Nuclear energy (71 - 80 of 230 items)
Nuclear Safety: Unresolved Issues Could Impair DOE's Oversight Effectiveness
RCED-94-129: Published: Jun 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) restructuring of its nuclear safety oversight functions, focusing on: (1) whether the proposed changes would improve DOE ability to ensure nuclear safety; (2) the process DOE used to consolidate the Nuclear Safety and Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Offices; and (3) issues that could affect ES&H nuclear safety...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Concerns With U.S. Delays in Accepting Foreign Research Reactors' Spent Fuel
RCED-94-119: Published: Mar 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1994.
GAO provided information on U.S. efforts to convert foreign research reactors from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) and to consolidate spent fuel, focusing on the: (1) effects of delays in renewing the Off-Site Fuels Policy on U.S. nonproliferation goals and programs; (2) Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to renew the fuels policy; and (3) price to be charged to forei...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Examples of Post World War II Radiation Releases at U.S. Nuclear Sites
RCED-94-51FS: Published: Nov 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on planned post-World War II radioactive releases at U.S. nuclear sites, focusing on: (1) the Green Run test conducted at the Hanford, Washington, site in December 1949; and (2) several other tests at U.S. nuclear sites in the late 1940s and early 1950s that involved radioactive releases.GAO found that: (1) the Green Run test was an atm...
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; (...