Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (1 - 10 of 17 items)
Yucca Mountain: Information on Alternative Uses of the Site and Related Challenges
GAO-11-847: Published: Sep 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.
The future of the Yucca Mountain project in Nevada--originally designated for permanent storage of nuclear waste--is uncertain. Since 1983, the Department of Energy (DOE) has spent billions of dollars to evaluate the Yucca Mountain site for potential use as a nuclear waste repository. In February 2010, the President proposed eliminating funding for the project, and in March 2010, DOE filed a motio...
Yucca Mountain: DOE Has Improved Its Quality Assurance Program, but Whether Its Application for a NRC License Will Be High Quality Is Unclear
GAO-07-1010: Published: Aug 2, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2007.
Nuclear power reactors generate highly radioactive waste. To permanently store this waste, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been working to submit a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain about 100 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the project has been beset with delays, in part because of persistent problems with its...
Information Security: Software Change Controls at the Department of Energy
AIMD-00-189R: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed software change controls at the Department of Energy (DOE), focusing on: (1) whether key controls as described in agency policies and procedures regarding software change authorization, testing, and approval complied with federal guidance; and (2) the extent to which agencies contracted for year 2000 remediation of mission-critical systems and invo...
Nuclear Waste: Impediments to Completing the Yucca Mountain Repository Project
RCED-97-30: Published: Jan 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Yucca Mountain Project, focusing on: (1) adjustments DOE made to the disposal program due to reduced appropriations; and (2) potential impediments to achieving DOE's objectives and schedule for the repository project.GAO found that: (1) because DOE did not receive the amount of appropriations requested for fiscal...
Department of Energy: Unethical Conduct at DOE's Yucca Mountain Project
OSI-96-2: Published: Sep 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated allegations of conflicts of interest at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Yucca Mountain Project, focusing on whether: (1) the DOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) properly implemented and adequately enforced federal standards of ethical conduct and DOE ethics regulations; and (2) failure to implement DOE ethics standards...
Nuclear Waste: Comprehensive Review of the Disposal Program Is Needed
RCED-94-299: Published: Sep 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO audited the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, focusing on the need for: (1) a comprehensive independent review of the radioactive waste disposal program; and (2) fundamental policies for program guidance.GAO found that: (1) the Secretary of Energy has undertaken several initiatives to address problems in the rad...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Has Terminated Research Evaluating Crystalline Rock for a Repository
RCED-89-148: Published: May 22, 1989. Publicly Released: May 22, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed whether and to what extent the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with requirements to phase out funding for all existing research programs that evaluated the suitability of crystalline rock as a potential host medium for a nuclear waste repository.GAO found that DOE: (1) terminated funding for research programs that specifically evaluated crys...
Nuclear Waste: Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of September 30, 1988
RCED-89-22FS: Published: Nov 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided its quarterly report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to implement the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, focusing on the: (1) nuclear industry's and Nevada's comments on the DOE draft plan for investigating the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site; and (2) DOE and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) efforts to streamline the l...
Nuclear Waste: Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of June 30, 1988
RCED-88-204BR: Published: Aug 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed key nuclear waste program activities occurring in the quarter ending June 30, 1988, and related activities occurring in July 1988.GAO found that: (1) in May 1988, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued final point papers on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Yucca Mountain draft site characterization plan, finding that DOE inadequately considered...
Nuclear Waste: Status of DOE's Nuclear Waste Site Characterization Activities
RCED-87-103FS: Published: Mar 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) planned site characterization activities under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.GAO found that: (1) in January 1987, DOE extended some site characterization milestones by 5 years; (2) each site had unique technical problems that DOE needed to resolve, including the potential for radioactive groundw...