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Nuclear Waste: DOE's Environmental Management Initiatives Report Is Incomplete
GAO-09-697R: Published: Jun 2, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2009.
The Department of Energy (DOE) spends billions of dollars annually to clean up nuclear waste at sites across the nation that produced nuclear weapons from the 1940s through the end of the Cold War. This waste can threaten public health and the environment. For example, contaminants at DOE's Hanford site in Washington have migrated through the soil into the groundwater, which generally flows toward...
Department of Energy: Contract and Project Management Concerns at the National Nuclear Security Administration and Office Of Environmental Management
GAO-09-406T: Published: Mar 4, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2009.
The Department of Energy (DOE) manages over 100 construction projects with estimated costs over $90 billion and 97 nuclear waste cleanup projects with estimated costs over $230 billion. DOE has about 14,000 employees to oversee the work of more than 93,000 contractor employees. Due to DOE's history of inadequate oversight and management of contractors, GAO continues to include DOE contract and pro...
Radioactive Waste: DOE Has Acted to Address Delay in New Facility at Livermore Laboratory, but Challenges Remain
GAO-03-558: Published: May 15, 2003. Publicly Released: May 16, 2003.
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, generates radioactive and hazardous wastes in the course of its research dealing with nuclear weapons. The laboratory's new Decontamination and Waste Treatment Facility is a $62 million complex that includes buildings designed for both temporarily storing waste and treating it for off-site disposal. A...
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...
Department of Energy: Office of Environmental Management's and Defense Programs' Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Requests
RCED-98-213R: Published: Jul 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal year (FY) 1999 budget requests, focusing on: (1) DOE's FY 1999 budget requests for funds that may not be needed; and (2) funding balances remaining from prior years--carryover balances--that may be available to reduce DOE's FY 1999 funding requests.GAO noted that: (1) it questioned about $110 m...
Department of Energy: Information on the Tritium Leak and Contractor Dismissal at the Brookhaven National Laboratory
RCED-98-26: Published: Nov 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the events surrounding the leak of the radioactive element tritium from a research reactor at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the resulting termination of Associated Universities, Inc., as the laboratory's contractor.GAO noted that: (1) because Brookhaven employees did not aggressively monitor its reactor's spent-fuel pool for leaks, years p...
Energy and Science Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-1996
IAP-95-20: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its Energy and Science issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 through 1996.GAO plans to: (1) examine the missions, organizational structure, and management practices of the Department of Energy (DOE) and related energy and science agencies; (2) determine whether the federal government is using the most cost-effective ways to deal with the safety, security, and environmen...