Nuclear energy (81 - 90 of 227 items)
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Relationship with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
RCED-91-122: Published: May 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) relationship with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), focusing on whether NRC: (1) used INPO evaluation reports instead of its own oversight of the nuclear power industry; and (2) relied on INPO communications to alert industry of potential nuclear plant safety problems instead of issuing its...
Nuclear Waste: Delays in Addressing Environmental Requirements and New Safety Concerns Affect DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
T-RCED-91-67: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1991.
GAO discussed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) program for conducting transuranic (TRU) waste disposal tests at its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). GAO noted that: (1) DOE cannot use the WIPP repository until the facility meets environmental requirements and DOE resolves safety concerns; (2) from 1981 through 1988, DOE focused on building WIPP and failed to consider environmental...
Nuclear Waste: Problems and Delays With Characterizing Hanford's Single-Shell Tank Waste
RCED-91-118: Published: Apr 23, 1991. Publicly Released: May 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to characterize single-shell tank wastes at its Hanford, Washington site, focusing on impediments such as: (1) technological limitations; and (2) safety considerations.GAO found that: (1) due to the number of unresolved issues, DOE was unlikely to complete the first-phase characterization of the sing...
Nuclear Safety: The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board's First Year of Operation
RCED-91-54: Published: Feb 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the accomplishments, operations, and problems faced by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, focusing on: (1) the Board's mission to improve safety and health conditions at the Department of Energy's (DOE) defense nuclear facilities; (2) problems encountered in hiring technical staff; and (3) changes needed to enhance the Board's independenc...
Energy Reports and Testimony: 1990
RCED-91-84: Published: Jan 2, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1991.
Growing dependence on imported oil, the need to develop new technologies to use energy cleanly and efficiently, and the tremendous problems at the Nation's nuclear weapons complex have all served to thrust the Department of Energy, and its programs, once again into the public spotlight. Because of these challenges, energy issues will continue to play a major role in economic and environmental publ...
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Efforts to Ensure Effective Plant Maintenance Are Incomplete
RCED-91-36: Published: Dec 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) importance of safe nuclear power plant operations; and (2) status of the debate between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the nuclear utility industry on the need for facility maintenance regulations.GAO found that: (1) while both NRC and the industry agreed that maintenance was crucial to safe, reliable, and efficient power plan...
Nuclear Safety and Health: Counterfeit and Substandard Products Are a Governmentwide Concern
RCED-91-6: Published: Oct 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) and five other agencies' practices for identifying and preventing the supply of nonconforming products, including counterfeit and substandard parts.GAO found that: (1) the supply of nonconforming products was a governmentwide problem, since all six agencies contacted found them in various components and sys...
Nuclear Science: Factors Leading to the Termination of the Antares Laser Research Program
RCED-90-160: Published: Jun 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the termination of the Antares Laser Research Program at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory.GAO found that: (1) DOE terminated the laser research program at the end of fiscal year 1985 because of a technical problem; (2) Los Alamos discovered that long-wavelength lasers generated electrons that preheated...
Comments on Smith Barney's Uranium Enrichment Analysis
T-RCED-90-101: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
GAO discussed an independent assessment of the Department of Energy's (DOE) uranium enrichment program. GAO noted that the assessment concluded that: (1) the enrichment program should be restructured as a government corporation and operate on a competitive basis; (2) DOE could reduce total costs by making various adjustments and policy decisions; and (3) the government should retain responsibility...
Comments on Smith Barney's Uranium Enrichment Analysis
T-RCED-90-101A: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
GAO discussed restructuring the Department of Energy's uranium enrichment program as a government corporation. GAO found that before a private company is formed: (1) the new corporation should bear the costs of modernizing old plants and cleaning up and decommissioning existing facilities; (2) Congress should consider restructuring legislation to ensure repayment of $3 billion in past costs rather...