Nuclear waste disposal (31 - 40 of 42 items)
Nuclear Waste: Operation of Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility Is Unlikely by 1998
RCED-91-194: Published: Sep 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the alternatives of storing spent nuclear fuel exclusively at utility reactor sites or transferring the waste to a federal facility for monitored retrievable storage (MRS), focusing on the: (1) likelihood of an MRS facility operating by 1998; (2) legal implications if the Department of Energy (DOE) is unable to take delivery of wastes in 1998; (3)...
Nuclear Waste: Changes Needed in DOE User-Fee Assessments
T-RCED-91-52: Published: May 8, 1991. Publicly Released: May 8, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) procedures for annually assessing the adequacy of the fee that utilities pay for disposal of spent nuclear fuel. GAO noted that: (1) the nuclear waste program was susceptible to future budget shortfalls; (2) without a fee increase, the civilian waste nuclear program might be underfunded by at least $2.4 billion; (3) inflation was the major contributin...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Expenditures on The Yucca Mountain Project
T-RCED-91-37: Published: Apr 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of appropriated funds for completing a scientific investigation needed to obtain a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license to construct and operate a nuclear waste repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. GAO noted that: (1) DOE was not ready to begin on-site investigations, originally scheduled for 1987, until 1991 because it took longer th...
Nuclear Waste: Changes Needed in DOE User-Fee Assessments to Avoid Funding Shortfall
RCED-90-65: Published: Jun 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to implement nuclear waste legislation.GAO found that: (1) the nuclear waste program might be susceptible to future budget shortfalls; (2) without a fee increase, the civilian waste part of the program might be underfunded by at least $2.4 billion; (3) DOE has neither paid its share of costs...
Environmental Problems at the Department of Energy's Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-89-12: Published: Feb 24, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1989.
GAO discussed the environmental issues facing the Department of Energy (DOE) in cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that: (1) DOE needed to clean up existing contamination in soil and groundwater and bring its facilities' operations into full compliance with environmental laws; (2) the estimated costs for cleaning up existing contamination would total between $35 billion and $65 bil...
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...
GAO Views on Monitored Retrievable Storage of Nuclear Waste
T-RCED-88-55: Published: Jul 26, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1988.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) proposal to construct and operate a monitored retrievable storage (MRS) facility for the permanent disposal of highly radioactive wastes. GAO found that: (1) although the Nuclear Waste Policy Act envisioned MRS for long-term storage, DOE proposed MRS for waste handling and temporary storage purposes; (2) DOE concluded that, although various alternativ...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Should Base Disposal Fee Assessment on Realistic Inflation Rate
RCED-88-129: Published: Jul 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1988.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) annual assessment of the nuclear waste disposal program fee, focusing on DOE treatment of inflation in assessing fee adequacy.GAO found that: (1) in June 1987, DOE recommended that the disposal fee remain unchanged, even though its analysis showed that, at a 4-percent inflation rate, the current fee would result in end-of-program deficits of $21 billio...
Nuclear Waste: Information on Cost Growth in Site Characterization Cost Estimates
RCED-87-200FS: Published: Sep 10, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) testing and site characterization for the three sites it is considering for the first repository for the permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste.GAO found that: (1) in 1981, cost estimates of site characterizations ranged from $60 million to $80 million per site; (2) recent changes in program milestones h...
Nuclear Waste: A Look at Current Use of Funds and Cost Estimates for the Future
RCED-87-121: Published: Aug 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear waste management program to: (1) compare the use of fiscal year (FY) 1985 program funds with the approved budget; (2) assess the effects of schedule delays on program costs; and (3) assess the life-cycle cost estimates.GAO found that: (1) although Congress appropriated $327.7 million from the Nuclear Wast...