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Nuclear Waste: Development of Casks for Transporting Spent Fuel Needs Modification
RCED-92-56: Published: Mar 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to implement transportation-related activities under the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, which requires DOE to investigate Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a potential site for the permanent disposal of nuclear waste in an underground repository and to construct a repository at the site if it finds that the...
Energy Management: Systematic Analysis of DOE's Uncosted Obligations Is Needed
T-RCED-92-41: Published: Mar 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) analysis of uncosted obligations made to contractors for goods and services not yet provided. GAO noted that DOE: (1) obligated about $17.6 billion to its contractors in fiscal year (FY) 1990, with $14 billion going to long-term management and operating contracts; (2) obligates contract funding at the beginning of each fiscal year, sometimes before de...
Energy Management: DOE Has an Opportunity to Improve Its University of California Contracts
RCED-92-75: Published: Dec 26, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of nonstandard contract clauses in laboratory management and operation (M&O) contracts with a university, focusing on: (1) the impact of the nonstandard procurement and property management clauses; (2) other nonstandard clauses that may limit DOE ability to effectively oversee the contracts; and (3) DOE plans to...
Fossil Fuels: Improvements Needed in DOE's Clean Coal Technology Program
RCED-92-17: Published: Oct 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status and progress of the demonstration projects funded under approved cooperative agreements in the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Coal Technology (CCT) Program.GAO found that: (1) 15 of the 32 ongoing funded projects have experienced delays, cost increases, and reductions in scope; (2) most ongoing projects have not progressed far enough...
Energy Management: Tightening Fee Process and Contractor Accountability Will Challenge DOE
RCED-92-9: Published: Oct 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) appraisal process for management and operating contractors, focusing on the: (1) effectiveness of DOE use of performance objectives to set expectations and evaluate contractor performance; (2) effectiveness of DOE use of data from on-site reviews to evaluate contractor performance for award fee purpos...
Nuclear Waste: Operation of Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility Is Unlikely by 1998
RCED-91-194: Published: Sep 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the alternatives of storing spent nuclear fuel exclusively at utility reactor sites or transferring the waste to a federal facility for monitored retrievable storage (MRS), focusing on the: (1) likelihood of an MRS facility operating by 1998; (2) legal implications if the Department of Energy (DOE) is unable to take delivery of wastes in 1998; (3)...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Single-Shell Tank Leaks Greater Than Estimated
RCED-91-177: Published: Aug 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) or its Hanford, Washington, site contractor fully disclosed the volume of waste that leaked from the site's underground single-shell storage tanks.GAO found that: (1) DOE estimated that 750,000 gallons of liquid waste leaked from 66 shell tanks, but did not include the volume of cooling water that had been a...
Uranium Enrichment: DOE Needs to Pursue Alternative AVLIS Deployment Options
RCED-91-88: Published: Aug 8, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1991.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) demonstration and deployment of the atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) program and the building of an AVLIS plant, focusing on technical, program, and economic issues.GAO found that: (1) independent experts believe that the AVLIS demonstration program will be successful, but the program will not provide the specific cost information needed f...
Nuclear Waste: Pretreatment Modifications at DOE Hanford's B Plant Should Be Stopped
RCED-91-165: Published: Jun 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to modify its Hanford Site B Plant in Washington to pretreat mixed high-level radioactive waste before the vitrification process to turn it into glass.GAO found that: (1) although DOE was aware that the plant had not met specific federal or DOE regulations since 1987, it failed to timely discuss the compliance...
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Relationship with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
RCED-91-122: Published: May 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) relationship with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), focusing on whether NRC: (1) used INPO evaluation reports instead of its own oversight of the nuclear power industry; and (2) relied on INPO communications to alert industry of potential nuclear plant safety problems instead of issuing its...