Nuclear reactors (11 - 20 of 44 items)
Fusion Research: Costs of Ending DOE's Participation in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project Appear Reasonable
RCED-99-140R: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Energy's (DOE) expenses to close out its participation in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project were reasonable.GAO noted that: (1) DOE's plans for an orderly closeout of its ITER activities appear reasonable; (2) in addition to the $12.2 million appropriation provided by Congress, DOE also...
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 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 Nonproliferation: Information on Nuclear Exports Controlled by U.S.-EURATOM Agreement
RCED-95-168: Published: Jun 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the United States-European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) agreement, focusing on the: (1) amount of U.S. nuclear exports to EURATOM and Japan and U.S.-origin nuclear materials transferred from Japan to EURATOM; (2) value of U.S. nuclear exports to EURATOM and Japan; and (3) nuclear industry's views on the potential impact on nucle...
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 Nonproliferation: Concerns With U.S. Delays in Accepting Foreign Research Reactors' Spent Fuel
RCED-94-119: Published: Mar 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1994.
GAO provided information on U.S. efforts to convert foreign research reactors from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) and to consolidate spent fuel, focusing on the: (1) effects of delays in renewing the Off-Site Fuels Policy on U.S. nonproliferation goals and programs; (2) Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to renew the fuels policy; and (3) price to be charged to forei...
Nuclear Science: DOE's Self-Supporting Isotope Program Is Experiencing Problems
RCED-92-122FS: Published: Jun 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Isotope Production and Distribution Program, focusing on: (1) problems the program has experienced in operating on a self-supporting basis; (2) the cost factors affecting DOE isotope production; and (3) domestic isotope customers' reactions to the program.GAO found that: (1) DOE has experienced difficu...
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 Science: U.S. Electricity Needs and DOE's Civilian Reactor Development Program
RCED-90-151: Published: May 29, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) projected U.S. electricity needs through 1998; (2) whether the Department of Energy's (DOE) Civilian Reactor Development Program could help meet those needs; and (3) the views of utility company and nuclear industry officials on DOE efforts to promote advanced reactor development.GAO found that: (1) from 1989 to 1998, the summer demand for ele...
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...