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Nuclear Waste: Yucca Mountain Project Behind Schedule and Facing Major Scientific Uncertainties
RCED-93-124: Published: May 21, 1993. Publicly Released: May 27, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether: (1) funding levels for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository were adequate to support investigations; and (2) the Department of Energy's (DOE) streamlining initiatives could affect the scientific quality of investigations.GAO found that: (1) DOE investigations into the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain will...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford's Well-Drilling Costs Can Be Reduced
RCED-93-71: Published: Mar 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) well-drilling program at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) DOE and contractors' actions to reduce well-drilling costs; and (2) opportunities for additional cost savings.GAO found that: (1) well installation costs could be lowered by using more efficient drilling methods; (2) DOE directed its contractors to study dr...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Tank Waste Program Needs Cost, Schedule, and Management Changes
RCED-93-99: Published: Mar 8, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Hanford waste vitrification plant, focusing on: (1) technical and other issues that affect the Tank Waste Remediation System (TWRS); and (2) the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to end interim storage of high-level radioactive waste at the site.GAO found that: (1) DOE has not determined how many samples it will need for waste...
Nuclear Security: Safeguards and Security Planning at DOE Facilities Incomplete
RCED-93-14: Published: Oct 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) planning process for safeguards and security at numerous sensitive facilities and sites, focusing on: (1) the extent to which DOE has completed safeguards and security plans for sensitive facilities; (2) the extent to which DOE has completed such plans for the areas, or sites, surrounding these facilities; and (3)...
Nuclear Waste: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Contaminants in Hanford Soils
RCED-92-149: Published: Jul 6, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Energy's (DOE) programs to monitor and characterize contamination in the vadose zone, the unsaturated soil above the groundwater table, at the DOE Hanford site, focusing on: (1) how effective existing DOE vadose zone programs have been; (2) how successful DOE has been developing a strategy for improving its programs; and (3) wheth...
Nuclear Science: Monitoring Improved, but More Planning Needed for DOE Test and Research Reactors
RCED-92-123: Published: Jul 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) nondefense-related nuclear facilities, focusing on: (1) DOE management and long-range planning for replacement of potentially dangerous and aging reactors; and (2) the safety and operating condition of research reactor facilities.GAO found that: (1) DOE has no plans for the retirement or replacement o...
Nuclear Science: Status of DOE's Self-Supporting Isotope Program
T-RCED-92-88: Published: Aug 12, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1992.
GAO discussed its report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Isotope Production and Distribution (IP&D) Program. GAO noted that: (1) the program has depleted its $16-million operating fund and is currently borrowing to meet operating expenses; (2) the IP&D Program can not control production costs of radioisotopes at nondedicated production sites and can not afford to operate and maintain its dedic...
Energy Reports and Testimony: 1991
RCED-92-120: Published: Jul 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1992.
This annual index includes information on these and other U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) documents directly related to energy that were issued between January and December 1991. This index should be useful for general information and research purposes and for understanding energy issues that GAO is addressing...
Nuclear Waste: Questionable Uses of Program Funds at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
RCED-92-157: Published: May 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's use of nuclear waste funds to support independent research projects and to manage project activities for the Yucca Mountain, Nevada, underground repository site for permanent disposal of radioactive wastes.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year (FY) 1990 and FY 1991, Livermore us...
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...