Energy and water development (41 - 50 of 69 items)
Nuclear Health and Safety: Need for Improved Responsiveness to Problems at DOE Sites
RCED-90-101: Published: Mar 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Department of Energy's (DOE) and its contractors' responsiveness to DOE technical safety appraisals and environmental surveys of contractor-operated facilities and sites.GAO found that: (1) DOE has conducted 48 technical safety appraisals of facilities and operations at DOE sites between 1986 and the present; (2) DOE has condu...
Federal Electric Power: Views on the Sale of Alaska Power Administration Hydropower Assets
RCED-90-93: Published: Feb 22, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed sale of the Alaska Power Administration's (APA) assets, focusing on whether the APA divestiture method would: (1) allow the government to fully recover APA costs; and (2) reveal the full value of APA assets to potential purchasers.GAO found that: (1) APA sales agreements benefited APA ratepayers at the expe...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Better Earthquake Protection Needed at DOE's Savannah River Site
RCED-90-24: Published: Dec 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Energy's (DOE) ability to ensure employee and public safety in the event of a major earthquake at its Savannah River site.GAO found that: (1) DOE found many serious seismic weaknesses in the site's reactors, which were built before seismic engineering standards existed; (2) some safety-related systems, equipment, and structures di...
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 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; (...
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...