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Status of the Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
T-RCED-89-50: Published: Jun 12, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plan for a 5-year test of its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP): (1) compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) nuclear waste disposal standards; and (2) waste handling, transportation, and storage activities. GAO noted that the draft plan: (1) did not consider the waste retrieval costs and activities that would be necessary if WIP...
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Restart Actions Appear Reasonable--But Criteria Needed
RCED-89-95: Published: May 4, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the criteria that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) uses to allow nuclear powerplants to restart operations after a shutdown to correct safety or management problems, focusing on: (1) the Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, plant's operating history; (2) NRC rationale for allowing the plant to continue operations despite its history of problems; (...
Mineral Revenues: Implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987
RCED-89-108: Published: May 8, 1989. Publicly Released: May 31, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act, focusing on: (1) BLM development of implementing regulations; (2) how BLM conducted oil and gas lease test sales, and the sales' results; and (3) the effect of royalty rate changes for competitively issued oil and gas leases.GAO found that...
Nuclear Regulation: License Renewal Questions for Nuclear Plants Need to Be Resolved
RCED-89-90: Published: Apr 3, 1989. Publicly Released: May 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of aging on nuclear power plants, focusing on: (1) the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) program to develop a license renewal policy and accompanying regulations; and (2) efforts by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the electric utility industry to extend the lives of nuclear plants.GAO found that: (1) many utilities will have to d...
Fuel Ethanol: Imports From Caribbean Basin Initiative Countries
T-NSIAD-89-26: Published: Apr 25, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1989.
GAO discussed Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) countries' imports of fuel ethanol to the United States. GAO noted that: (1) based on legislation allowing CBI countries to import fuel ethanol duty-free if regional production added at least 35 percent of the value, several companies built dehydration facilities to produce ethanol and imported low-cost, heavily subsidized European wine alcohol, rathe...
Canadian Power Imports: Update on Electricity Imports in the Northeast
RCED-89-51: Published: Mar 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided updated information concerning the: (1) status of long-term firm-power contracts between Canadian utilities and utilities in the northeastern United States; and (2) reliability of one of the Canadian utility power systems serving northeastern United States utilities.GAO found that: (1) since 1986, northeastern U.S. utilities had signed two long-...
Status of DOE-Funded Clean Coal Technology Projects
T-RCED-89-25: Published: Apr 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1989.
GAO discussed the status of nine demonstration projects that the Department of Energy (DOE) has funded under its Clean Coal Technology Program. GAO found that: (1) seven of the projects were experiencing coordination, equipment, and financing problems that caused cost overruns, proposed project modifications, and delays in completing project phases; (2) two other projects, funded in late 1988 to r...
Nuclear Science: Effect of Conversion of Washington Nuclear Plant No. 1 on Debt and Electric Rates
RCED-89-88FS: Published: Mar 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) acquisition and conversion of a commercial nuclear power plant to a nuclear materials production facility.GAO noted that the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) agreed as part of a net billing agreement to pay the total annual maintenance costs of the power plant, including principal and interest on bonded debt, i...
Modernization and Cleanup Problems Are Enormous in the Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-89-17: Published: Mar 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) modernization and cleanup plans for its nuclear weapons complex. GAO noted that: (1) the weapons complex posed serious threats to public health and safety, due to DOE handling of hazardous materials, aging and obsolete facilities, inactive waste sites, and groundwater and soil contamination; (2) estimates of the cost to modernize and clean up the weap...
Energy Management: DOE Should Improve Its Controls Over Work for Other Federal Agencies
RCED-89-21: Published: Feb 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) controls over the products and services it provided to non-DOE entities, primarily other federal agencies, to determine whether DOE: (1) had adequate controls over the work it performed; (2) properly implemented those controls; and (3) controls conformed to pertinent laws and regulations.GAO found that: (1) altho...