Nuclear power plants (21 - 30 of 33 items)
Selected Aspects of Nuclear Powerplant Reliability and Economics
RED-76-7: Published: Aug 15, 1975. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1982.
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The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor: Options for Deciding Future Pace and Direction
EMD-82-79: Published: Jul 12, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1982.
GAO was requested to assess its past positions regarding the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR).The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) is a potential means of providing this country with a long-term energy source. Both the LMFBR program and the CRBR continue to be controversial. There has been a continual erosion in the Government's estimates of anticipated growth of nuclear power. This si...
The Costs and Benefits of Alternative Funding Levels for the Department of Energy's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program
EMD-82-16: Published: Nov 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1981.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO offered comments on: (1) information provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) on the benefits and costs of continuing the funding for DOE's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program; and (2) the testimony of government and nuclear industry representatives at a hearing conducted jointly by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy Conservation and P...
The Department of Energy's Water-Cooled Breeder Program--Should It Continue?
EMD-81-46: Published: Mar 25, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1981.
The water-cooled breeder program of the Department of Energy (DOE) is trying to prove that existing types of nuclear powerplants, called water-cooled reactors, can produce more fuel than they consume. DOE needs to consider certain factors when deciding whether the water-cooled breeder concept should be developed further. GAO addressed: (1) whether the water-cooled breeder program should continue;...
Existing Nuclear Sites Can Be Used for New Powerplants and Nuclear Waste Storage
EMD-80-67: Published: Apr 1, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1980.
GAO was requested to evaluate whether existing nuclear powerplant sites can be used (1) as locations for new powerplants, and (2) to dispose of wastes from nuclear powerplant operations.Most of the Nation's nuclear powerplant sites can support one or more additional powerplants. Advantages of this include (1) limiting the number of locations committed to long-term restricted use and periodic surve...
Before Licensing Floating Nuclear Power Plants, Many Answers Are Needed
EMD-78-36: Published: Sep 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1978.
The predecessor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received an application in 1973 to manufacture eight standardized floating nuclear power plants near Jacksonville, Florida, and received a separate application in 1974 to station two of the eight plants off the New Jersey coast. Because the floating plants will be built at a location other than where they will be operated, NRC issued new r...
Explosions at Nuclear Power Plants
EMD-78-99: Published: Aug 4, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1978.
Since 1971, about 50 gas explosions have been reported at the boiling water nuclear power plants. These explosions have caused degradation and failure of off-gas systems, radiation exposure and other injuries to personnel, physical damage to facilities, and lost revenues during reactor shutdowns for repair. In spite of the fact that the problem and actions which would minimize it have been known f...
Nuclear Powerplant Licensing: Need for Additional Improvements
EMD-78-29: Published: Apr 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1978.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates the construction and operation of commercial nuclear power plants by establishing minimum construction and operating standards and by conducting reviews to determine if the standards are adequately understood and implemented. The reviews result in two licenses for each plant: one permitting construction and another allowing operation after construc...
Licensing Practices of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
105662: Apr 18, 1978
The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to hold a public hearing before it issues a license to construct a nuclear powerplant. This gives the public an opportunity to intervene or question licensing decisions and to resolve technical or environmental questions relating to the proposed construction. A recent report discussing the NRC's procedures for submittin...
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Practice of Submitting Information to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board
EMD-78-42: Published: Mar 6, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1978.
The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 requires that a public hearing be held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) before a license to construct a nuclear powerplant can be issued. The hearing is conducted by an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, and reviews are conducted by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Appeal Board and NRC.In response to criticism of procedures used to provide information to the...