Energy and water development (61 - 69 of 69 items)
Energy Regulation: More Effort Needed To Recover Costs and Increase Hydropower User Charges
RCED-87-12: Published: Nov 25, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) responsibilities under the Federal Power Act (FPA) to assess and collect three annual charges from licensees participating in its hydropower licensing program.GAO found that: (1) FERC has taken steps to increase its administrative cost collection by including other federal agency costs in its an...
Nuclear Waste: Unresolved Issues Concerning Hanford's Waste Management Practices
RCED-87-30: Published: Nov 4, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management and disposal of defense nuclear waste at its Hanford, Washington, facility to determine how Hanford complies with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).RCRA regulates hazardous waste from...
Energy Regulation: Hydropower Impacts on Fish Should Be Adequately Considered
RCED-86-99: Published: May 20, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the adequacy of the 30-day period that agencies are given to request a hearing after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues an order authorizing the construction and operation of a hydroelectric project; and (2) the FERC role in determining whether fish protection measures are working properly.GAO found that: (1) federal and st...
Nuclear Safety: Safety Analysis Reviews for DOE's Defense Facilities Can Be Improved
RCED-86-175: Published: Jun 16, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the adequacy of the Department of Energy's (DOE) safety analysis reviews (SAR) for its existing nuclear defense facilities. GAO examined eight facilities to determine the effectiveness of DOE efforts to protect workers and the environment.GAO found that: (1) DOE did not approve the reviews for three of the eight facilities, each of which had the...
Nuclear Science: DOE Should Provide More Control in Its Accelerator Selection Process
RCED-86-108: Published: Apr 4, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) review and selection process for approving the Southeastern Universities Research Association's proposal to plan, manage, and operate a continuous electron beam accelerator facility (CEBAF).GAO found that DOE used unsolicited proposals in selecting the facility's design, which resulted in DOE: (1) approving a contra...
Nuclear Waste: Department of Energy's Program for Financial Assistance
RCED-86-4: Published: Apr 1, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1986.
GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) program to provide grants under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, focusing on: (1) DOE decisions on who received grants and for what activities; (2) the level of assistance provided; and (3) DOE grant administration and oversight.The act provides that state and public participation in the nuclear waste repository program is essential to promote pu...
Natural Gas Prices: FERC Should Improve Its Initial Review of Pipelines' Natural Gas Costs
RCED-86-12: Published: Nov 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews natural gas pipeline companies' requests to change their rates to reflect changes in their natural gas costs, focusing on whether: (1) the filings submitted were complete and consistent; and (2) FERC analysts appropriately reviewed the filings before they went into effect.GAO found that a...
Selected Management Activities at the Naval Petroleum Reserve, California
RCED-85-7: Published: Apr 12, 1985. Publicly Released: May 13, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the operations of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Naval Petroleum Reserve, California (NPRC), including: (1) the process used in establishing the fee for the contractor to operate NPRC in fiscal year 1984; (2) the adequacy of NPRC audit coverage; and (3) justification for the proposed construction of additional NPRC office sp...
DOE Needs To Evaluate Fully the Waste Management Effects of Extending the Useful Life of Nuclear Fuel
RCED-84-111: Published: Jan 27, 1984. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1984.
GAO determined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) needs to do more to evaluate the potential impact of extended nuclear fuel burnup under its program for accepting spent commercial nuclear fuel under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.GAO found that, although DOE supports commercial utilities' creating their own storage programs which extend the useful life of nuclear fuel, it is uncertain whether t...