Allegations That Usable Tools and Equipment Were Buried at the TVA Hartsville Nuclear Project

RCED-83-42: Published: Dec 17, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1983.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed certain allegations that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) buried usable tools and equipment at its Hartsville nuclear project. GAO also investigated whether TVA had addressed these allegations and whether inventory control and disposal problems existed.

GAO found that TVA adequately investigated the allegations concerning current inventory and control practices at the Hartsville construction site. Further, GAO confirmed that, except for a few minor items, usable construction material and equipment were not buried at the site. However, GAO noted that, unless TVA resolves the deficiencies with inventory control and disposal practices by ensuring that its procedures are consistently implemented at all construction projects, similar allegations might arise and unnecessary small equipment losses could continue.

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