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Department of Energy: Alternatives for Clearer Missions and Better Management at the National Laboratories
T-RCED-95-128: Published: Mar 9, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its national laboratories. GAO noted that: (1) DOE does not focus the laboratories' work on national priorities; (2) experts believe the laboratories' highest priority missions should be national defense, energy, the environment, and commercial technology; (3) DOE has not established clear and appropr...
Department of Energy: National Priorities Needed for Meeting Environmental Agreements
RCED-95-1: Published: Mar 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex, focusing on: (1) its use of environmental agreements with state and federal regulators; and (2) the effectiveness of its cleanup strategy.GAO found that: (1) DOE has focused on collecting data and investigating sites, rather than the actual cleanup of sites; (2) DOE has only put a small amount of eff...
Uranium Enrichment: Observations on the Privatization of the United States Enrichment Corporation
T-RCED-95-116: Published: Feb 24, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1995.
GAO discussed the privatization of the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (USEC). GAO noted that: (1) the Energy Policy Act requires it to evaluate the USEC privatization plan before implementation and to report to Congress on whether the plan would result in any ongoing government obligations or undue costs and whether the expected sale revenues would meet or exceed USEC net present value; (2) its deter...
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 Health and Safety: Consensus on Acceptable Radiation Risk to the Public Is Lacking
RCED-94-190: Published: Sep 19, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the consistency and compatibility of federal radiation standards, focusing on: (1) the various limits on public exposure to radiation; (2) the various protective strategies associated with the standards; and (3) whether the standards as a whole provide a coherent, complete federal framework for public radiation protection.GAO found that: (1) the di...
Energy Management: Payments in Lieu of Taxes for DOE Property May Need to Be Reassessed
RCED-94-204: Published: Jul 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) compensation payments for property in lieu of state and local property taxes, focusing on: (1) how DOE identified communities for such payments and determined the payment amounts; (2) whether a 1987 revision of DOE payment policy was consistent with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; and (3) the potential effect of DOE...
Uranium Enrichment: Activities Leading to Establishment of the U.S. Enrichment Corporation
RCED-94-227FS: Published: Jun 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the transition of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Uranium Enrichment Program to the United States Enrichment Corporation.GAO found that: (1) despite a short transition period and a small transition team, the Corporation was successfully established on July 1, 1993; (2) DOE effectively completed the lease agreements, developed regulatory oversight...
Nuclear Safety: Unresolved Issues Could Impair DOE's Oversight Effectiveness
RCED-94-129: Published: Jun 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) restructuring of its nuclear safety oversight functions, focusing on: (1) whether the proposed changes would improve DOE ability to ensure nuclear safety; (2) the process DOE used to consolidate the Nuclear Safety and Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Offices; and (3) issues that could affect ES&H nuclear safety...
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 Health and Safety: Examples of Post World War II Radiation Releases at U.S. Nuclear Sites
RCED-94-51FS: Published: Nov 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on planned post-World War II radioactive releases at U.S. nuclear sites, focusing on: (1) the Green Run test conducted at the Hanford, Washington, site in December 1949; and (2) several other tests at U.S. nuclear sites in the late 1940s and early 1950s that involved radioactive releases.GAO found that: (1) the Green Run test was an atm...