Nuclear waste management (1 - 10 of 41 items)
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...
DOE's Cleanup Cost Savings
RCED-96-163R: Published: Jul 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to cut costs by $4.4 billion, focusing on: (1) whether DOE cost savings efforts could impair its ability to clean up former nuclear weapons sites; and (2) DOE fiscal year (FY) 1995 cost-saving experiences. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has requested that program managers reduce budget outlays for fiscal years 1997 t...
Nuclear Waste: Greater Use of Removal Actions Could Cut Time and Cost for Cleanups
RCED-96-124: Published: May 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of removal actions to reduce the cost and accelerate the pace of environmental restoration projects.GAO found that: (1) removal actions save money and time compared with other remediation planning approaches; (2) the use of removal actions may provide information that is useful for other types of remediation, re...
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...
Nuclear Facility Cleanup: Centralized Contracting of Laboratory Analysis Would Produce Budgetary Savings
RCED-95-118: Published: May 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) decentralized approach to laboratory analysis, focusing on: (1) the differences in prices and contracting approaches between DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for similar types of laboratory analyses; (2) whether the decentralized DOE approach has resulted in any administrative inefficiencies; and (3...
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 Waste: Much Effort Needed to Meet Federal Facility Compliance Act's Requirements
RCED-94-179: Published: May 17, 1994. Publicly Released: May 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of radioactive and hazardous waste, focusing on: (1) DOE progress in submitting treatment plans and complying with the Federal Facility Compliance Act (FFCA); (2) DOE efforts to develop technologies for and provide the capacity to treat mixed wastes; and (3) additional actions needed to completely imple...
Nuclear Waste: Funds Spent to Identify a Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility Site
RCED-93-199: Published: Sep 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the accounts of the Office of the Nuclear Waste Negotiator to determine if its expenditures are consistent with legislative provisions; and (2) whether Department of Energy (DOE) grants for identifying a volunteer host for a temporary nuclear storage facility are consistent with the monitored retrievable storage (MRS) program's objectives and...
Department of Energy: Cleaning Up Inactive Facilities Will Be Difficult
RCED-93-149: Published: Jun 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) program for cleaning up inactive facilities, focusing on: (1) the program's potential scope and cost over the next 30 years; (2) major problems facing the program; and (3) the current DOE approach for managing the program.GAO found that: (1) DOE could not accurately estimate how many inactive faciliti...
Nuclear Waste: Yucca Mountain Project Behind Schedule and Facing Major Scientific Uncertainties
RCED-93-124: Published: May 21, 1993. Publicly Released: May 27, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether: (1) funding levels for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository were adequate to support investigations; and (2) the Department of Energy's (DOE) streamlining initiatives could affect the scientific quality of investigations.GAO found that: (1) DOE investigations into the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain will...