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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 Regulatory Commission: Strategy Needed to Develop a Risk-Informed Safety Approach
T-RCED-99-71: Published: Feb 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the actions the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has taken to move from its traditional regulatory approach to an approach that considers risk in conjunction with engineering analyses and operating experience-termed risk-informed regulation, focusing on the: (1) issues that NRC needs to resolve to implement a risk-informed regulatory approach;...
Department of Energy: Status of Fiscal Year 1999 Carryover Balances for Selected DOE Programs
RCED-98-162R: Published: May 8, 1998. Publicly Released: May 8, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on its review of the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal year (FY) 1999 budget request, focusing on operating funds for four major DOE program areas: (1) Energy Efficiency; (2) Energy Research; (3) Fossil Energy; and (4) Nuclear Energy.GAO noted that: (1) these four program areas may have from $575 million to $682 million in potentially...
Nuclear Weapons: Design Reviews of DOE's Tritium Extraction Facility
RCED-98-75: Published: Mar 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to build a Tritium Extraction Facility at its Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the reports of three different teams responsible for reviewing the project's conceptual design and related products, focusing on: (1) the major comments raised by the three reviews; and (2) the process used by DOE to respon...
Year 2000 Readiness: NRC's Proposed Approach Regarding Nuclear Powerplants
AIMD-98-90R: Published: Mar 6, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1998.
GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) proposed generic letter on the year 2000 readiness of computer systems at nuclear power plants, focusing on: (1) a more complete year 2000 program for licensees; (2) licensees' progress on year 2000 readiness; (3) the year 2000 ready certification; and (4) future year 2000 maintenance requirements.GAO noted that: (1) as a benchmark of program...
Department of Energy: Information on the Tritium Leak and Contractor Dismissal at the Brookhaven National Laboratory
RCED-98-26: Published: Nov 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the events surrounding the leak of the radioactive element tritium from a research reactor at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the resulting termination of Associated Universities, Inc., as the laboratory's contractor.GAO noted that: (1) because Brookhaven employees did not aggressively monitor its reactor's spent-fuel pool for leaks, years p...
Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safety: Concerns With the International Atomic Energy Agency's Technical Cooperation Program
RCED-97-192: Published: Sep 16, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the purpose and effectiveness of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) technical cooperation program; (2) the cost of U.S. participation in IAEA's technical cooperation program; and (3) whether the United States ensures that the activities of IAEA's technical cooperation program do not conflict with U.S. nuclear nonproliferation and...
Nuclear Regulation: Preventing Problem Plants Requires More Effective NRC Action
RCED-97-145: Published: May 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) oversight of the nuclear power industry, focusing on how NRC: (1) defines nuclear safety; (2) measures and monitors the safety condition of nuclear plants; and (3) uses its knowledge of safety conditions to ensure the safety of nuclear plants.GAO noted that: (1) to achieve NRC's safety mission, it is critic...
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...
Uranium Enrichment: Process to Privatize the U.S. Enrichment Corporation Needs to Be Strengthened
RCED-95-245: Published: Sep 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the proposed privatization of the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (USEC), focusing on: (1) the net present value of the corporation; and (2) whether the privatization plan would result in any ongoing obligation or undue cost to the government.GAO found that: (1) the USEC privatization plan predicts that USEC stock could sell for up to...