Nuclear power (1 - 10 of 28 items)
Nuclear Safety: Countries' Regulatory Bodies Have Made Changes in Response to the Fukushima Daiichi Accident
GAO-14-109: Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2014.
All the nuclear regulatory bodies in the 16 selected countries in GAO's review—13 of which currently operate nuclear power reactors and 3 of which are developing or considering developing civilian nuclear power programs—have taken steps to strengthen nuclear safety in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan. Japan in particular has fundamentally restructured its nuclear regulatory...
Nuclear Energy: NRC's Workforce and Processes for New Reactor Licensing Are Generally in Place, but Uncertainties Remain as Industry Begins to Submit Applications
GAO-07-1129: Published: Sep 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2007.
Nearly three decades after the last order for a new nuclear power reactor in the United States, electric power companies plan to submit 20 applications in the next 18 months to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for licenses to build and operate new reactors. Since 1989, NRC has developed a new license review process that allows a power company to obtain a construction permit and an operating...
Nuclear Safety: Information on the International Nuclear Regulators Association
RCED-99-243: Published: Aug 6, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) participation in the International Nuclear Regulators Association, focusing on: (1) the Association's activities since it was created; (2) U.S. costs to support NRC's participation in the Association; (3) the views of NRC's commissioners and others on the benefits of the Association; and (4)...
Year 2000 Readiness: NRC's Proposed Approach Regarding Nuclear Powerplants
AIMD-98-90R: Published: Mar 6, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1998.
GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) proposed generic letter on the year 2000 readiness of computer systems at nuclear power plants, focusing on: (1) a more complete year 2000 program for licensees; (2) licensees' progress on year 2000 readiness; (3) the year 2000 ready certification; and (4) future year 2000 maintenance requirements.GAO noted that: (1) as a benchmark of program...
Nuclear Safety: Uncertainties About the Implementation and Costs of the Nuclear Safety Convention
RCED-97-39: Published: Jan 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed implementation of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, focusing on: (1) how compliance with the Convention's terms and obligations will be reviewed by the ratifying countries; and (2) the potential costs to the United States to participate in the Convention.GAO found that: (1) the method to review compliance with the Convention on Nuclear Safety has n...
Nuclear Safety: International Assistance Efforts to Make Soviet-Designed Reactors Safer
RCED-94-234: Published: Sep 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on U.S. and international efforts to improve the safety of Soviet-designed reactors, focusing on the: (1) goals and scope of international assistance; (2) current and future U.S. assistance efforts; (3) impact of international assistance; and (4) potential for closing the highest-risk reactors.GAO found that: (1) as of 1994, internation...
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; (...
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...
Usefulness of Space Power Research to Ground-Based Nuclear Reactor Systems
T-RCED-89-64: Published: Sep 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1989.
GAO discussed the applicability of the Department of Energy's (DOE) space nuclear power systems research to development of advanced terrestrial nuclear power systems. GAO noted that: (1) DOE, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization are participating in two programs to research and develop space nuclear power syste...
Electricity Supply: What Can Be Done to Revive the Nuclear Option?
RCED-89-67: Published: Mar 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the future of nuclear power, focusing on: (1) problems preventing new initiatives in commercial nuclear power; (2) actions which could revive nuclear power; and (3) the status of government and industry efforts to revitalize the use of nuclear power.GAO found that: (1) public and utility concerns about the feasibility of using nuclear power have ris...