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Nuclear Health and Safety: Savannah River's Unusual Occurrence Reporting Program Has Been Ineffective
RCED-90-53: Published: Dec 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Unusual Occurrence Reporting (UOR) program at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.GAO found that Savannah River Site personnel reported to DOE headquarters only 39 percent of significant reactor-related events under UOR requirements, because: (1) DOE oversight of contractor activities was inadequate; (2) DOE h...
Nuclear Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
RCED-90-1: Published: Dec 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) 5-year program for demonstrating its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) capacity for safe disposal of transuranic (TRU) wastes produced by DOE atomic energy defense activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the 5-year test program to help determine WIPP compliance with 1985 Environmental Protection Agency (EP...
Nuclear Health and Safety: DOE's Award Fees at Rocky Flats Do Not Adequately Reflect ES&H Problems
RCED-90-47: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Department of Energy (DOE) considered environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) matters in its contract award fee determinations for the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility.GAO found that the DOE award fee determinations: (1) downplayed a variety of significant ES&H problems through questionable classifications and omissions...
Energy Management: DOE Has Not Shown Systems Contracting to Be in Government's Best Interest
RCED-89-118: Published: Jun 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) operating contractors' use of systems contracting to determine whether DOE ensures that systems contracting is in the government's best interest.GAO found that: (1) although DOE has cited the Sandia National Laboratory's positive experience with systems contracting as a basis for encouraging its other operating cont...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Management of Single-Shell Tanks at Hanford, Washington
RCED-89-157: Published: Jul 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its Hanford, Washington, site's underground single-shell waste storage tanks containing radioactive and nonradioactive hazardous liquid and solid wastes from nuclear materials production.GAO found that DOE: (1) through 1988, identified definite or possible leaks in 66 of 149 single-shell tanks, with an...
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...
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...
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...