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Nuclear Weapons: Design Reviews of DOE's Tritium Extraction Facility
RCED-98-75: Published: Mar 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to build a Tritium Extraction Facility at its Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the reports of three different teams responsible for reviewing the project's conceptual design and related products, focusing on: (1) the major comments raised by the three reviews; and (2) the process used by DOE to respon...
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 Waste: Management and Technical Problems Continue to Delay Characterizing Hanford's Tank Waste
RCED-96-56: Published: Jan 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in characterizing its tank waste at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) whether it has met its characterization deadlines; (2) the impediments to meeting characterization deadlines; and (3) the impact that continued delays have on the characterization process.GAO found that: (1) over the past 10 years, DOE has spent over $260 million and made l...
Energy Downsizing: Criteria for Community Assistance Needed
RCED-96-36: Published: Dec 27, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 1995.
GAO examined the criteria that the Department of Energy (DOE) used to: (1) identify and evaluate the economic effects of closing the Pinellas plant; and (2) decide what types and amounts of assistance are appropriate in offsetting the effects of future plant closings.GAO found that DOE: (1) policy supports economic development that minimizes the impact of closing nuclear weapons facilities on disp...
Department of Energy: Savings from Deactivating Facilities Can Be Better Estimated
RCED-95-183: Published: Jul 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to deactivate surplus facilities, focusing on the: (1) proportion of the Nuclear Material and Facility Stabilization Program's fiscal year (FY) 1995 budget that is allocated to projects that could reduce the program's future costs; (2) difference between the savings that the deactivation project...
Nuclear Facility Cleanup: Centralized Contracting of Laboratory Analysis Would Produce Budgetary Savings
RCED-95-118: Published: May 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) decentralized approach to laboratory analysis, focusing on: (1) the differences in prices and contracting approaches between DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for similar types of laboratory analyses; (2) whether the decentralized DOE approach has resulted in any administrative inefficiencies; and (3...
Department of Energy: National Priorities Needed for Meeting Environmental Agreements
RCED-95-1: Published: Mar 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex, focusing on: (1) its use of environmental agreements with state and federal regulators; and (2) the effectiveness of its cleanup strategy.GAO found that: (1) DOE has focused on collecting data and investigating sites, rather than the actual cleanup of sites; (2) DOE has only put a small amount of eff...
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...