Energy and water development (21 - 30 of 69 items)
Nuclear Waste: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Contaminants in Hanford Soils
RCED-92-149: Published: Jul 6, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Energy's (DOE) programs to monitor and characterize contamination in the vadose zone, the unsaturated soil above the groundwater table, at the DOE Hanford site, focusing on: (1) how effective existing DOE vadose zone programs have been; (2) how successful DOE has been developing a strategy for improving its programs; and (3) wheth...
Nuclear Science: Monitoring Improved, but More Planning Needed for DOE Test and Research Reactors
RCED-92-123: Published: Jul 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) nondefense-related nuclear facilities, focusing on: (1) DOE management and long-range planning for replacement of potentially dangerous and aging reactors; and (2) the safety and operating condition of research reactor facilities.GAO found that: (1) DOE has no plans for the retirement or replacement o...
Nuclear Waste: Questionable Uses of Program Funds at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
RCED-92-157: Published: May 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's use of nuclear waste funds to support independent research projects and to manage project activities for the Yucca Mountain, Nevada, underground repository site for permanent disposal of radioactive wastes.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year (FY) 1990 and FY 1991, Livermore us...
Nuclear Health and Safety: More Can Be Done to Better Control Environmental Restoration Costs
RCED-92-71: Published: Apr 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) degree of cost growth associated with the Department of Energy's (DOE) environmental restoration program; and (2) steps DOE can take to better manage and control cost growth.GAO found that: (1) since DOE has not updated or revised its 1988 total cost estimate for completing all environmental restoration work, GAO could not determine the ag...
Natural Gas: Factors Affecting Approval Times for Construction of Natural Gas Pipelines
RCED-92-100: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC): (1) process for approving applications for constructing natural gas pipelines; and (2) efforts to streamline the approval process.GAO found that: (1) between October 1, 1987, and February 28, 1991, FERC approved 171 applications to construct new natural gas pipelines and related facilities, with a...
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...
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)...