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The volume, but not the energy content, of hydrocarbon fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, varies in response to changes in temperature. Thus, because of expansion, the energy content per gallon of 90 degree fuel is less than that of 60 degree fuel.
For about 40 years, the Department of Energy's Rocky Flats site, near Denver, served as a production facility that made plutonium triggers, or "pits," for nuclear weapons. That role resulted in radiological and chemical contamination of many of the site's buildings and its soil and water.
On January 29, 2001, the President established the National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG)--a group of cabinet-level and other senior administration officials, chaired by the Vice President--to gather information, deliberate, and recommend a national energy policy.
Although fossil fuels--coal, natural gas, and oil--account for more than two thirds of the nation's electricity, generating units that burn these fuels are major sources of airborne emissions that pose health and environmental risks.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed regulatory and cultural challenges facing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), focusing on the: (1) views of NRC staff on the quality of work NRC performs; and (2) status of NRC's efforts to develop a comprehensive strategy to implement a risk-informed...
Congressional concern has been expressed over the propriety of: (1) the Synthetic Fuels Corporation's (SFC) establishment of an outside expert advisory group, referred to as a study panel; and (2) an SFC agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).