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, quality assurance plans, and construction of the exploratory shaft facility; (3) DOE disagreed with the NRC viewpoint that its site characterization approach supported a preferred model; (4) DOE adjusted the program to comply with legislative requirements, including termination of all site-specific activities, except reclamation, at the Deaf Smith and Hanford sites; (5) states and Indian tribes that received grants also phased out all but their managerial activities; (6) DOE reduced its project office staffs by about 50 percent; and (7) DOE estimated the costs for phase-out of project activities, reclamation, and completion of all activities at $53 million for the Deaf Smith site and $85 million for the Hanford site.