Nuclear Waste:

Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of June 30, 1988

RCED-88-204BR: Published: Aug 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1988.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed key nuclear waste program activities occurring in the quarter ending June 30, 1988, and related activities occurring in July 1988.

GAO found that: (1) in May 1988, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued final point papers on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Yucca Mountain draft site characterization plan, finding that DOE inadequately considered alternative conceptual models and did not provide an adequate quality assurance program; (2) in June 1988, DOE released a draft mission plan amendment to federal agencies, states, and others for comment; and (3) in April 1988, DOE reorganized its Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, placing more emphasis on quality assurance, facility licensing, integration of all waste system components, and interactions with affected governments, the public, and other organizations.

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