Nuclear reactors (21 - 30 of 32 items)
Analysis of the Department of Energy's Clinch River Breeder Reactor Cost Estimate
RCED-83-74: Published: Dec 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the accuracy of the Department of Energy's (DOE) most recent cost estimate for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) project.In reviewing the CRBR project cost estimate, which has escalated from the authorized $699 million to a present estimate of $3.6 billion, GAO found no basis to question the appropriateness of the most recent cost estimate...
The Costs and Benefits of Alternative Funding Levels for the Department of Energy's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program
EMD-82-16: Published: Nov 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1981.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO offered comments on: (1) information provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) on the benefits and costs of continuing the funding for DOE's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program; and (2) the testimony of government and nuclear industry representatives at a hearing conducted jointly by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy Conservation and P...
U.S. Fast Breeder Reactor Program Needs Direction
EMD-80-81: Published: Sep 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1980.
The Administration and Congress have not been able to agree on the future role of fast nuclear breeder reactors. They cannot decide whether to rely on nuclear power as a long- or short-term energy supply source. If a long-term future for nuclear power is desired, or even if a nuclear option is to be maintained, construction and operation of a fast breeder demonstration plant is needed. The date fo...
Comments on the Administration's White Paper: "Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project--An End to the Impasse"
EMD-79-89: Published: Jul 10, 1979. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1979.
On May 11, 1979, the administration issued a White Paper supporting the need to terminate the Clinch River Breeder Reactor for economic and technical reasons. GAO was asked to respond to a number of questions regarding the White Paper.The White Paper's presentation of a number of key issues and facts could have been more balanced and informative. In particular, adjustments to key assumptions regar...
Nuclear Reactor Options To Reduce the Risk of Proliferation and To Succeed Current Light Water Reactor Technology
EMD-79-15: Published: May 23, 1979. Publicly Released: May 23, 1979.
Nearly all commercial nuclear reactors in the United States are light water reactors. Until recently, the "heir apparent" to the light water reactor was the liquid metal fast breeder reactor. Primarily because of proliferation concerns, the liquid metal fast breeder reactor program has been deemphasized.None of the technical alterations to current nuclear power systems proposed is proliferation-pr...
Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Role in Federal Efforts To Select Nuclear Fission Technologies for Future Development
EMD-78-44: Published: Mar 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1978.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) role in federal efforts to select nuclear fission technologies for future development needs to be strengthened. It is likely the President and Congress will use Department of Energy (DOE) proposals on which nuclear reactor and fuel cycle technologies should be selected for future research, development, and demonstration programs. Better decisions could be...
Views on the Nation's Commitment to the Development of Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Technology
EMD-77-56: Published: Aug 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1977.
GAO's views on the U.S. commitment to the development of the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) technology were solicited, specifically as to whether the President's decision to abandon the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) project meant abandonment of the whole LMFBR program.The abandonment of the CRBR, coupled with the major cutbacks in breeder research and development, will not enhance...
Evaluation of the Status of the Fast Flux Test Facility Program
EMD-76-13: Published: Nov 15, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1976.
The Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) was authorized by Congress in 1967. The FFTF is intended to test nuclear fuels and materials most apt to work safely and economically in future breeder reactors.The Energy Research and Development Agency believes that 37- and 19-pin tests will be adequate for closed loop test purposes; and 37-pin tests will provide valid and useful data for establishing design an...
Poor Management of a Nuclear Light Water Reactor Safety Project
EMD-76-4: Published: Aug 25, 1976. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1976.
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