Nuclear energy (111 - 120 of 230 items)
Nuclear Regulation: Efforts To Ensure Nuclear Power Plant Safety Can Be Strengthened
RCED-87-141: Published: Aug 13, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) efforts to provide the public with reasonable assurance that nuclear power plants operate safely, specifically how NRC: (1) minimizes the risks associated with operating the plants; (2) enforces its safety standards; and (3) finds violations of the standards.GAO found that: (1) although the Atomic Energy...
Nuclear Waste: Unresolved Issues Concerning Hanford's Waste Management Practices
RCED-87-30: Published: Nov 4, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management and disposal of defense nuclear waste at its Hanford, Washington, facility to determine how Hanford complies with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).RCRA regulates hazardous waste from...
[Request for Comments on Proposed Revision to Uranium Enrichment Services Criteria]
B-207463: Published: Feb 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1986.
GAO provided its opinion on the Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed revised uranium enrichment services criteria. The Atomic Energy Act provides that DOE must: (1) fully recover the cost to the government of providing such services; (2) establish prices on a nondiscriminatory basis; (3) generally not offer such services for certain nuclear materials of foreign origin; (4) establish standard term...
Nuclear Energy: Environmental Issues at DOE's Nuclear Defense Facilities
RCED-86-192: Published: Sep 8, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) identified key environmental issues at nine Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear defense facilities; and (2) evaluated the status of DOE efforts to strengthen its environmental, safety, and health oversight programs.GAO found that: (1) eight facilities have groundwater contaminated with radioactive or hazardous substances at levels higher than the propos...
Nuclear Energy: A Compendium of Relevant GAO Products on Regulation, Health, and Safety
RCED-86-132: Published: Jun 6, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1986.
GAO summarized its previous reports and testimonies from January 1, 1979 to May 15, 1986 on nuclear: (1) energy; (2) regulation; (3) environment, health, and safety issues; and (4) waste management and disposal procedures.GAO noted that: (1) awareness of the environment, health, and safety issues concerning nuclear power in the United States has increased as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear power...
International Response to Nuclear Power Reactor Safety Concerns
129823: May 8, 1986
GAO discussed international nuclear reactor safety problems and the status of international efforts to address those problems. GAO found that: (1) as of September 1985, a total of 408 nuclear power plants were operating outside of the United States, but many developing countries had little or no prior experience in operating nuclear power plants or adequate technical resources to support effective...
Nuclear Science: Information on DOE Accelerators Should Be Better Disclosed in the Budget
RCED-86-79: Published: Apr 9, 1986. Publicly Released: May 8, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on issues concerning: (1) the size and nature of the Department of Energy's (DOE) investment, prior to congressional approval, in new high-energy and nuclear physics accelerator facilities or major upgrades; and (2) the events and procedures leading to DOE review and approval for building a continuous electron beam accelerator facility.GAO found...
DOE Uranium Enrichment Activity Financial Statements: September 30, 1984
AFMD-86-19: Published: May 7, 1986. Publicly Released: May 7, 1986.
GAO examined the balance sheets of the Department of Energy's Uranium Enrichment Activity (UEA) as of September 30, 1984, and the related statements of operations, changes in government equity, and changes in the financial position for the year then ended.GAO found that the financial statements presented fairly the UEA financial position as of September 30, 1984, and the results of its operations...
The U.S. Uranium Enrichment Services Program
129151: Feb 19, 1986
GAO discussed the status of the uranium enrichment program. GAO believes that Congress needs to reevaluate the basic purpose and structure of the enrichment program by: (1) defining program objectives that take into account the realities of the enrichment marketplace; and (2) examining alternatives to full-cost-recovery pricing. GAO found that: (1) the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed modificat...
Nuclear Regulation: Process for Backfitting Changes in Nuclear Plants Has Improved
RCED-86-27: Published: Dec 24, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 24, 1985.
GAO commented on: (1) a backfitting process the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) uses to require modifications at operating nuclear power plants; (2) the effect of those actions on selected facilities; and (3) improvements that should be made.GAO found that individual units of NRC decentralized staff had raised safety concerns that utilities believed must be met as a condition for obtaining app...