Accession Number : ADA256807


Title :   Nuclear Science: Status of DOE's Self-Supporting Isotope Program


Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV


Personal Author(s) : Rezendes, Victor S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a256807.pdf


Report Date : 12 Aug 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 6


Abstract : In summary, isotopes are important tools for use in medical treatments, industrial applications, and scientific research. Although DOE's isotope program is relatively small, it is an important domestic source of isotopes. However, we found that DOE faces significant obstacles in attempting to operate the program on a self-supporting basis. Essentially, DOE cannot recoup the costs of its isotope operation through revenues from isotope sales. As a result, its original operating fund of $16 million has been depleted, and DOE is currently relying on borrowed funds to keep the program solvent. High, uncontrollable operating costs, lack of capital funding, and foreign competition--much of it subsidized--have been the primary obstacles to operating the program on a self-sufficient basis.


Descriptors :   *INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION , *ISOTOPES , NUCLEAR REACTORS , COST OVERRUNS


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Isotopes


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE