Appropriations (61 - 70 of 89 items)
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...
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...
Energy Regulation: Enforcement of Requirements Imposed on Hydropower Projects Needs Strengthening
RCED-88-60: Published: Mar 4, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monitoring and enforcement of federal requirements imposed on hydropower projects, focusing on the adequacy of its: (1) monitoring of various license or exemption conditions to ensure prompt compliance; (2) investigations of instances of potential noncompliance; and (3) violation resolution acti...
Nuclear Regulation: Action Needed To Ensure That Utilities Monitor and Repair Pipe Damage
RCED-88-73: Published: Mar 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) assessed the pipe degradation problems at the Surry and Trojan nuclear power plants; and (2) addressed actions that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the utilities took to identify and correct pipe system problems.GAO found that: (1) prior to the Surry accident, neither NRC nor the industry believed that nuclear plants were susceptible to...
Energy Management: Actions To Improve Timeliness of FERC Responses to Investigative Reports
RCED-88-92: Published: Feb 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of Energy's Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) investigations into allegations of improprieties involving high-level employees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); and (2) FERC responses to the OIG reports.GAO found that: (1) OIG issued 8 reports covering the 34 allegations, 7 of which went to the FERC cha...
Energy Conservation: States' Use of Interest Earned on Oil Overcharge Funds
RCED-88-51: Published: Feb 4, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) compliance with a GAO recommendation that it implement a policy requiring states to use the interest earned on oil overcharges for energy assistance programs.GAO found that: (1) DOE failed to adequately ensure that states implemented its policy requiring them to use oil overcharge interest only for energy assista...
Environmental Funding: DOE Needs To Better Identify Funds for Hazardous Waste Compliance
RCED-88-62: Published: Dec 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) funding for activities to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).GAO found that DOE cannot: (1) specifically identify budgeted or expended RCRA and CERCLA funds, since they are not part of...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Should Provide More Information on Monitored Retrievable Storage
RCED-87-92: Published: Jun 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans for monitored retrievable storage (MRS) of spent nuclear fuel, focusing on whether the DOE MRS proposal provided Congress with enough information to determine whether to authorize an MRS facility.GAO found that: (1) DOE proposed an MRS system whose principal role would be waste preparation rather than long-te...