Nuclear waste management (71 - 80 of 219 items)
Department of Energy: Framework Is Needed to Reevaluate Its Role and Missions
T-RCED-95-232: Published: Jun 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1995.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) missions and priorities, focusing on proposals to abolish DOE. GAO noted that: (1) DOE missions and roles have changed dramatically since 1977 when DOE was created to respond to the nation's energy crisis; (2) energy research, conservation, and policy-making priorities have been overshadowed by weapons production, environmental cleanup, and science an...
Nuclear Facility Cleanup: Centralized Contracting of Laboratory Analysis Would Produce Budgetary Savings
RCED-95-118: Published: May 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) decentralized approach to laboratory analysis, focusing on: (1) the differences in prices and contracting approaches between DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for similar types of laboratory analyses; (2) whether the decentralized DOE approach has resulted in any administrative inefficiencies; and (3...
Radioactive Waste: Status of Commercial Low-Level Waste Facilities
RCED-95-67: Published: May 5, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed state efforts to dispose of the low-level radioactive waste that is generated commercially within their borders.GAO found that: (1) 11 states plan to develop commercially generated low-level waste disposal facilities and the state of Washington plans to continue operating its existing disposal facility; (2) 4 states plan to complete facilities betw...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Establishing a National Risk-Based Strategy for Cleanup
T-RCED-95-120: Published: Mar 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1995.
GAO discussed the cost of the Department of Energy's (DOE) cleanup of its nuclear weapons facilities and proposed legislation on DOE risk management. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has made limited progress in cleaning up its nuclear weapons facilities despite receiving $23 billion for environmental activities between 1989 and 1993; (2) most of DOE cleanup projects are still in the developmental stage; (...
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...
Nuclear Waste: Change in Test Strategy Sound, but DOE Overstated Savings
RCED-95-44: Published: Dec 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to abandon underground testing of nuclear wastes at its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in favor of laboratory-based tests, focusing on whether: (1) the decision is scientifically sound; and (2) DOE projected cost and time savings estimates are realistic.GAO found that: (1) scientists, experts, regulator...
Nuclear Cleanup: Difficulties in Coordinating Activities Under Two Environmental Laws
RCED-95-66: Published: Dec 22, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to clean up its nuclear waste sites and comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), focusing on: (1) the problems DOE has encountered in coordinating its nuclear waste cleanup activities; and...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Further Improvement Needed in the Hanford Tank Farm Maintenance Program
RCED-95-29: Published: Nov 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) tank farm maintenance program at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) DOE progress in strengthening the maintenance program; and (2) opportunities for further improvement.GAO found that: (1) the Hanford management and operations contractor has implemented a new approach for coordinating maintenance work on the tank fa...
Nuclear Waste: Comprehensive Review of the Disposal Program Is Needed
RCED-94-299: Published: Sep 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO audited the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, focusing on the need for: (1) a comprehensive independent review of the radioactive waste disposal program; and (2) fundamental policies for program guidance.GAO found that: (1) the Secretary of Energy has undertaken several initiatives to address problems in the rad...
Nuclear Waste: Foreign Countries' Approaches to High-Level Waste Storage and Disposal
RCED-94-172: Published: Aug 4, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on foreign countries' approaches for managing civilian high-level waste, the lessons that can be learned from these countries' experiences.GAO noted that: (1) although the other countries' approaches to nuclear waste disposal could offer insights for managing U.S. nuclear waste, the United States needs to consider the social and economi...