Nuclear energy (51 - 60 of 227 items)
Nuclear Weapons: Design Reviews of DOE's Tritium Extraction Facility
RCED-98-75: Published: Mar 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to build a Tritium Extraction Facility at its Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the reports of three different teams responsible for reviewing the project's conceptual design and related products, focusing on: (1) the major comments raised by the three reviews; and (2) the process used by DOE to respon...
Year 2000 Readiness: NRC's Proposed Approach Regarding Nuclear Powerplants
AIMD-98-90R: Published: Mar 6, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1998.
GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) proposed generic letter on the year 2000 readiness of computer systems at nuclear power plants, focusing on: (1) a more complete year 2000 program for licensees; (2) licensees' progress on year 2000 readiness; (3) the year 2000 ready certification; and (4) future year 2000 maintenance requirements.GAO noted that: (1) as a benchmark of program...
Department of Energy: Information on the Tritium Leak and Contractor Dismissal at the Brookhaven National Laboratory
RCED-98-26: Published: Nov 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the events surrounding the leak of the radioactive element tritium from a research reactor at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the resulting termination of Associated Universities, Inc., as the laboratory's contractor.GAO noted that: (1) because Brookhaven employees did not aggressively monitor its reactor's spent-fuel pool for leaks, years p...
Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safety: Concerns With the International Atomic Energy Agency's Technical Cooperation Program
RCED-97-192: Published: Sep 16, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the purpose and effectiveness of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) technical cooperation program; (2) the cost of U.S. participation in IAEA's technical cooperation program; and (3) whether the United States ensures that the activities of IAEA's technical cooperation program do not conflict with U.S. nuclear nonproliferation and...
Nuclear Regulation: Preventing Problem Plants Requires More Effective NRC Action
RCED-97-145: Published: May 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) oversight of the nuclear power industry, focusing on how NRC: (1) defines nuclear safety; (2) measures and monitors the safety condition of nuclear plants; and (3) uses its knowledge of safety conditions to ensure the safety of nuclear plants.GAO noted that: (1) to achieve NRC's safety mission, it is critic...
Nuclear Safety: Uncertainties About the Implementation and Costs of the Nuclear Safety Convention
RCED-97-39: Published: Jan 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed implementation of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, focusing on: (1) how compliance with the Convention's terms and obligations will be reviewed by the ratifying countries; and (2) the potential costs to the United States to participate in the Convention.GAO found that: (1) the method to review compliance with the Convention on Nuclear Safety has n...
Uranium Enrichment: Process to Privatize the U.S. Enrichment Corporation Needs to Be Strengthened
RCED-95-245: Published: Sep 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the proposed privatization of the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (USEC), focusing on: (1) the net present value of the corporation; and (2) whether the privatization plan would result in any ongoing obligation or undue cost to the government.GAO found that: (1) the USEC privatization plan predicts that USEC stock could sell for up to...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Information on Nuclear Exports Controlled by U.S.-EURATOM Agreement
RCED-95-168: Published: Jun 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the United States-European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) agreement, focusing on the: (1) amount of U.S. nuclear exports to EURATOM and Japan and U.S.-origin nuclear materials transferred from Japan to EURATOM; (2) value of U.S. nuclear exports to EURATOM and Japan; and (3) nuclear industry's views on the potential impact on nucle...
Department of Energy: Information on DOE's Human Tissue Analysis Work
RCED-95-109FS: Published: May 24, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the studies that the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies have conducted analyzing human tissues exposed to radiation.GAO found that: (1) 59 tissue analysis studies have been performed by DOE and its predecessor agencies; (2) the majority of the studies were conducted and terminated in the 1950s and 1960s and involved more than 1...
Nuclear Regulation: Slow Progress in Identifying and Cleaning Up NRC's Licensees' Contaminated Sites
RCED-95-95: Published: Apr 24, 1995. Publicly Released: May 9, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) decommissioning program, focusing on: (1) NRC progress in identifying all former licensees' sites that require additional cleanup; (2) NRC progress in ensuring that sites on its Site Decommissioning Management Plan (SDMP) are cleaned up in a timely manner; and (3) factors that impede th...