Nuclear waste management (111 - 120 of 219 items)
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Improving DOE's Management of the Environmental Cleanup
T-RCED-92-43: Published: Mar 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1992.
GAO discussed the overall management systems that the Department of Energy (DOE) will need to oversee the cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has put considerable effort into developing management systems to set priorities, estimate project costs, and track clean-up progress, but further efforts will be needed to provide management systems that ensure that clea...
Cleanup Technology: DOE's Management of Environmental Cleanup Technology
T-RCED-92-29: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its programs to develop environmental clean-up technology. GAO noted that DOE: (1) faces a difficult task in the cleanup of its nuclear weapons complex; (2) began the technology development program and started funding eight integrated clean-up projects to address such problems as contaminated soil and groundwater, buried waste, and under...
Nuclear Waste: Slow Progress Developing Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities
RCED-92-61: Published: Jan 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) state efforts to implement the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985; (2) federal and state efforts to resolve issues related to mixed waste, low-level waste that also contains hazardous chemicals, and wastes with very low levels of radioactivity; and (3) the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in discharging the federal...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Problems Continue for Rocky Flats Solar Pond Cleanup Program
RCED-92-18: Published: Oct 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided updated information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in cleaning up solar evaporation ponds at its Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, focusing on the: (1) estimated cost of the project; (2) status of the detailed plans for conducting and monitoring the program; (3) status of clean-up activities; and (4) specific milestones that DOE has...
Nuclear Waste: Operation of Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility Is Unlikely by 1998
RCED-91-194: Published: Sep 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the alternatives of storing spent nuclear fuel exclusively at utility reactor sites or transferring the waste to a federal facility for monitored retrievable storage (MRS), focusing on the: (1) likelihood of an MRS facility operating by 1998; (2) legal implications if the Department of Energy (DOE) is unable to take delivery of wastes in 1998; (3)...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Single-Shell Tank Leaks Greater Than Estimated
RCED-91-177: Published: Aug 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) or its Hanford, Washington, site contractor fully disclosed the volume of waste that leaked from the site's underground single-shell storage tanks.GAO found that: (1) DOE estimated that 750,000 gallons of liquid waste leaked from 66 shell tanks, but did not include the volume of cooling water that had been a...
Nuclear Waste: Extensive Process to Site Low-Level Waste Disposal Facility in Nebraska
RCED-91-149: Published: Jul 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the selection of a site for a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility within a 5-state area, focusing on: (1) the contractor's site-selection process; (2) the scientific merit of the geological and hydrologic assessments of the candidate sites; (3) Nebraska's statutory policy requiring community support for the proposed facility at the chosen...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Environmental, Health and Safety Practices at Naval Reactors Facilities
T-RCED-91-24: Published: Apr 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
GAO discussed environmental, health, and safety practices at two Naval Reactors Program research and development facilities. GAO noted that: (1) the laboratories and sites were in full compliance with federal and state standards regarding radioactive releases to the environment and there was no evidence of unsafe radiological operations or conditions; (2) there was no evidence in personnel exposur...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Expenditures on The Yucca Mountain Project
T-RCED-91-37: Published: Apr 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of appropriated funds for completing a scientific investigation needed to obtain a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license to construct and operate a nuclear waste repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. GAO noted that: (1) DOE was not ready to begin on-site investigations, originally scheduled for 1987, until 1991 because it took longer th...
Managing the Environmental Cleanup of DOE's Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-91-27: Published: Apr 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that: (1) DOE reorganized its headquarters regional activities to ensure better management focus on the cleanup effort; (2) DOE restructured its award-fee program to better ensure that its contractors appropriately emphasized environment, safety, and health issues; (3) there were problems and...