Nuclear powerplants (11 - 20 of 45 items)
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Assurances of Decommissioning Funding During Utility Restructuring Could Be Improved
GAO-02-48: Published: Dec 3, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2001.
In most of the requests approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to transfer licenses to own or operate nuclear power plants, the financial arrangements have sought to ensure that adequate funds will be available to decommission those plants. However, when new owners proposed to continue relying on periodic deposits to external sinking funds, NRC's reviews were not always rigorous enoug...
Nuclear Regulation: Better Oversight Needed to Ensure Accumulation of Funds to Decommission Nuclear Power Plants
RCED-99-75: Published: May 3, 1999. Publicly Released: May 6, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential cost to decommission nuclear power plants and the implications of competition within the electricity industry, focusing on whether: (1) there is adequate assurance that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) licensees are accumulating sufficient funds for decommissioning; and (2) NRC is adequately addressing the effe...
Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Strategy Needed to Develop a Risk-Informed Safety Approach
T-RCED-99-71: Published: Feb 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the actions the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has taken to move from its traditional regulatory approach to an approach that considers risk in conjunction with engineering analyses and operating experience-termed risk-informed regulation, focusing on the: (1) issues that NRC needs to resolve to implement a risk-informed regulatory approach;...
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...
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...
Nuclear Science: Usefulness of Space Power Research to Ground-Based Nuclear Reactor Systems
RCED-89-17: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed nuclear power systems experts on the potential usefulness of space nuclear power systems research to the development of civilian terrestrial nuclear power systems.GAO found that: (1) experts expected that the Department of Energy's (DOE) SP-100 Space Power Program and Multimegawatt Space Nuclear Power Program (MMW) would provide useful knowledge to...
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...
Nuclear Science: Challenges Facing Space Reactor Power Systems Development
RCED-88-23: Published: Dec 2, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) space nuclear development programs, specifically: (1) management and coordination among the sponsoring organizations; and (2) safety-related tasks associated with DOE program activities.GAO found that, although both the SP-100 Space Reactor Program and the Multimegawatt (MMW) Space Nuclear Power Pr...
Views on Constitutionality of Proposed Legislation Affecting Nuclear Powerplant Licensees
B-207029: Published: Aug 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
Views were requested on the constitutionality of a proposed law which would provide that nuclear power plant licensees lose their licenses unless they meet conditions which would require them to make additional expenditures. If the Nuclear Regulatory Commission follows the proposed revocation requirement, it might violate a licensee's constitutional right to due process of law. Specifically, two i...