Nuclear powerplants (21 - 30 of 45 items)
Analysis of Studies on Alternative Financing for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor
RCED-83-151: Published: May 12, 1983. Publicly Released: May 17, 1983.
GAO was asked to review the anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) report on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) project and to assess the alternatives presented by the Department of Energy for securing additional private financing.In the report, DOE stated that its approach was to develop Government technical input which the Breeder Reactor Corporation task force could use to develop private...
Analysis of Alternative Approaches to Completing the DOE Water-Cooled Breeder Program
RCED-83-87: Published: Mar 25, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided: (1) an evaluation of the advisability of delaying, reducing, or discontinuing the fuel evaluation phase of the water-cooled breeder program; (2) an examination of the reasonableness of staffing levels planned for the removal of nuclear fuel from the Shippingport Atomic Power Station; and (3) an evaluation of the extent of industry interest in t...
Selected Aspects of Nuclear Powerplant Reliability and Economics
RED-76-7: Published: Aug 15, 1975. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1982.
No summary is currently available...
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...
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission: More Aggressive Leadership Needed
EMD-80-17: Published: Jan 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1980.
In response to congressional directive, GAO reviewed and audited the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) performance regulating nuclear activities during the first 5 years of its existence. The NRC regulates the Nation's commercial nuclear power program and other nuclear activities. Concern over the future of nuclear power has reached crisis proportions, and the NRC will need to establish a fou...
Nuclear Power Costs and Subsidies
EMD-79-52: Published: Jun 13, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1979.
The full cost of nuclear-generated electricity includes the electric utilities' costs, which are passed on to the consumer, and the costs borne by the federal government, which would generally be financed through tax revenues. As of January 31, 1979, 70 nuclear power plants were licensed to operate in the United States. These plants, having a total capacity of about 50,000 megawatts, provided abou...
Need To Include Mill Losses in Uranium Resource Demand Analyses
EMD-79-50: Published: Apr 10, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1979.
The adequacy of the uranium resource base has become a significant issue in the discussion of the long-term role of nuclear power. An assessment of the future role of nuclear power in the United States is now being completed.Many studies do not account for the uranium losses from milling the uranium-bearing ore to extract U308. As a result these studies understate the actual demand of a nuclear re...
The Nuclear Weapons Complex--A Declining Capability
PSAD-79-20: Published: Jan 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1979.
GAO has completed a survey of the physical condition and technological status of equipment and utility systems at the Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Powerstation in South Carolina, the Y-12 nuclear facilty in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the weapons complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The purpose was to determine the state of America's weapons complex and evaluate the extent of the physica...
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...