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Nuclear Waste: Challenges to Achieving Potential Savings in DOE's High-Level Waste Cleanup Program
GAO-03-593: Published: Jun 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2003.
The Department of Energy (DOE) oversees one of the largest cleanup programs in history--the treatment and disposal of 94 million gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste from the nation's nuclear weapons program. This waste is currently at DOE sites in Washington, Idaho, and South Carolina. In 2002, DOE began an initiative to reduce the estimated $105-billion cost and 70-year time frame of this...
Nuclear Waste: Uncertainties About the Yucca Mountain Repository Project
GAO-02-765T: Published: May 23, 2002. Publicly Released: May 23, 2002.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has been investigating Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a possible repository for highly radioactive nuclear waste. In February, the Secretary of Energy endorsed the Yucca Mountain site, and the President recommended that Congress approve the site. If the site is approved, DOE must apply to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for authorization to build a repository. If...
Nuclear Waste: Technical, Schedule, and Cost Uncertainties of the Yucca Mountain Repository Project
GAO-02-191: Published: Dec 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2001.
The administration's energy policy reflects renewed interest in expanding nuclear power as a source of electricity. However, the nation lacks a facility to permanently dispose of spent fuel from commercial power plants. The Department of Energy (DOE) has been studying Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a possible repository for these highly radioactive wastes. GAO believes that it may be premature for the...
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 Waste: Agreement Among Agencies Responsible for the West Valley Site Is Critically Needed
GAO-01-314: Published: May 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2001.
The West Valley nuclear facility in western New York State was built in the 1960s to convert spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors into reusable nuclear fuel. New York State, the owner of the site, and the Atomic Energy Commission--the predecessor of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Department of Energy (DOE)--jointly promoted the venture. However, the timing of the venture wa...
Department of Energy: Views on Proposed Civil Penalties, Security Oversight, and External Safety Regulation Legislation
T-RCED-00-135: Published: Mar 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its views on three bills designed to improve worker and nuclear facility safety and health as well as to enhance security for the Department of Energy (DOE).GAO noted that: (1) H.R. 3383 would amend the Atomic Energy Act by eliminating the exemption that allows certain nonprofit contractors to avoid paying civil penalties if they violate DOE's nuc...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Status of Heavy Fuel Oil Delivered to North Korea Under the Agreed Framework
RCED-99-276: Published: Sep 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated issues related to the implementation of the U.S./North Korean Agreed Framework, focusing on the: (1) status of heavy fuel oil funding and the deliveries to North Korea undertaken pursuant to the Agreed Framework; and (2) controls in place to prevent the diversion of heavy fuel oil from heating and electricity generation to other purposes not sp...
Nuclear Safety: Information on the International Nuclear Regulators Association
RCED-99-243: Published: Aug 6, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) participation in the International Nuclear Regulators Association, focusing on: (1) the Association's activities since it was created; (2) U.S. costs to support NRC's participation in the Association; (3) the views of NRC's commissioners and others on the benefits of the Association; and (4)...
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...
Department of Energy: Cost Estimates for the Hanford Tank Waste Remediation Project
RCED-99-188R: Published: May 19, 1999. Publicly Released: May 19, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the differences between GAO's 1998 report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Tank Waste Remediation project and a 1998 report on the same project prepared by the Pacific Rim Enterprise Center, focusing on why the two reports reached substantially different conclusions about the growth in costs for the tank waste project.GAO...