Nuclear energy (71 - 80 of 227 items)
Ballistic Missile Defense: Information on Directed Energy Programs for Fiscal Years 1985 Through 1993
NSIAD-93-182: Published: Jun 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) recommendations for transferring or retaining management responsibility for directed energy technologies in the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and for determining the future direction of directed energy development.GAO found that: (1) the $4.9 billion allocated by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organizat...
Nuclear Security: Safeguards and Security Planning at DOE Facilities Incomplete
RCED-93-14: Published: Oct 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) planning process for safeguards and security at numerous sensitive facilities and sites, focusing on: (1) the extent to which DOE has completed safeguards and security plans for sensitive facilities; (2) the extent to which DOE has completed such plans for the areas, or sites, surrounding these facilities; and (3)...
Energy Management: Entertainment Costs Under DOE's Uranium Enrichment Production Contract
RCED-92-230FS: Published: Jul 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on entertainment costs the Department of Energy (DOE) permitted under its enriched uranium production contracts, focusing on allowable costs for entertainment and alcoholic beverages incurred as part of marketing activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE initiated a new marketing strategy in early 1984 to restore competitiveness, including enh...
Nuclear Science: DOE's Self-Supporting Isotope Program Is Experiencing Problems
RCED-92-122FS: Published: Jun 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Isotope Production and Distribution Program, focusing on: (1) problems the program has experienced in operating on a self-supporting basis; (2) the cost factors affecting DOE isotope production; and (3) domestic isotope customers' reactions to the program.GAO found that: (1) DOE has experienced difficu...
Energy Management: Vulnerability of DOE's Contracting to Waste, Fraud, Abuse, and Mismanagement
RCED-92-101: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) contracting practices, focusing on: (1) problems resulting from the DOE approach to contracting; and (2) recent DOE efforts to address those problems.GAO found that DOE: (1) generally adopted the contracting approach that its predecessor, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), used, characterized by limi...
Nuclear Waste: Slow Progress Developing Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities
RCED-92-61: Published: Jan 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) state efforts to implement the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985; (2) federal and state efforts to resolve issues related to mixed waste, low-level waste that also contains hazardous chemicals, and wastes with very low levels of radioactivity; and (3) the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in discharging the federal...
Nuclear R&D: Research Efforts Under Way to Support Nuclear Power Plant License Renewal
RCED-91-207: Published: Sep 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on research to support the extension of operating licenses for U.S. nuclear power plants, focusing on: (1) the actions the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has taken to implement the National Research Council's recommendations concerning the need for NRC to conduct research on reactor aging to support its licensing renewal efforts; (...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Single-Shell Tank Leaks Greater Than Estimated
RCED-91-177: Published: Aug 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) or its Hanford, Washington, site contractor fully disclosed the volume of waste that leaked from the site's underground single-shell storage tanks.GAO found that: (1) DOE estimated that 750,000 gallons of liquid waste leaked from 66 shell tanks, but did not include the volume of cooling water that had been a...
Uranium Enrichment: DOE Needs to Pursue Alternative AVLIS Deployment Options
RCED-91-88: Published: Aug 8, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1991.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) demonstration and deployment of the atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) program and the building of an AVLIS plant, focusing on technical, program, and economic issues.GAO found that: (1) independent experts believe that the AVLIS demonstration program will be successful, but the program will not provide the specific cost information needed f...
Nuclear Waste: Pretreatment Modifications at DOE Hanford's B Plant Should Be Stopped
RCED-91-165: Published: Jun 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to modify its Hanford Site B Plant in Washington to pretreat mixed high-level radioactive waste before the vitrification process to turn it into glass.GAO found that: (1) although DOE was aware that the plant had not met specific federal or DOE regulations since 1987, it failed to timely discuss the compliance...