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Nuclear Waste: Benefits and Costs Should Be Better Understood Before DOE Commits to a Separate Repository for Defense Waste
GAO-17-174: Published: Jan 31, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2017.
The information that the Department of Energy (DOE) provided to the President about whether a separate defense waste repository was required did not quantify cited benefits, when possible, show how these benefits could be achieved, or show the risks if certain benefits could not be realized as planned. In the information provided to the President, DOE stated that separate repositories for defense...
Waste Cleanup: Status and Implications of DOE's Compliance Agreements
GAO-02-567: Published: May 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2002.
The Department of Energy (DOE) spends between $6 billion and $7 billion annually to store, clean up, and monitor nuclear and hazardous waste at its sites. Various federal and state agencies with jurisdiction over environmental and health issues related to the cleanup are therefore involved in regulating and overseeing DOE's activities. Much of the cleanup activity has been implemented under compli...
National Ignition Facility: Management and Oversight Failures Caused Major Cost Overruns and Schedule Delays
RCED-00-271: Published: Aug 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Ignition Facility (NIF), focusing on the: (1) magnitude of NIF's cost and schedule overruns; (2) reasons for these cost and schedule problems; (3) effects of NIF's cost and schedule on other weapons and science programs; and (4) DOE's and Lawrence Livermore's actions to correct these problems...
Cooperative Research: Results of U.S.-Industry Partnership to Develop a New Generation of Vehicles
RCED-00-81: Published: Mar 30, 2000. Publicly Released: May 4, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a partnership between the federal government and three domestic automobile manufacturers called the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), focusing on: (1) the progress made to date toward achieving the partnership goals; (2) the historical federal funding levels; (3) the technologies being developed under PNGV; and (4) a comparison o...
Nuclear Security: Improvements Needed in DOE's Safeguards and Security Oversight
RCED-00-62: Published: Feb 24, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) oversight activities for nuclear laboratories' safety and security programs, focusing on: (1) the monitoring and tracking of findings resulting from DOE's oversight activities; (2) the correction, validation, and closing of findings resulting from such activities; and (3) the consistency of various DOE assessments o...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Status of Transparency Measures for U.S. Purchase of Russian Highly Enriched Uranium
RCED-99-194: Published: Sep 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the nuclear nonproliferation status of transparency measures for U.S. purchase of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU), focusing on: (1) the transparency measures that are in place; (2) whether these measures ensure that the nonproliferation objectives of the agreement are met; and (3) the proposals for additional transparency measures.GAO noted t...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Accelerated Cleanup Strategy Has Benefits but Faces Uncertainties
RCED-99-129: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: May 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Paths to Closure report, which details DOE's strategy to accelerate its hazardous waste cleanup efforts, focusing on the: (1) methodologies and assumptions used to develop the Paths to Closure report and any associated limitations; (2) uncertainties in the Paths to Closure report that may affect its usefulness; and...
Climate Change: Information on Limitations and Assumptions of DOE's Five-Lab Study
RCED-98-239: Published: Sep 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the study conducted by five Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories on reducing U.S. emissions through energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies, focusing on: (1) how the study's scope and methodology may limit its usefulness; (2) key assumptions that may have influenced the study's results; and (3) the study's role in th...
Nuclear Weapons: Capabilities of DOE's Limited Life Component Program to Meet Operational Needs
RCED-97-52: Published: Mar 5, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) ability to provide limited life components for nuclear weapons in the current active stockpile and the extent to which the components can be supplied to weapons reactivated from the inactive stockpile.GAO noted that: (1) DOE appears to be capable of providing limited life components for nuclear weapon...