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Nuclear Waste: Hanford's Well-Drilling Costs Can Be Reduced
RCED-93-71: Published: Mar 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) well-drilling program at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) DOE and contractors' actions to reduce well-drilling costs; and (2) opportunities for additional cost savings.GAO found that: (1) well installation costs could be lowered by using more efficient drilling methods; (2) DOE directed its contractors to study dr...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Tank Waste Program Needs Cost, Schedule, and Management Changes
RCED-93-99: Published: Mar 8, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Hanford waste vitrification plant, focusing on: (1) technical and other issues that affect the Tank Waste Remediation System (TWRS); and (2) the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to end interim storage of high-level radioactive waste at the site.GAO found that: (1) DOE has not determined how many samples it will need for waste...
Hazardous Waste: Much Work Remains to Accelerate Facility Cleanups
RCED-93-15: Published: Jan 19, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) administration of its hazardous waste facility corrective action program, focusing on the: (1) status of the corrective action program; (2) availability of funds for the corrective action program; and (3) effectiveness of data used to determine oversight costs.GAO found that: (1) of the 3,400 facilities s...
Pesticides: Adulterated Imported Foods Are Reaching U.S. Grocery Shelves
RCED-92-205: Published: Sep 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) pesticide monitoring program, focusing on whether: (1) federal deterrents are adequate to prevent pesticide-adulterated food from reaching U.S. grocery shelves; and (2) FDA is using its resources to maximize detection of adulterated shipments.GAO found that: (1) FDA has increased its testing o...
Superfund: EPA Needs to Better Focus Cleanup Technology Development
T-RCED-92-92: Published: Sep 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to foster new treatment technologies to clean up hazardous waste sites, focusing on: (1) innovative technologies that have been demonstrated, selected, or used for Superfund cleanup sites; and (2) EPA efforts to reduce barriers to the development and use of innovative technologies. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has planned 119 field demon...
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: Questionable Uses of Program Funds at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
RCED-92-157: Published: May 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's use of nuclear waste funds to support independent research projects and to manage project activities for the Yucca Mountain, Nevada, underground repository site for permanent disposal of radioactive wastes.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year (FY) 1990 and FY 1991, Livermore us...
National Park Service: Policies and Practices for Determining Concessioners' Building Use Fees
T-RCED-92-66: Published: May 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 21, 1992.
GAO discussed the fees that National Park Service (NPS) concessioners pay for using federally owned facilities. GAO noted that: (1) NPS does not maintain data on concession agreements that include the use of federally owned facilities; (2) in 1990, there were about 150 agreements involving concessioners' use of about 1,400 federally owned facilities; (3) those concessioners' gross revenues ranged...
Natural Gas: Factors Affecting Approval Times for Construction of Natural Gas Pipelines
RCED-92-100: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC): (1) process for approving applications for constructing natural gas pipelines; and (2) efforts to streamline the approval process.GAO found that: (1) between October 1, 1987, and February 28, 1991, FERC approved 171 applications to construct new natural gas pipelines and related facilities, with a...
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...