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in 1998, focusing on how well DOE is positioned to begin filling the repository in its first few years of operation as well as over the long term.GAO found that: (1) it is uncertain whether DOE can accomplish all of the work needed to comply with the Environ...
Motor Fuels: Issues Related to Reformulated Gasoline, Oxygenated Fuels, and Biofuels
RCED-96-121: Published: Jun 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the cost-effectiveness of reformulated gasoline (RFG), focusing on: (1) the potential for oxygenates to reduce petroleum use; and (2) ongoing federal biofuel research.GAO found that: (1) RFG is more cost-effective than some automotive emission control measures; (2) the extent and nature of air pollution in any specific area determine...
Federal Power: Recovery of Federal Investment in Hydropower Facilities in the Pick-Sloan Program
T-RCED-96-142: Published: May 2, 1996. Publicly Released: May 2, 1996.
GAO discussed Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) repayment of the federal investment in hydropower facilities and water storage reservoirs in the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, focusing on the: (1) portion of the investment that may not be recoverable; and (2) actions that could be implemented to recover a larger portion of the investment. GAO noted that: (1) about $454 million of the...
National Laboratories: Are Their R&D Activities Related to Commercial Product Development?
PEMD-95-2: Published: Nov 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent that the Department of Energy's national laboratories are engaged in basic and applied research or in research related to commercial product development.GAO found that: (1) the laboratories devoted more than half of their research and development (R&D) funds to commercial product development during fiscal year (FY) 1992; (2) most of the...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Controls Over the Commercial Sale and Export of Tritium Can Be Improved
RCED-91-90: Published: Mar 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the adequacy of the Department of Energy's (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) existing controls on the commercial sales and exports of tritium.GAO found that: (1) DOE and its contractor-operated Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) were slow to investigate the major shipper-receiver and internal tritium discrepancies that allegedly...
Nuclear Science: Effect of Conversion of Washington Nuclear Plant No. 1 on Debt and Electric Rates
RCED-89-88FS: Published: Mar 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) acquisition and conversion of a commercial nuclear power plant to a nuclear materials production facility.GAO noted that the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) agreed as part of a net billing agreement to pay the total annual maintenance costs of the power plant, including principal and interest on bonded debt, i...
Federal Electric Power: Controversy Relating to Construction of Transmission Lines
RCED-89-43: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1989.
GAO reviewed the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) justifications for conducting a joint transmission line construction project with other utility companies, particularly its proposed Craig/Bonanza line project, to determine: (1) the extent of WAPA participation in the project's costs and the resulting line capacity; and (2) whether WAPA construction activities comply with its legislative...
Federal Electric Power: Western Area Power Administration's Tracy/Livermore Transmission Project
RCED-88-19: Published: Oct 27, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) construction of an independent electric power transmission line to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and addressed an electric utility's concerns over the project's propriety.GAO found that: (1) DOE and WAPA believe that the project will improve the reliability and...
Energy Management: Problems With Martin Marietta Energy Systems' Affiliate Relationships
RCED-87-70: Published: Mar 5, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated a Department of Energy (DOE) contractor's actions in operating the DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory to determine whether: (1) the contractor's relationship with an affiliate violated DOE conflict-of-interest regulations; and (2) DOE maintained adequate control over the contractor's procedure for acquiring personal services from its parent company...
Federal Electric Power: Pricing Alternatives for Power Marketed by the Department of Energy
RCED-86-186BR: Published: Sep 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified alternatives to the Department of Energy's (DOE) power marketing administrations' (PMA) power-pricing practices.The alternatives discussed are those based on a cost-of-service objective and those based on criteria other than cost. GAO noted that the: (1) cost-of-service objective requires that the government or utility recover costs through elect...