Energy research (101 - 110 of 316 items)
Nuclear Waste: Quarterly Report as of September 30, 1989
RCED-90-103: Published: Mar 2, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of mandated policies and procedures for nuclear waste storage, disposal, and transportation in an underground repository, focusing on: (1) whether DOE was ready to begin construction of the facility; and (2) how recent changes in scheduling and in its developmental approach have affected...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Savannah River's Unusual Occurrence Reporting Program Has Been Ineffective
RCED-90-53: Published: Dec 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Unusual Occurrence Reporting (UOR) program at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.GAO found that Savannah River Site personnel reported to DOE headquarters only 39 percent of significant reactor-related events under UOR requirements, because: (1) DOE oversight of contractor activities was inadequate; (2) DOE h...
Nuclear Science: Better Information Needed for Selection of New Production Reactor
RCED-89-206: Published: Sep 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) process for selecting a new production reactor for nuclear weapons materials, focusing on the adequacy of its August 1988 report to Congress, in which it recommended an acquisition strategy for new production reactor capacity.GAO found that DOE: (1) proposed to construct a heavy-water reactor at one n...
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...
Usefulness of Space Power Research to Ground-Based Nuclear Reactor Systems
T-RCED-89-64: Published: Sep 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1989.
GAO discussed the applicability of the Department of Energy's (DOE) space nuclear power systems research to development of advanced terrestrial nuclear power systems. GAO noted that: (1) DOE, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization are participating in two programs to research and develop space nuclear power syste...
Energy Security: Analysis of Studies on Economic Consequences of an Oil Import Tariff
RCED-89-70BR: Published: Jun 16, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the assumptions and statistical methods of separate studies by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Harvard University Energy and Environmental Policy Center to determine why the studies reached different conclusions on the economic consequences of a tariff on imported oil.GAO found that: (1) both studies calculated tariff costs and benefits usin...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Has Terminated Research Evaluating Crystalline Rock for a Repository
RCED-89-148: Published: May 22, 1989. Publicly Released: May 22, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed whether and to what extent the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with requirements to phase out funding for all existing research programs that evaluated the suitability of crystalline rock as a potential host medium for a nuclear waste repository.GAO found that DOE: (1) terminated funding for research programs that specifically evaluated crys...
Nuclear Regulation: License Renewal Questions for Nuclear Plants Need to Be Resolved
RCED-89-90: Published: Apr 3, 1989. Publicly Released: May 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of aging on nuclear power plants, focusing on: (1) the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) program to develop a license renewal policy and accompanying regulations; and (2) efforts by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the electric utility industry to extend the lives of nuclear plants.GAO found that: (1) many utilities will have to d...
Electricity Supply: What Can Be Done to Revive the Nuclear Option?
RCED-89-67: Published: Mar 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the future of nuclear power, focusing on: (1) problems preventing new initiatives in commercial nuclear power; (2) actions which could revive nuclear power; and (3) the status of government and industry efforts to revitalize the use of nuclear power.GAO found that: (1) public and utility concerns about the feasibility of using nuclear power have ris...
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...