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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...
Fuel Ethanol: Imports From Caribbean Basin Initiative Countries
NSIAD-89-106: Published: Feb 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO examined ethanol production in Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) countries, focusing on: (1) whether CBI producers could compete using local feedstock, rather than imported feedstock, to produce ethanol; and (2) potential modifications to U.S. tariff requirements that would not harm U.S. producers and would ensure meaningful ethanol production and increase...
GAO's Views on Modernizing and Cleaning Up DOE's Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-89-9: Published: Feb 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 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 its 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...
Federal Electric Power: Controversy Relating to Construction of Transmission Lines
RCED-89-43: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1989.
GAO reviewed the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) justifications for conducting a joint transmission line construction project with other utility companies, particularly its proposed Craig/Bonanza line project, to determine: (1) the extent of WAPA participation in the project's costs and the resulting line capacity; and (2) whether WAPA construction activities comply with its legislative...
Electric Power: Issues Concerning Expansion of the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie
RCED-88-199: Published: Sep 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) plans to expand the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie, focusing on the: (1) BPA justification for the expansion; (2) relationship of Canadian power imports to the intertie expansion; and (3) potential impacts on salmon and steelhead trout.GAO found that: (1) BPA estimated that its costs for the 1600-m...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Major Weaknesses in Foreign Visitor Controls at Weapons Laboratories
RCED-89-31: Published: Oct 11, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) extent to which foreign nationals participated in activities at the Department of Energy's (DOE) weapons laboratories; and (2) effectiveness of DOE controls for identifying those that pose a security or proliferation risk.GAO found that: (1) DOE generally did not follow its own requirements and obtain background information on foreign visi...
Energy Regulation: Allegations Concerning the Development of Fishways at Hydropower Projects
RCED-88-186: Published: Jul 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined allegations concerning the development of fishways at three hydropower projects, specifically that: (1) the Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks overruled the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regarding Federal Power Act requirements for the development of fishways at two projects; (2) the Assistant Secretary...
Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1: Examination of DOE's Report on Divestiture
RCED-88-151: Published: Aug 25, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of Energy's (DOE) report on the proposed divestiture of Naval Petroleum Reserve 1 (NPR-1); and (2) whether DOE could lease the reserve instead of selling it.GAO found that the report did not justify the sale of NPR-1 assets, since it: (1) lacked a comprehensive study of all producing pools at NPR-1 to estimate the reserve's v...
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...
Offshore Oil and Gas: Environmental Studies Program Meets Most User Needs but Changes Needed
RCED-88-104: Published: Jun 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's outer continental shelf (OCS) environmental studies program to determine: (1) whether contractors timely delivered environmental studies in relation to originally scheduled due dates and planned lease uses; (2) the level of user satisfaction with the studies and how Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) us...