Nuclear waste management (21 - 30 of 36 items)
Nuclear Science: Developing Technology to Reduce Radioactive Waste May Take Decades and Be Costly
RCED-94-16S: Published: Dec 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1993.
GAO provided a supplement to its report on the advantages, costs, estimated schedules, and technical feasibility of five U.S. radioactive waste transmutation concepts.GAO found that: (1) the advanced liquid-metal/integral fast reactor (ALMR/IFR) concept is well advanced in comparison to the other proposed concepts, will remain relatively stable in geologic repositories, will cost up to $4.2 billio...
Nuclear Waste: Yucca Mountain Project Management and Funding Issues
T-RCED-93-58: Published: Jul 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) disposal program for highly radioactive waste, focusing on whether: (1) funding was adequate for DOE to meet its schedule for its site investigation project; and (2) DOE initiatives to streamline the site investigation could affect its technical quality. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has not requested sufficient funding for site investigation because of the...
Department of Energy: Project Management at the Rocky Flats Plant Needs Improvement
RCED-93-32: Published: Oct 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of the implementation of the project management process at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado, focusing on: (1) whether DOE and a contractor's implementation of the project management has led to problems affecting any additional projects; (2) what DOE and the contractor have done to identify project manageme...
Nuclear Waste: Status of Actions to Improve DOE User-Fee Assessments
RCED-92-165: Published: Jun 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of recommendations GAO made regarding DOE assessments of whether nuclear power plant operation fees cover the costs of the civilian nuclear waste disposal program.GAO found that: (1) DOE does not agree that it should automatically adjust disposal fees on the basis of annual inflation rates, citing the...
Nuclear Health and Safety: More Can Be Done to Better Control Environmental Restoration Costs
RCED-92-71: Published: Apr 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) degree of cost growth associated with the Department of Energy's (DOE) environmental restoration program; and (2) steps DOE can take to better manage and control cost growth.GAO found that: (1) since DOE has not updated or revised its 1988 total cost estimate for completing all environmental restoration work, GAO could not determine the ag...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Improving DOE's Management of the Environmental Cleanup
T-RCED-92-43: Published: Mar 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1992.
GAO discussed the overall management systems that the Department of Energy (DOE) will need to oversee the cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has put considerable effort into developing management systems to set priorities, estimate project costs, and track clean-up progress, but further efforts will be needed to provide management systems that ensure that clea...
Cleanup Technology: DOE's Management of Environmental Cleanup Technology
T-RCED-92-29: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its programs to develop environmental clean-up technology. GAO noted that DOE: (1) faces a difficult task in the cleanup of its nuclear weapons complex; (2) began the technology development program and started funding eight integrated clean-up projects to address such problems as contaminated soil and groundwater, buried waste, and under...
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: 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 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...