Nuclear facilities (31 - 38 of 38 items)
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Weaknesses in DOE's Nonnuclear Consolidation Plan
RCED-93-56: Published: Nov 19, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans for consolidating nonnuclear weapons production facilities, focusing on the DOE Nonnuclear Consolidation Plan's (NCP) scope, cost analysis, and technical risk assessment.GAO found that: (1) the selection of a single site as the preferred consolidation option was flawed because DOE did not fully consider other...
Uranium Enrichment: Analysis of Decontamination and Decommissioning Scenarios
RCED-92-77BR: Published: Nov 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the adequacy of a $500- million annual deposit into a fund to pay for the cost of cleaning up the Department of Energy's three aging uranium enrichment plants, focusing on four different scenarios, including a: (1) fixed annual $500-million deposit into a fund to cover estimated decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) costs; (2) $500-million annu...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: GAO's Views on DOE's Reconfiguration Study
T-RCED-91-19: Published: Mar 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) January 1991 Nuclear Weapons Complex Reconfiguration Study. GAO noted that the study: (1) was only the first step in developing a more detailed plan, which would include an environmental impact statement on reconfiguring the complex; (2) recommended a smaller complex in the future, but did not clearly specify what the complex would look like in 2015;...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Long-Term Plans to Address Problems of the Weapons Complex Are Evolving
RCED-90-219: Published: Sep 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) cost estimates for modernizing and cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex.GAO found that: (1) over the next 20 to 30 years, it could cost from $125 billion to about $155 billion to modernize and address the complex's environmental problems; (2) DOE developed a 5-year plan for environmental restoration and waste man...
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Decommissioning Cost Estimates Appear Low
RCED-88-184: Published: Jul 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the: (1) adequacy of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) cost estimates for decommissioning nuclear power plants and fuel-cycle facilities; and (2) methods that utilities and operators could use to ensure the availability of decommissioning funds.GAO found that: (1) the NRC cost estimates were low because they did not consider the costs o...
Nuclear Science: DOE Should Provide More Control in Its Accelerator Selection Process
RCED-86-108: Published: Apr 4, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) review and selection process for approving the Southeastern Universities Research Association's proposal to plan, manage, and operate a continuous electron beam accelerator facility (CEBAF).GAO found that DOE used unsolicited proposals in selecting the facility's design, which resulted in DOE: (1) approving a contra...
Economic Impact of Closing Zion Nuclear Facility
EMD-82-3: Published: Oct 21, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1981.
GAO compared the costs of terminating operations at the Zion nuclear electric-generating facility near Chicago, Illinois, versus adding the necessary safety requirements to protect the surrounding population. It also discussed the financial and power supply impact that termination would have on the Commonwealth Edison Company and its customers.Continued use of the Zion facility will require expend...
Considerations for Commercializing the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor
EMD-77-5: Published: Nov 29, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1976.
The liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) is regarded as an essentially inexhaustible source of energy. A July 1975 Report by GAO and a subsequent statement by the Administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) concurred in the opinion that the LMFBR program is still in a research stage, and that in the mid-1980's, a determination could be made about the acceptabili...