Environmental monitoring (51 - 60 of 63 items)
Nuclear Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
RCED-90-1: Published: Dec 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) 5-year program for demonstrating its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) capacity for safe disposal of transuranic (TRU) wastes produced by DOE atomic energy defense activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the 5-year test program to help determine WIPP compliance with 1985 Environmental Protection Agency (EP...
Dealing With Enormous Problems in the Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-89-6: Published: Feb 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1989.
GAO discussed actions the Department of Energy (DOE) should take to clean up and modernize its nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that DOE: (1) needs to address the cleanup and decontamination of its existing facilities as they are retired from service; (2) needs to clearly define the environmental cleanup problems to be resolved; (3) should prioritize the sites that require immediate cleanup; (4)...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Summary of Major Problems at DOE's Rocky Flats Plant
RCED-89-53BR: Published: Oct 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO summarized the major environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) problems at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, which is the focal point for DOE plutonium operations.GAO found that: (1) since 1986, DOE has performed three technical safety appraisals, which made 230 recommendations covering a wide range of safety and health s...
Nuclear Health and Safety: DOE's Management and Funding of Environment, Safety, and Health Programs
RCED-88-227FS: Published: Sep 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the effectiveness of the Department of Energy's (DOE) management and funding of environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) activities at its nuclear defense facilities.GAO found that DOE: (1) implemented many management and funding procedures to improve its ES&H efforts in response to GAO recommendations; (2) established a program within the Offi...
Nuclear Waste: Problems Associated With DOE's Inactive Waste Sites
RCED-88-169: Published: Aug 3, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of inactive waste sites at six defense installations, focusing on: (1) DOE identification of the number of sites at the installations; (2) DOE assessment of sites; and (3) environmental problems at the sites.GAO found that: (1) the installations lacked accurate site inventories, with DOE headquarters citi...
Nuclear Waste: Supplementary Information on Problems at DOE's Inactive Waste Sites
RCED-88-229FS: Published: Sep 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the number of inactive waste sites and the extent of environmental contamination at three Department of Energy (DOE) installations.GAO found that: (1) DOE waste disposal practices at the three installations contributed to radioactive and chemical substance pollution of the environment; (2) each installation reported high soil cont...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Dealing With Problems in the Nuclear Defense Complex Expected to Cost Over $100 Billion
RCED-88-197BR: Published: Jul 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined problem areas in the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear defense facilities and the estimated costs to resolve the problems.GAO found that DOE will need to: (1) upgrade its existing nuclear facilities to meet defense needs and to ensure that the facilities conform to safety and environmental standards; (2) clean up most of the groundwater conta...
Nuclear Health And Safety: Summary of Problem Areas Within the DOE Nuclear Complex
RCED-88-130: Published: Mar 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on major environmental and safety problems at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Power Station.GAO found that DOE has not adequately resolved several previously identified, major problems at the Hanford Power Station, including: (1) incomplete or unapproved safety reviews; (2) inadequate transuranic waste disposal; (3) groundwater contaminati...
Nuclear Health and Safety: DOE's Progress in Implementing Its 1985 Initiatives
RCED-87-73FS: Published: Mar 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO monitored the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of initiatives to strengthen environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) programs, to provide information on: (1) the status of the initiatives; and (2) planned DOE actions to complete the initiatives.GAO found that DOE has: (1) made progress in implementing all but one of the initiatives; (2) completed...
Nuclear Waste: Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of June 30, 1986
RCED-86-206FS: Published: Aug 11, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided a status report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of its nuclear waste program for the quarter ending June 30, 1986.GAO found that: (1) in April 1986, the National Academy of Sciences determined that DOE satisfactorily evaluated and ranked the first nuclear waste repository sites; (2) in May 1986, DOE issued final environmental...