Appropriations (1 - 10 of 89 items)
Nuclear Waste: Greater Use of Removal Actions Could Cut Time and Cost for Cleanups
RCED-96-124: Published: May 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of removal actions to reduce the cost and accelerate the pace of environmental restoration projects.GAO found that: (1) removal actions save money and time compared with other remediation planning approaches; (2) the use of removal actions may provide information that is useful for other types of remediation, re...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Consensus on Acceptable Radiation Risk to the Public Is Lacking
RCED-94-190: Published: Sep 19, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the consistency and compatibility of federal radiation standards, focusing on: (1) the various limits on public exposure to radiation; (2) the various protective strategies associated with the standards; and (3) whether the standards as a whole provide a coherent, complete federal framework for public radiation protection.GAO found that: (1) the di...
Energy Management: Modest Reforms Made in University of California Contracts, but Fees Are Substantially Higher
RCED-94-202: Published: Aug 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) management and operation (M&O) contracts with the University of California, focusing on: (1) DOE efforts to add standard clauses typical of other DOE contracts and eliminate requirements that weaken DOE authority; (2) the compensation that DOE negotiated for the current contracts; and (3) proposed cha...
Nuclear Cleanup: Completion of Standards and Effectiveness of Land Use Planning Are Uncertain
RCED-94-144: Published: Aug 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in determining cleanup standards and land uses for nuclear waste-contaminated sites, focusing on: (1) how cleanup levels are currently determined for DOE sites; (2) the status of EPA efforts to develop cleanup standards for radionuclides; (3) the status of DOE...
Energy Management: Payments in Lieu of Taxes for DOE Property May Need to Be Reassessed
RCED-94-204: Published: Jul 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) compensation payments for property in lieu of state and local property taxes, focusing on: (1) how DOE identified communities for such payments and determined the payment amounts; (2) whether a 1987 revision of DOE payment policy was consistent with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; and (3) the potential effect of DOE...
Nuclear Safety: Unresolved Issues Could Impair DOE's Oversight Effectiveness
RCED-94-129: Published: Jun 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) restructuring of its nuclear safety oversight functions, focusing on: (1) whether the proposed changes would improve DOE ability to ensure nuclear safety; (2) the process DOE used to consolidate the Nuclear Safety and Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Offices; and (3) issues that could affect ES&H nuclear safety...
Naval Petroleum Reserve: Limited Opportunities Exist to Increase Revenues From Oil Sales in California
RCED-94-126: Published: May 24, 1994. Publicly Released: May 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Naval Petroleum Reserve (NPR) oil sales, focusing on whether: (1) NPR oil sales to Gulf Coast and mid-continent refiners would increase government revenues and result in higher prices for the remaining NPR oil in California; (2) there are barriers that impede the shipment of NPR oil to refiners; (3) the Department of Energy (DOE) can...
Nuclear Waste: Much Effort Needed to Meet Federal Facility Compliance Act's Requirements
RCED-94-179: Published: May 17, 1994. Publicly Released: May 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of radioactive and hazardous waste, focusing on: (1) DOE progress in submitting treatment plans and complying with the Federal Facility Compliance Act (FFCA); (2) DOE efforts to develop technologies for and provide the capacity to treat mixed wastes; and (3) additional actions needed to completely imple...
Energy Management: Inadequate DOE Monitoring of Contractors' Acquisitions From Affiliates
RCED-94-83: Published: Feb 11, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed two Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) contractors' acquisitions from affiliated entities, focusing on whether DOE: (1) monitoring of contractor compliance with procurement requirements is effective; and (2) requirements for acquisitions from affiliated entities sufficiently protect the government's interests.GAO found that: (1) a...
Nuclear Science: More Planning Needed to Support Future Needs for Electric Power in Space
RCED-94-6: Published: Oct 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans for radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) assembly operations, focusing on: (1) where DOE plans to assemble RTG in the future; (2) the cost to overhaul the Mound facility to make it suitable for long-term RTG assembly operations; (3) how DOE will address public safety concerns about maintaining nuclear o...