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GAO's Views on DOE's 1991 Budget for Addressing Problems at the Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-90-33: Published: Mar 2, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1990.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) 1991 budget request relating to cleaning up and modernizing its nuclear weapons complex. GAO noted that: (1) to more effectively deal with its problems, DOE restructured its programmatic and safety organizations, issued a 5-year plan for environmental restoration and waste management, and undertook efforts to make contractors more accountable for envi...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Savannah River's Unusual Occurrence Reporting Program Has Been Ineffective
RCED-90-53: Published: Dec 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Unusual Occurrence Reporting (UOR) program at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.GAO found that Savannah River Site personnel reported to DOE headquarters only 39 percent of significant reactor-related events under UOR requirements, because: (1) DOE oversight of contractor activities was inadequate; (2) DOE h...
Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1: Work Still Needed to Improve Accuracy of Reserve Estimates
RCED-90-16: Published: Dec 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a Department of Energy (DOE) contractor's reserve data revisions for Naval Petroleum Reserve Number 1, an oil field jointly owned by the federal government and an oil company.GAO found that: (1) the revised data was inaccurate and outdated because the contractor was unable to conduct technical field analyses within the contract period; (2) the cont...
Nuclear Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
RCED-90-1: Published: Dec 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) 5-year program for demonstrating its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) capacity for safe disposal of transuranic (TRU) wastes produced by DOE atomic energy defense activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the 5-year test program to help determine WIPP compliance with 1985 Environmental Protection Agency (EP...
Nuclear Health and Safety: DOE's Award Fees at Rocky Flats Do Not Adequately Reflect ES&H Problems
RCED-90-47: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Department of Energy (DOE) considered environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) matters in its contract award fee determinations for the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility.GAO found that the DOE award fee determinations: (1) downplayed a variety of significant ES&H problems through questionable classifications and omissions...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Information on Award Fees Paid at Selected DOE Facilities
RCED-90-60FS: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal years 1987 and 1988 award fees to contractors at six facilities, focusing on the extent to which DOE considered environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) matters in evaluating contractors' performance and determining award fees.GAO found that DOE: (1) rated the overall performance of five of...
Perspectives on the Potential of Clean Coal Technologies to Reduce Emissions From Coal-Fired Power Plants
T-RCED-90-3: Published: Oct 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1989.
GAO discussed its reviews of the: (1) extent to which pending acid rain control legislation could influence utilities to consider using clean coal technologies; and (2) Department of Energy's (DOE) process for evaluating and selecting demonstration projects for funding under its Clean Coal Technology Program. GAO noted that: (1) surveyed utilities indicated plans to use clean coal technologies for...
Nuclear Waste: Quarterly Report as of March 31, 1989
RCED-89-178: Published: Aug 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, focusing on: (1) the status of an unsuccessful bidder's pending lawsuit over alleged conflict-of-interest violations under a pending DOE management contract; (2) concerns about the legal risks of using a management and operating-type contract; and...
Energy Management: DOE Has Not Shown Systems Contracting to Be in Government's Best Interest
RCED-89-118: Published: Jun 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) operating contractors' use of systems contracting to determine whether DOE ensures that systems contracting is in the government's best interest.GAO found that: (1) although DOE has cited the Sandia National Laboratory's positive experience with systems contracting as a basis for encouraging its other operating cont...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Management of Single-Shell Tanks at Hanford, Washington
RCED-89-157: Published: Jul 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its Hanford, Washington, site's underground single-shell waste storage tanks containing radioactive and nonradioactive hazardous liquid and solid wastes from nuclear materials production.GAO found that DOE: (1) through 1988, identified definite or possible leaks in 66 of 149 single-shell tanks, with an...