Nuclear waste (1 - 10 of 34 items)
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Environmental Management Initiatives Report Is Incomplete
GAO-09-697R: Published: Jun 2, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2009.
The Department of Energy (DOE) spends billions of dollars annually to clean up nuclear waste at sites across the nation that produced nuclear weapons from the 1940s through the end of the Cold War. This waste can threaten public health and the environment. For example, contaminants at DOE's Hanford site in Washington have migrated through the soil into the groundwater, which generally flows toward...
Nuclear Waste: Action Needed to Improve Accountability and Management of DOE's Major Cleanup Projects
GAO-08-1081: Published: Sep 26, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2008.
The Department of Energy (DOE) spends billions of dollars annually to clean up nuclear wastes at sites that produced nuclear weapons. Cleanup projects decontaminate and demolish buildings, remove and dispose of contaminated soil, treat contaminated groundwater, and stabilize and dispose of solid and liquid radioactive wastes. Ten of these projects meet or nearly meet DOE's definition of major: cos...
Nuclear Waste: Challenges and Savings Opportunities in DOE's High-Level Waste Cleanup Program
GAO-03-930T: Published: Jul 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2003.
The Department of Energy (DOE) oversees the treatment and disposal of 94 million gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste from the nation's nuclear weapons program, currently at DOE sites in Washington, Idaho, and South Carolina. In 2002, DOE began an initiative to reduce the estimated $105-billion cost and 70-year time frame of this cleanup. GAO was asked to testify on the status of this initi...
Nuclear Waste: Challenges to Achieving Potential Savings in DOE's High-Level Waste Cleanup Program
GAO-03-593: Published: Jun 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2003.
The Department of Energy (DOE) oversees one of the largest cleanup programs in history--the treatment and disposal of 94 million gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste from the nation's nuclear weapons program. This waste is currently at DOE sites in Washington, Idaho, and South Carolina. In 2002, DOE began an initiative to reduce the estimated $105-billion cost and 70-year time frame of this...
Department of Energy: Need to Address Longstanding Management Weaknesses
T-RCED-99-255: Published: Jul 13, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed proposals for reorganizing the Department of Energy (DOE), focusing on: (1) longstanding weaknesses in DOE's management that GAO has identified over the past several years; (2) the effect that the proposals to deal with national security weaknesses would have on addressing these weaknesses; and (3) a framework for evaluating DOE's missions and pos...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Management and Organization of the Nevada Repository Project
RCED-95-27: Published: Dec 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its nuclear waste repository project, focusing on: (1) whether DOE is effectively using its management contractor to manage the project; (2) DOE efforts to consolidate participants' activities, streamline decisionmaking, and reduce project costs; and (3) the recent DOE initiative to reorganize project...
Nuclear Waste: Problems and Delays With Characterizing Hanford's Single-Shell Tank Waste
RCED-91-118: Published: Apr 23, 1991. Publicly Released: May 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to characterize single-shell tank wastes at its Hanford, Washington site, focusing on impediments such as: (1) technological limitations; and (2) safety considerations.GAO found that: (1) due to the number of unresolved issues, DOE was unlikely to complete the first-phase characterization of the sing...
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: Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of March 31, 1988
RCED-88-163BR: Published: May 19, 1988. Publicly Released: May 19, 1988.
GAO provided its quarterly status report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of its Nuclear Waste Program for the quarter ended March 31, 1988.GAO found that: (1) DOE issued a draft site characterization plan for the Yucca Mountain site to the state of Nevada and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); (2) NRC raised objections concerning alternative conceptual modeling of the site...
Nuclear Waste: Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of December 31, 1987
RCED-88-99FS: Published: Feb 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1988.
GAO provided its quarterly status report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of its nuclear waste management program for the quarter ended December 31, 1987.GAO found that, during the quarter: (1) an amendment to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act terminated the site-specific activities, except reclamation, at the Deaf Smith and Hanford sites; (2) DOE closed out the existing financial ass...