Nuclear energy (101 - 110 of 230 items)
Electricity Supply: What Can Be Done to Revive the Nuclear Option?
RCED-89-67: Published: Mar 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the future of nuclear power, focusing on: (1) problems preventing new initiatives in commercial nuclear power; (2) actions which could revive nuclear power; and (3) the status of government and industry efforts to revitalize the use of nuclear power.GAO found that: (1) public and utility concerns about the feasibility of using nuclear power have ris...
Energy Management: DOE Should Improve Its Controls Over Work for Other Federal Agencies
RCED-89-21: Published: Feb 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) controls over the products and services it provided to non-DOE entities, primarily other federal agencies, to determine whether DOE: (1) had adequate controls over the work it performed; (2) properly implemented those controls; and (3) controls conformed to pertinent laws and regulations.GAO found that: (1) altho...
Nuclear Science: Usefulness of Space Power Research to Ground-Based Nuclear Reactor Systems
RCED-89-17: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed nuclear power systems experts on the potential usefulness of space nuclear power systems research to the development of civilian terrestrial nuclear power systems.GAO found that: (1) experts expected that the Department of Energy's (DOE) SP-100 Space Power Program and Multimegawatt Space Nuclear Power Program (MMW) would provide useful knowledge to...
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Decommissioning Cost Estimates Appear Low
RCED-88-184: Published: Jul 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the: (1) adequacy of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) cost estimates for decommissioning nuclear power plants and fuel-cycle facilities; and (2) methods that utilities and operators could use to ensure the availability of decommissioning funds.GAO found that: (1) the NRC cost estimates were low because they did not consider the costs o...
The Future of DOE's Uranium Enrichment Program
T-RCED-88-59: Published: Aug 10, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1988.
GAO discussed three legislative proposals for restructuring the Department of Energy's Uranium Enrichment Program. GAO noted that program problems included: (1) unused multibillion-dollar payments for electricity; (2) uranium market uncertainties; (3) aging facilities; and (4) billions of dollars in unrecovered costs. GAO also noted that two of the legislative proposals would: (1) restructure the...
Nuclear Science: History and Management of the DOE/Air Force Small Reactor Project
RCED-88-138: Published: May 26, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the joint Department of Energy (DOE) and Air Force Small Reactor Project, focusing on its origin, history, and funding.GAO found that: (1) using DOE discretionary funds, the DOE laboratory at Los Alamos initiated the project in June 1983 to determine whether a small nuclear reactor could satisfy the Air Force's electric power...
The Future of DOE's Uranium Enrichment Program
T-RCED-88-50: Published: Jun 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1988.
GAO discussed legislative and administrative proposals for restructuring the Department of Energy's Uranium Enrichment Program. GAO noted that program problems included: (1) unused multibillion dollar payments for electricity; (2) uranium market uncertainties; (3) aging facilities; and (4) billions of dollars in unrecovered costs. GAO also noted that the proposed Uranium Revitalization, Tailings R...
Nuclear Regulation: Action Needed To Ensure That Utilities Monitor and Repair Pipe Damage
RCED-88-73: Published: Mar 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) assessed the pipe degradation problems at the Surry and Trojan nuclear power plants; and (2) addressed actions that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the utilities took to identify and correct pipe system problems.GAO found that: (1) prior to the Surry accident, neither NRC nor the industry believed that nuclear plants were susceptible to...
Nuclear Science: Challenges Facing Space Reactor Power Systems Development
RCED-88-23: Published: Dec 2, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) space nuclear development programs, specifically: (1) management and coordination among the sponsoring organizations; and (2) safety-related tasks associated with DOE program activities.GAO found that, although both the SP-100 Space Reactor Program and the Multimegawatt (MMW) Space Nuclear Power Pr...
Uranium Enrichment: Congressional Action Needed To Revitalize the Program
RCED-88-18: Published: Oct 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the problems of the Department of Energy's (DOE) uranium enrichment program and identified options to revitalize it.GAO found that: (1) the program's financial problems include $8.8 billion in unrecovered costs, multibillion-dollar payments for unused power, market uncertainties due to ongoing litigation, and potentially large decommissioning co...