Energy research (51 - 60 of 317 items)
Department of Energy: Need To Reevaluate Its Role and Missions
T-RCED-95-85: Published: Jan 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 1995.
GAO discussed the role and missions of the Department of Energy (DOE). GAO noted that: (1) DOE missions and priorities have changed dramatically since 1977; (2) DOE budget priorities have shifted from energy research, conservation, and policymaking to weapons production and environmental cleanup; (3) DOE suffers from significant management problems, including poor management of the nuclear weapons...
Department of Energy: Procedures Followed in Awarding Grants to Study Uses of Collider's Assets
RCED-95-53: Published: Dec 13, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) procedures for awarding grants for studies of future uses of Superconducting Super Collider assets, focusing on: (1) whether DOE complied with federal regulations and its own procedures in awarding research grants; (2) how the solicited grants' funding and timing compared; and (3) whether grantees residing in Texas...
Nuclear Cleanup: Difficulties in Coordinating Activities Under Two Environmental Laws
RCED-95-66: Published: Dec 22, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to clean up its nuclear waste sites and comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), focusing on: (1) the problems DOE has encountered in coordinating its nuclear waste cleanup activities; and...
Energy Supply: Energy Potential of Municipal Solid Waste Is Limited
RCED-94-200: Published: Sep 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the potential environmental impacts of producing energy from solid waste, focusing on the: (1) Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to use waste as a viable energy source; and (2) potential energy savings from and environmental impacts for recycling waste material.GAO found that: (1) energy recovery from municipal solid waste has the potential for...
Nuclear Waste: Foreign Countries' Approaches to High-Level Waste Storage and Disposal
RCED-94-172: Published: Aug 4, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on foreign countries' approaches for managing civilian high-level waste, the lessons that can be learned from these countries' experiences.GAO noted that: (1) although the other countries' approaches to nuclear waste disposal could offer insights for managing U.S. nuclear waste, the United States needs to consider the social and economi...
Energy Management: Payments in Lieu of Taxes for DOE Property May Need to Be Reassessed
RCED-94-204: Published: Jul 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) compensation payments for property in lieu of state and local property taxes, focusing on: (1) how DOE identified communities for such payments and determined the payment amounts; (2) whether a 1987 revision of DOE payment policy was consistent with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; and (3) the potential effect of DOE...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Sites Used for Disposal of Radioactive Waste in Alaska
RCED-94-130FS: Published: Jul 6, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether: (1) any adverse health and safety consequences occurred as a result of the former Atomic Energy Commission's Project Chariot; and (2) the federal government disposal of radioactive wastes at other abandoned sites in Alaska.GAO found that: (1) the amounts of radioactive materials at the Project Chariot site do not appear to lead to adverse...
Geothermal Energy: Outlook Limited for Some Uses but Promising for Geothermal Heat Pumps
RCED-94-84: Published: Jun 3, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the potential uses of geothermal energy for electrical generation, direct-use applications, and geothermal heat pumps, focusing on: (1) the obstacles to development; (2) industry and government efforts to overcome these obstacles; and (3) the environmental effects of geothermal production.GAO found that: (1) increases in the use of geothermal elect...
Nuclear Waste: Much Effort Needed to Meet Federal Facility Compliance Act's Requirements
RCED-94-179: Published: May 17, 1994. Publicly Released: May 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of radioactive and hazardous waste, focusing on: (1) DOE progress in submitting treatment plans and complying with the Federal Facility Compliance Act (FFCA); (2) DOE efforts to develop technologies for and provide the capacity to treat mixed wastes; and (3) additional actions needed to completely imple...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Concerns With U.S. Delays in Accepting Foreign Research Reactors' Spent Fuel
RCED-94-119: Published: Mar 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1994.
GAO provided information on U.S. efforts to convert foreign research reactors from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) and to consolidate spent fuel, focusing on the: (1) effects of delays in renewing the Off-Site Fuels Policy on U.S. nonproliferation goals and programs; (2) Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to renew the fuels policy; and (3) price to be charged to forei...