Hazardous substances (21 - 29 of 29 items)
Nuclear Waste: Information on DOE's Interim Transuranic Waste Storage Facilities
RCED-90-166: Published: Jun 8, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) remaining transuranic (TRU) waste storage capacity at Department of Energy (DOE) interim storage sites and projected dates when capacity will be exceeded; (2) statutory or administrative provisions limiting the amount of waste DOE could store at interim storage sites; and (3) planned alternatives to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for s...
Correcting Environmental Problems Facing the Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-90-85: Published: May 17, 1990. Publicly Released: May 17, 1990.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to correct the environmental problems facing the nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that: (1) in making nuclear weapons, enormous amounts of hazardous and radioactive wastes are generated, and DOE now faces serious and costly environmental problems; (2) DOE data show that it might cost over $100 billion to address the environmental problems; (...
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...
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...
Environmental Funding: DOE Needs To Better Identify Funds for Hazardous Waste Compliance
RCED-88-62: Published: Dec 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) funding for activities to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).GAO found that DOE cannot: (1) specifically identify budgeted or expended RCRA and CERCLA funds, since they are not part of...
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...
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...
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...
Pipeline Safety: Information on Gas Distribution System Operators Reporting Unaccounted for Gas
RCED-86-87BR: Published: Feb 25, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the number of municipal gas distribution systems reporting high levels of unaccounted-for gas and whether those high levels represented severe gas pipeline leaks or presented a safety problem; and (2) the Department of Transportation's (DOT) authority to regulate liquid commodities that are not currently being regulated, such...