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Department of Energy: Cost Estimates for the Hanford Tank Waste Remediation Project
RCED-99-188R: Published: May 19, 1999. Publicly Released: May 19, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the differences between GAO's 1998 report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Tank Waste Remediation project and a 1998 report on the same project prepared by the Pacific Rim Enterprise Center, focusing on why the two reports reached substantially different conclusions about the growth in costs for the tank waste project.GAO...
Nuclear Waste: Management and Technical Problems Continue to Delay Characterizing Hanford's Tank Waste
RCED-96-56: Published: Jan 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in characterizing its tank waste at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) whether it has met its characterization deadlines; (2) the impediments to meeting characterization deadlines; and (3) the impact that continued delays have on the characterization process.GAO found that: (1) over the past 10 years, DOE has spent over $260 million and made l...
Department of Energy: Savings from Deactivating Facilities Can Be Better Estimated
RCED-95-183: Published: Jul 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to deactivate surplus facilities, focusing on the: (1) proportion of the Nuclear Material and Facility Stabilization Program's fiscal year (FY) 1995 budget that is allocated to projects that could reduce the program's future costs; (2) difference between the savings that the deactivation project...
Department of Energy: National Priorities Needed for Meeting Environmental Agreements
RCED-95-1: Published: Mar 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex, focusing on: (1) its use of environmental agreements with state and federal regulators; and (2) the effectiveness of its cleanup strategy.GAO found that: (1) DOE has focused on collecting data and investigating sites, rather than the actual cleanup of sites; (2) DOE has only put a small amount of eff...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Consensus on Acceptable Radiation Risk to the Public Is Lacking
RCED-94-190: Published: Sep 19, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the consistency and compatibility of federal radiation standards, focusing on: (1) the various limits on public exposure to radiation; (2) the various protective strategies associated with the standards; and (3) whether the standards as a whole provide a coherent, complete federal framework for public radiation protection.GAO found that: (1) the di...
Nuclear Cleanup: Completion of Standards and Effectiveness of Land Use Planning Are Uncertain
RCED-94-144: Published: Aug 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in determining cleanup standards and land uses for nuclear waste-contaminated sites, focusing on: (1) how cleanup levels are currently determined for DOE sites; (2) the status of EPA efforts to develop cleanup standards for radionuclides; (3) the status of DOE...
RCED-94-49R: Published: Oct 27, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in implementing pilot tests for new environmental restoration management contractors (ERMC) at its Fernald and Hanford sites. GAO found that: (1) DOE has selected a contractor for the ERMC pilot test at the Fernald site; (2) DOE has not fully implemented the recommendations for improving ERMC pilot tests an...
DOE Management: Implementing the Environmental Restoration Management Contractor Concept
T-RCED-94-86: Published: Dec 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE): (1) implementation of its environmental restoration management contractor (ERMC) program for cleaning up its nuclear weapons facilities; and (2) responses to recommendations for improving the program's pilot tests. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has selected ERMC for one of its two test sites; (2) DOE selection of ERMC for its Hanford, Washington, site has...
DOE Management: Consistent Cleanup Indemnification Policy Is Needed
RCED-93-167: Published: Jul 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) approach for indemnifying its contractors against liabilities that could arise from the cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex.GAO found that: (1) under the cost reimbursement approach, DOE reimburses its contractors for all allowable costs, including environmental costs, incurred in contract performance;...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford's Well-Drilling Costs Can Be Reduced
RCED-93-71: Published: Mar 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) well-drilling program at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) DOE and contractors' actions to reduce well-drilling costs; and (2) opportunities for additional cost savings.GAO found that: (1) well installation costs could be lowered by using more efficient drilling methods; (2) DOE directed its contractors to study dr...