Uranium (41 - 50 of 59 items)
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...
Fair Value Pricing of Uranium Enrichment Services
115402: Jun 5, 1981
The Department of Energy (DOE) is the sole supplier of uranium enrichment services in this country. The basis used for setting enrichment service prices has been the recovery of the Government's costs over a reasonable period of time. Under a fair value pricing concept, enrichment service prices would be based on what a private enricher would charge if it owned and operated a uranium enrichment fa...
Uranium Enrichment Pricing
EMD-81-75: Published: Apr 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1981.
The Department of Energy's (DOE) current pricing policy for its uranium enrichment services constitutes a subsidy for commercial nuclear power. GAO has long been in favor of changing the basis of the DOE price for uranium enrichment services from cost recovery to a fair value price. Some of the advantages in adopting fair value pricing include: (1) removing a subsidy to the nuclear industry by eli...
Cost To Retire Uranium Enrichment Facilities Should Be Included in Current Uranium Enrichment Charges
EMD-79-94: Published: Sep 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1979.
GAO has maintained an interest in the Department of Energy (DOE) uranium enrichment pricing policies and procedures. DOE, the sole supplier of enriched uranium in the United States, has three enrichment plants in operation with a fourth scheduled to begin operation in the late 1980's. Eventually these plants will be retired. According to the former Energy Research and Development Administration, t...
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...
Fair Value Enrichment Pricing: Is It Fair?
EMD-78-66: Published: Apr 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1978.
The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to recover all costs for its enrichment activities over a reasonable period of time. Title V of the fiscal year 1979 DOE authorization bill would allow DOE to recover its costs plus a percentage of these costs representing certain other expenses which would be reflected in prices charged by private operators.Advanta...
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...
Centrifuge Enrichment: Benefits and Risks
EMD-78-46: Published: Mar 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1978.
There are three government-owned uranium enrichment plants in the United States: at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; near Paducah, Kentucky; and near Portsmouth, Ohio. These uranium enrichment plants use gaseous diffusion to enrich the uranium, a technology the government has successfully used for 30 years. Because the capacity of the three plants is fully committed, in 1976 Congress authorized construction...