Environmental monitoring (31 - 40 of 41 items)
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...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Information on Award Fees Paid at Selected DOE Facilities
RCED-90-60FS: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal years 1987 and 1988 award fees to contractors at six facilities, focusing on the extent to which DOE considered environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) matters in evaluating contractors' performance and determining award fees.GAO found that DOE: (1) rated the overall performance of five of...
Status of DOE-Funded Clean Coal Technology Projects
T-RCED-89-25: Published: Apr 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1989.
GAO discussed the status of nine demonstration projects that the Department of Energy (DOE) has funded under its Clean Coal Technology Program. GAO found that: (1) seven of the projects were experiencing coordination, equipment, and financing problems that caused cost overruns, proposed project modifications, and delays in completing project phases; (2) two other projects, funded in late 1988 to r...
Environmental Problems at the Department of Energy's Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-89-12: Published: Feb 24, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1989.
GAO discussed the environmental issues facing the Department of Energy (DOE) in cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that: (1) DOE needed to clean up existing contamination in soil and groundwater and bring its facilities' operations into full compliance with environmental laws; (2) the estimated costs for cleaning up existing contamination would total between $35 billion and $65 bil...
Views on DOE's Clean Coal Technology Program
T-RCED-88-47: Published: Jun 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1988.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Coal Technology Program, a cost-shared demonstration program designed to encourage the commercialization of emerging clean coal technologies. GAO noted that DOE: (1) funded seven projects with $227.5 million in federal funds and $529.8 million in nonfederal funds for the program's first phase; (2) experienced problems in finalizing cooperative a...
Energy Regulation: Enforcement of Requirements Imposed on Hydropower Projects Needs Strengthening
RCED-88-60: Published: Mar 4, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monitoring and enforcement of federal requirements imposed on hydropower projects, focusing on the adequacy of its: (1) monitoring of various license or exemption conditions to ensure prompt compliance; (2) investigations of instances of potential noncompliance; and (3) violation resolution acti...
Key Elements of Effective Independent Oversight of DOE's Nuclear Facilities
T-RCED-88-6: Published: Oct 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1987.
GAO discussed the proposed Nuclear Protections and Safety Act of 1987, specifically the establishment of a Nuclear Safety Board to oversee the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear facilities. GAO noted that the proposal addressed five key elements it considered essential, specifically: (1) independent oversight; (2) technical expertise; (3) ability to perform reviews of DOE facilities as needed; (...
Nuclear Health and Safety: DOE's Progress in Implementing Its 1985 Initiatives
RCED-87-73FS: Published: Mar 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO monitored the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of initiatives to strengthen environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) programs, to provide information on: (1) the status of the initiatives; and (2) planned DOE actions to complete the initiatives.GAO found that DOE has: (1) made progress in implementing all but one of the initiatives; (2) completed...
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...