Nuclear reactors (11 - 20 of 32 items)
Nuclear Weapons Complex: GAO's Views on DOE's Reconfiguration Study
T-RCED-91-8: Published: Feb 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to develop a comprehensive plan to address its nuclear weapons complex's environmental and safety problems. GAO noted that the DOE nuclear weapons complex reconfiguration study: (1) represented the first phase of a long-term effort to develop a more detailed plan and a programmatic environmental impact statement that DOE expected to complete i...
Nuclear Science: U.S. Electricity Needs and DOE's Civilian Reactor Development Program
RCED-90-151: Published: May 29, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) projected U.S. electricity needs through 1998; (2) whether the Department of Energy's (DOE) Civilian Reactor Development Program could help meet those needs; and (3) the views of utility company and nuclear industry officials on DOE efforts to promote advanced reactor development.GAO found that: (1) from 1989 to 1998, the summer demand for ele...
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...
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...
Nuclear Science: Usefulness of Space Power Research to Ground-Based Nuclear Reactor Systems
RCED-89-17: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed nuclear power systems experts on the potential usefulness of space nuclear power systems research to the development of civilian terrestrial nuclear power systems.GAO found that: (1) experts expected that the Department of Energy's (DOE) SP-100 Space Power Program and Multimegawatt Space Nuclear Power Program (MMW) would provide useful knowledge to...
Nuclear Science: History and Management of the DOE/Air Force Small Reactor Project
RCED-88-138: Published: May 26, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the joint Department of Energy (DOE) and Air Force Small Reactor Project, focusing on its origin, history, and funding.GAO found that: (1) using DOE discretionary funds, the DOE laboratory at Los Alamos initiated the project in June 1983 to determine whether a small nuclear reactor could satisfy the Air Force's electric power...
Nuclear Science: Challenges Facing Space Reactor Power Systems Development
RCED-88-23: Published: Dec 2, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) space nuclear development programs, specifically: (1) management and coordination among the sponsoring organizations; and (2) safety-related tasks associated with DOE program activities.GAO found that, although both the SP-100 Space Reactor Program and the Multimegawatt (MMW) Space Nuclear Power Pr...
Nuclear Science: Information on DOE Accelerators Should Be Better Disclosed in the Budget
RCED-86-79: Published: Apr 9, 1986. Publicly Released: May 8, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on issues concerning: (1) the size and nature of the Department of Energy's (DOE) investment, prior to congressional approval, in new high-energy and nuclear physics accelerator facilities or major upgrades; and (2) the events and procedures leading to DOE review and approval for building a continuous electron beam accelerator facility.GAO found...
Analysis of Alternative Approaches to Completing the DOE Water-Cooled Breeder Program
RCED-83-87: Published: Mar 25, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided: (1) an evaluation of the advisability of delaying, reducing, or discontinuing the fuel evaluation phase of the water-cooled breeder program; (2) an examination of the reasonableness of staffing levels planned for the removal of nuclear fuel from the Shippingport Atomic Power Station; and (3) an evaluation of the extent of industry interest in t...