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Nearly three decades after the last order for a new nuclear power reactor in the United States, electric power companies plan to submit 20 applications in the next 18 months to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for licenses to build and operate new reactors.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has been investigating Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a possible repository for highly radioactive nuclear waste. In February, the Secretary of Energy endorsed the Yucca Mountain site, and the President recommended that Congress approve the site.
The administration's energy policy reflects renewed interest in expanding nuclear power as a source of electricity. However, the nation lacks a facility to permanently dispose of spent fuel from commercial power plants.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) participation in the International Nuclear Regulators Association, focusing on: (1) the Association's activities since it was created; (2) U.S.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress toward the external regulation of nuclear and worker safety at its facilities, focusing on: (1) DOE's changing positions on the desirability of external regulation for its facilities; (2) the disagreement between...
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Convention on Nuclear Safety, focusing on the: (1) Convention's scope and objectives; (2) process for reviewing compliance with the Convention; (3) dissemination of information related to the Convention's proceedings; and (4) costs to implement the...