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Nuclear Nonproliferation: Focusing on the Highest Priority Radiological Sources Could Improve DOE's Efforts to Secure Sources in Foreign Countries
GAO-07-580T: Published: Mar 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2007.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. and international experts raised concerns that unsecured radiological sources posed a significant security threat to the United States and the international community. If certain types of these sources were obtained by terrorists, they could be used to produce a radiological dispersion device, or dirty bomb. In response, the Department of...
The Department of Energy: Key Steps Needed to Help Ensure the Success of the New Loan Guarantee Program for Innovative Technologies by Better Managing Its Financial Risk
GAO-07-339R: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2007.
In May 2006, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed transferring appropriations from some DOE accounts to begin a new loan guarantee program (LGP) authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 05). Title XVII of EPAct 05--Incentives for Innovative Technologies--authorized the LGP to guarantee loans for projects intended to (1) decrease air pollutants or man-made greenhouse gases by reducing...
Yucca Mountain Project: Information on Estimated Costs to Respond to Employee E-Mails That Raised Questions about Quality Assurance
GAO-07-297R: Published: Jan 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2007.
In March 2005, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported the discovery of a series of e-mail messages written in the late 1990s by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) employees working under a contract with DOE on the Yucca Mountain Project. These e-mails alerted DOE that USGS workers may have falsified records for scientific work on the project and may have been disdainful of the project's quality assura...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: DOE's Effort to Close Russia's Plutonium Production Reactors Faces Challenges, and Final Shutdown Is Uncertain
GAO-04-662: Published: Jun 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2004.
Russia's continued operation of three plutonium production reactors poses a serious proliferation threat. The Department of Energy's (DOE) Elimination of Weapons-Grade Plutonium Production program seeks to facilitate the reactors' closure by building or refurbishing replacement fossil fuel plants. This report (1) describes DOE's efforts to manage and implement the program, (2) assesses the challen...
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...
Evaluation of Cost Estimates Related to the Relicensing of Hydroelectric Projects
RCED-85-169: Published: Sep 16, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated widely varying cost estimates associated with relicensing three hydroelectric projects in California and transferring the projects' licenses from a private utility to municipalities and transferring all investor-owned hydroelectric projects nationwide.A study prepared by the public utility involved estimated a cost of $147.5 million per year in...
Problems Identified in FERC's Incentive Pricing Program for Natural Gas From Tight Formations
RCED-85-49: Published: Jun 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) incentive pricing program to determine the risks, costs, and other aspects of producing and pricing natural gas from tight formations.GAO found that the tight formations were not extraordinarily risky or costly to develop, and the criteria FERC used for qualifying tight formations depended heavily o...
The U.S. Uranium Enrichment Services Program
126492: Mar 21, 1985
GAO discussed its views concerning recent intiatives and proposals in the Department of Energy's (DOE) uranium enrichment program. The program's competitive position has steadily deteriorated in recent years due to: (1) differences in the market environment since the full-cost recovery requirement for the program was established; (2) lower prospects for growth in the nuclear power industry; (3) fo...
Status of the Great Plains Coal Gasification Project: August 1982
EMD-82-117: Published: Sep 14, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1982.
Pursuant to a legislative mandate, GAO reviewed the Great Plains Gasification Project. This second report contains information on all aspects of the project, including its status and the funds disbursed. The report also discusses: (1) the project's controls and management; (2) monitoring by the Department of Energy (DOE); and (3) the extent to which the DOE loan guarantee complies with applicable...
The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor: Options for Deciding Future Pace and Direction
EMD-82-79: Published: Jul 12, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1982.
GAO was requested to assess its past positions regarding the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR).The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) is a potential means of providing this country with a long-term energy source. Both the LMFBR program and the CRBR continue to be controversial. There has been a continual erosion in the Government's estimates of anticipated growth of nuclear power. This si...