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Nuclear Health and Safety: Environmental, Health and Safety Practices at Naval Reactors Facilities
T-RCED-91-24: Published: Apr 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
GAO discussed environmental, health, and safety practices at two Naval Reactors Program research and development facilities. GAO noted that: (1) the laboratories and sites were in full compliance with federal and state standards regarding radioactive releases to the environment and there was no evidence of unsafe radiological operations or conditions; (2) there was no evidence in personnel exposur...
Nuclear Safety: The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board's First Year of Operation
RCED-91-54: Published: Feb 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the accomplishments, operations, and problems faced by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, focusing on: (1) the Board's mission to improve safety and health conditions at the Department of Energy's (DOE) defense nuclear facilities; (2) problems encountered in hiring technical staff; and (3) changes needed to enhance the Board's independenc...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Controls Over the Commercial Sale and Export of Tritium Can Be Improved
RCED-91-90: Published: Mar 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the adequacy of the Department of Energy's (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) existing controls on the commercial sales and exports of tritium.GAO found that: (1) DOE and its contractor-operated Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) were slow to investigate the major shipper-receiver and internal tritium discrepancies that allegedly...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: DOE Needs Better Controls to Identify Contractors Having Foreign Interests
RCED-91-83: Published: Mar 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Department of Energy (DOE) and three of its weapons laboratories complied with DOE regulations and procedures designed to protect the United States against uncontrolled transfers of nuclear weapons-related technology or material to entities that are foreign owned, controlled, or influenced (FOCI) U.S. companies performing classified wor...
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 Waste: Issues Affecting Land Withdrawal of DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Project
T-RCED-91-38: Published: Apr 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). GAO noted that: (1) by fiscal year (FY) 1997, DOE plans to determine whether WIPP meets the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards for disposal of transuranic waste in repositories and plans to obtain a variance or exception from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); (2) DOE postponed plans t...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Efforts to Strengthen DOE's Health and Epidemiology Programs
RCED-91-57: Published: Feb 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) initiatives to address concerns about its ability to effectively oversee health, environmental, and safety activities related to its nuclear weapons production plants.GAO found that: (1) DOE did not effectively oversee its health programs, lacked credibility in its health-effects research activities,...
Energy Management: Better DOE Controls Needed Over Contractors' Discretionary R&D Funds
RCED-91-18: Published: Dec 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the discretionary research and development (R&D) activities of three Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories and the DOE need for, uses of, and management controls over those activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE had specific authority to approve laboratories' reasonable use of funds for discretionary R&D activities; (2) DOE had statutory authority to...
Energy Security: Federal Responses to December 1989 Heating Fuel Shortages Were Limited
RCED-91-78: Published: Feb 20, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) alleged December 1989 heating fuel shortages; (2) the type of data the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA) collected and its analyses of heating fuel supply and demand; (3) the impact of federal agencies' delayed processing of Jones Act waivers on heating fuel supplies; and (4) the impact of interruptible natur...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: GAO's Views on DOE's Reconfiguration Study
T-RCED-91-19: Published: Mar 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) January 1991 Nuclear Weapons Complex Reconfiguration Study. GAO noted that the study: (1) was only the first step in developing a more detailed plan, which would include an environmental impact statement on reconfiguring the complex; (2) recommended a smaller complex in the future, but did not clearly specify what the complex would look like in 2015;...