Appropriations (21 - 30 of 30 items)
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...
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...
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act: 1984 Implementation Status, Progress, and Problems
RCED-85-100: Published: Sep 30, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1985.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in implementing the act, focusing on: (1) the DOE approach to selecting a waste disposal site; (2) DOE negotiations with states and Indian tribes for consultation and cooperation agreements; and (3) DOE planning for monitored retrievable spent fuel storage (MRS).GAO found th...
Management Weaknesses Affect Nuclear Regulatory Commission Efforts To Address Safety Issues Common to Nuclear Power Plants
RCED-84-149: Published: Sep 19, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1984.
GAO examined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) efforts to address safety issues common to nuclear power plants and determined if NRC has corrected earlier management weaknesses highlighted in investigation reports of the March 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island (TMI) power plant.GAO found that NRC, as a result of the earlier identified safety issues, has increased the rate at which it...
TVA's Nuclear Fuel Sale and Leaseback Arrangement Needs Further Analysis and Congressional Oversight
EMD-82-52: Published: Mar 18, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1982.
As part of a continuing oversight of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), GAO evaluated the financial soundness of the TVA sale and leaseback of nuclear fuel. GAO was requested to include as part of its evaluation: (1) a complete chronology of the events leading up to the sale and leaseback agreement; (2) information on whether this is a standard utility practice and a comparison of the TVA agree...
Hazards of Past Low-Level Radioactive Waste Ocean Dumping Have Been Overemphasized
EMD-82-9: Published: Oct 21, 1981. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1981.
GAO evaluated the environmental and public health consequences of past ocean dumping of low-level radioactive waste. Its report discussed federal efforts to identify the extent of past ocean dumping, ensure that it poses neither an environmental nor public health hazard, and ensure that any possible future dumping is conducted safely and in an environmentally acceptable manner.GAO found that the f...
Cost To Retire Uranium Enrichment Facilities Should Be Included in Current Uranium Enrichment Charges
EMD-79-94: Published: Sep 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1979.
GAO has maintained an interest in the Department of Energy (DOE) uranium enrichment pricing policies and procedures. DOE, the sole supplier of enriched uranium in the United States, has three enrichment plants in operation with a fourth scheduled to begin operation in the late 1980's. Eventually these plants will be retired. According to the former Energy Research and Development Administration, t...
House of Representatives' Amendment to the Energy Research and Development Administration's Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 1978
EMD-77-73: Published: Sep 27, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1977.
The House amendment to the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) authorization bill would substantially affect ERDA basis for setting its price for uranium enrichment services.The House bill would not allow a government enrichment price which covers such factors as business risk and return on equity. Failure to include such a component would perpetuate a barrier to private industry...
Deferral of Appropriations for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project
OGC-77-21: Published: Jun 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1977.
The President's proposed deferral of $31.8 million in budget authority appropriated to the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project (CRBRP) was reviewed to determine if the action was properly classified and if proposed curtailment of CRBRP exceeded statutory authority. The proposed deferral was submitted for a required 45-day period during...
Review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Monitoring of the States' Control of Certain Radioactive Material
EMD-77-4: Published: Nov 11, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 11, 1976.
The Commission annually evaluates each State program to determine its adequacy in protecting public health and safety and continued compatibility with the Commission's regulatory program. Although technical- and administrative-related weaknesses are often noted during these reviews, the Commission usually concludes that each State's program is adequate and compatible. Occasionally, however, the we...