Nuclear waste management (101 - 110 of 219 items)
Nuclear Waste: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Contaminants in Hanford Soils
RCED-92-149: Published: Jul 6, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Energy's (DOE) programs to monitor and characterize contamination in the vadose zone, the unsaturated soil above the groundwater table, at the DOE Hanford site, focusing on: (1) how effective existing DOE vadose zone programs have been; (2) how successful DOE has been developing a strategy for improving its programs; and (3) wheth...
Nuclear Waste: New York's Adherence to Site Selection Procedures Is Unclear
RCED-92-172: Published: Aug 11, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the New York Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission's site selection process for a low level radioactive waste disposal facility.GAO found that: (1) although the Commission decided to include one site among those to be evaluated in more detail, it did not follow its procedures, since the site contained more productive agricultural land than state r...
Nuclear Waste: Defense Waste Processing Facility--Cost, Schedule, and Technical Issues
RCED-92-183: Published: Jun 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the current status of the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) and other facilities that treat radioactive waste and transform it into a more stable glass form; and (2) cost, schedule, management, technical, and other issues that may affect the DWPF program.GAO found that: (1) the DWPF program has experienced cost increases...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Status of Restart Issues at the Rocky Flats Plant
RCED-92-176FS: Published: Jun 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to resolve environment, safety, and health (ES&H) issues and resume plutonium operations at its Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado.GAO found that: (1) since the suspension of the Rocky Flats plant in November 1989, the operating contractor has implemented a process to identify and resolve numerous ES&H issues, an...
Nuclear Waste: Status of Actions to Improve DOE User-Fee Assessments
RCED-92-165: Published: Jun 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of recommendations GAO made regarding DOE assessments of whether nuclear power plant operation fees cover the costs of the civilian nuclear waste disposal program.GAO found that: (1) DOE does not agree that it should automatically adjust disposal fees on the basis of annual inflation rates, citing the...
Energy Reports and Testimony: 1991
RCED-92-120: Published: Jul 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1992.
This annual index includes information on these and other U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) documents directly related to energy that were issued between January and December 1991. This index should be useful for general information and research purposes and for understanding energy issues that GAO is addressing...
Nuclear Health and Safety: More Can Be Done to Better Control Environmental Restoration Costs
RCED-92-71: Published: Apr 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) degree of cost growth associated with the Department of Energy's (DOE) environmental restoration program; and (2) steps DOE can take to better manage and control cost growth.GAO found that: (1) since DOE has not updated or revised its 1988 total cost estimate for completing all environmental restoration work, GAO could not determine the ag...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Repository Site Investigations, a Long and Difficult Task
RCED-92-73: Published: May 27, 1992. Publicly Released: May 27, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) civilian radioactive waste management program, focusing on: (1) DOE efforts to investigate the Yucca Mountain, Nevada, site; (2) DOE efforts to ensure the early identification, primarily through surface-based tests, of any conditions that could disqualify the site; and (3) the effects of delays in DOE obtaining en...
Cleanup Technology: Better Management for DOE's Technology Development Program
RCED-92-145: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its Technology Development (TD) Program, focusing on ways that DOE can increase the program's effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the TD Program as part of its efforts to clean up the environment; (2) although DOE has begun to implement the TD Program and fund major research and developme...
Nuclear Waste: Development of Casks for Transporting Spent Fuel Needs Modification
RCED-92-56: Published: Mar 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to implement transportation-related activities under the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, which requires DOE to investigate Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a potential site for the permanent disposal of nuclear waste in an underground repository and to construct a repository at the site if it finds that the...