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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 Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
RCED-90-1: Published: Dec 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) 5-year program for demonstrating its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) capacity for safe disposal of transuranic (TRU) wastes produced by DOE atomic energy defense activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the 5-year test program to help determine WIPP compliance with 1985 Environmental Protection Agency (EP...
Energy Management: DOE Has Not Shown Systems Contracting to Be in Government's Best Interest
RCED-89-118: Published: Jun 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) operating contractors' use of systems contracting to determine whether DOE ensures that systems contracting is in the government's best interest.GAO found that: (1) although DOE has cited the Sandia National Laboratory's positive experience with systems contracting as a basis for encouraging its other operating cont...
Mineral Revenues: Implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987
RCED-89-108: Published: May 8, 1989. Publicly Released: May 31, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act, focusing on: (1) BLM development of implementing regulations; (2) how BLM conducted oil and gas lease test sales, and the sales' results; and (3) the effect of royalty rate changes for competitively issued oil and gas leases.GAO found that...
Electric Power: Issues Concerning Expansion of the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie
RCED-88-199: Published: Sep 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) plans to expand the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie, focusing on the: (1) BPA justification for the expansion; (2) relationship of Canadian power imports to the intertie expansion; and (3) potential impacts on salmon and steelhead trout.GAO found that: (1) BPA estimated that its costs for the 1600-m...
Offshore Oil and Gas: Environmental Studies Program Meets Most User Needs but Changes Needed
RCED-88-104: Published: Jun 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's outer continental shelf (OCS) environmental studies program to determine: (1) whether contractors timely delivered environmental studies in relation to originally scheduled due dates and planned lease uses; (2) the level of user satisfaction with the studies and how Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) us...
Energy Management: Actions To Improve Timeliness of FERC Responses to Investigative Reports
RCED-88-92: Published: Feb 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of Energy's Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) investigations into allegations of improprieties involving high-level employees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); and (2) FERC responses to the OIG reports.GAO found that: (1) OIG issued 8 reports covering the 34 allegations, 7 of which went to the FERC cha...
Environmental Funding: DOE Needs To Better Identify Funds for Hazardous Waste Compliance
RCED-88-62: Published: Dec 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) funding for activities to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).GAO found that DOE cannot: (1) specifically identify budgeted or expended RCRA and CERCLA funds, since they are not part of...
Nuclear Waste: Institutional Relations Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
RCED-87-14: Published: Feb 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request to assess the Department of Energy's (DOE) relations with the states and Indian tribes that its Nuclear Waste Repository Program affects, GAO: (1) identified the states' and tribes' concerns with the program, including their level of participation in the decisionmaking process for waste sites; (2) examined the DOE program for involving states and tribes and t...
Energy Regulation: DOE Should Ensure Oil Industry Retains Records To Resolve Violations
RCED-86-153: Published: Aug 18, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) development and implementation of the Economic Regulatory Administration's (ERA) rule amending the recordkeeping requirements for the oil industry to determine whether DOE: (1) risked the loss of records needed to resolve alleged violations by issuing the rule in January 1985; and (2) had an adequa...