Research and development (11 - 20 of 32 items)
Nuclear Waste: Delays in Addressing Environmental Requirements and New Safety Concerns Affect DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
T-RCED-91-67: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1991.
GAO discussed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) program for conducting transuranic (TRU) waste disposal tests at its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). GAO noted that: (1) DOE cannot use the WIPP repository until the facility meets environmental requirements and DOE resolves safety concerns; (2) from 1981 through 1988, DOE focused on building WIPP and failed to consider environmental...
Energy Reports and Testimony: 1990
RCED-91-84: Published: Jan 2, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1991.
Growing dependence on imported oil, the need to develop new technologies to use energy cleanly and efficiently, and the tremendous problems at the Nation's nuclear weapons complex have all served to thrust the Department of Energy, and its programs, once again into the public spotlight. Because of these challenges, energy issues will continue to play a major role in economic and environmental publ...
The U.S. Uranium Enrichment Services Program
123545: Mar 1, 1984
Testimony was given concerning the current status of the U.S. uranium enrichment program and Department of Energy (DOE) uranium enrichment contracting practices which have been designed to improve the program's viability. Due to foreign competition, reduced consumer demand, and concern over nuclear proliferation, health, and safety issues, there has been a steady deterioration of the U.S. uranium...
Proposed Changes to the Atomic Energy Commission's Arrangement for Carrying Out the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Demonstration Project
B-164105: Published: Feb 27, 1973. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1983.
No summary is currently available...
Update of DOE Staffing Levels Under the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy
RCED-83-177: Published: Jun 6, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) staffing trends for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy Programs since a 1982 GAO report on staffing levels; and (2) the extent to which DOE has complied with staffing requirements for those program areas affected by legislatively required minimum staffing levels.GAO fou...
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...
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...
Hazards of Past Low-Level Radioactive Waste Ocean Dumping Have Been Overemphasized
EMD-82-9: Published: Oct 21, 1981. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1981.
GAO evaluated the environmental and public health consequences of past ocean dumping of low-level radioactive waste. Its report discussed federal efforts to identify the extent of past ocean dumping, ensure that it poses neither an environmental nor public health hazard, and ensure that any possible future dumping is conducted safely and in an environmentally acceptable manner.GAO found that the f...
U.S.-Japan Cooperative Efforts in Energy Research and Development
ID-80-36: Published: Mar 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1980.
Information was requested on the nature and status of United States-Japan cooperative efforts in energy research and development. In May 1979, the United States and Japan signed an agreement to cooperate on energy-related matters. This is an umbrella agreement for cooperation in several areas and is to run for 10 years. The initial areas to be emphasized are nuclear fusion and coal conversion. The...