Appropriations (11 - 20 of 30 items)
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Relationship with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
RCED-91-122: Published: May 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) relationship with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), focusing on whether NRC: (1) used INPO evaluation reports instead of its own oversight of the nuclear power industry; and (2) relied on INPO communications to alert industry of potential nuclear plant safety problems instead of issuing its...
Nuclear Safety: The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board's First Year of Operation
RCED-91-54: Published: Feb 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the accomplishments, operations, and problems faced by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, focusing on: (1) the Board's mission to improve safety and health conditions at the Department of Energy's (DOE) defense nuclear facilities; (2) problems encountered in hiring technical staff; and (3) changes needed to enhance the Board's independenc...
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Efforts to Ensure Effective Plant Maintenance Are Incomplete
RCED-91-36: Published: Dec 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) importance of safe nuclear power plant operations; and (2) status of the debate between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the nuclear utility industry on the need for facility maintenance regulations.GAO found that: (1) while both NRC and the industry agreed that maintenance was crucial to safe, reliable, and efficient power plan...
Nuclear Safety and Health: Counterfeit and Substandard Products Are a Governmentwide Concern
RCED-91-6: Published: Oct 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) and five other agencies' practices for identifying and preventing the supply of nonconforming products, including counterfeit and substandard parts.GAO found that: (1) the supply of nonconforming products was a governmentwide problem, since all six agencies contacted found them in various components and sys...
Nuclear Health and Safety: DOE's Award Fees at Rocky Flats Do Not Adequately Reflect ES&H Problems
RCED-90-47: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Department of Energy (DOE) considered environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) matters in its contract award fee determinations for the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility.GAO found that the DOE award fee determinations: (1) downplayed a variety of significant ES&H problems through questionable classifications and omissions...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...