Nuclear Waste:

Funds Spent to Identify a Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility Site

RCED-93-199: Published: Sep 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the accounts of the Office of the Nuclear Waste Negotiator to determine if its expenditures are consistent with legislative provisions; and (2) whether Department of Energy (DOE) grants for identifying a volunteer host for a temporary nuclear storage facility are consistent with the monitored retrievable storage (MRS) program's objectives and properly monitored.

GAO found that: (1) the office's expenditures are consistent with legislative requirements; (2) the office has substantial discretionary authority in hiring employees, obtaining services, promulgating rules and regulations to carry out its functions, and entering into contracts, leases, cooperative agreements, and other transactions for administrative functions; (3) payroll is the largest single expenditure; (4) DOE MRS grant awards to counties and Indian tribes are consistent with MRS program objectives; (5) DOE has adequately reviewed grant applications and monitored grantees' expenditures; (6) DOE has awarded 10 phase I grants totalling $942,000 and 3 phase II grants totalling $200,000; and (7) grantees have used MRS grant funds to travel to nuclear facilities, attend technical conferences, contract for outside experts and vendors, publish reports on their findings, and disseminate information.

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