Nuclear facilities (21 - 30 of 41 items)
Comments on Smith Barney's Uranium Enrichment Analysis
T-RCED-90-101A: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
GAO discussed restructuring the Department of Energy's uranium enrichment program as a government corporation. GAO found that before a private company is formed: (1) the new corporation should bear the costs of modernizing old plants and cleaning up and decommissioning existing facilities; (2) Congress should consider restructuring legislation to ensure repayment of $3 billion in past costs rather...
NRC's Oversight of Licensees' Decommissioning Practices Can Be Improved
T-RCED-89-57: Published: Aug 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1989.
GAO discussed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) decommissioning requirements for obsolete nuclear facilities, focusing on nuclear fuel facility licenses. GAO found that: (1) NRC requires owners of obsolete nuclear facilities to remove the facilities safely from service and reduce residual radioactivity to allow unrestricted property use; (2) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will n...
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 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...
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...
Response of the Energy Research and Development Administration to a Report on Cleaning Up the Remains of Nuclear Facilities
B-164052: Published: Dec 5, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1983.
GAO issued a report entitled “Cleaning Up the Remains of Nuclear Facilities—A Multibillion Dollar Problem” (EMD-77-46) on June 16, 1977. The Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) submitted comments on the report as required by section 236 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 in which ERDA described the actions it planned to take in responding to the recommendations...
GAO's Response to DOE's Comments on EMD-81-108, "Better Oversight Needed at DOE's Nuclear Facilities"
EMD-82-36: Published: Jan 27, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1982.
GAO responded to Department of Energy (DOE) criticisms of report EMD-81-108 in which GAO recommended major changes in the safety and health oversight program at DOE contractor-operated facilities. GAO suggested that Congress consider legislation to require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to review the safety of a number of facilities, including several defense-related activities. DOE criti...
Economic Impact of Closing Zion Nuclear Facility
EMD-82-3: Published: Oct 21, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1981.
GAO compared the costs of terminating operations at the Zion nuclear electric-generating facility near Chicago, Illinois, versus adding the necessary safety requirements to protect the surrounding population. It also discussed the financial and power supply impact that termination would have on the Commonwealth Edison Company and its customers.Continued use of the Zion facility will require expend...
Update of Cost Information on Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project
EMD-81-112: Published: Jun 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1981.
GAO was asked for updated figures for the cost and schedule data which had been provided by the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) on various licensing scenarios for the Clinch River facility. ERDA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission provided more recent data to update the information.The current cost estimate for the Clinch River breeder reactor plant is based on the licensin...