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Hazardous Waste Sites: State Cleanup Status and Its Implications for Federal Policy
RCED-89-164: Published: Aug 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of state cleanups of hazardous waste sites not on the National Priorities List (NPL) and whether the cleanups met Superfund Program standards.GAO found that: (1) although 47 states reported about 28,000 known or suspected Superfund sites, many had not identified all of their sites; (2) 42 states reported inspecting about 7,800 sites and...
Ability of Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Owners to Comply With Federal Financial Responsibility Requirements
T-RCED-90-9: Published: Oct 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1989.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) requirements for underground petroleum storage tank owners to demonstrate their financial responsibility. GAO noted that EPA: (1) was gradually phasing in its requirements for tank owners to demonstrate their financial ability to clean up tank leaks and compensate anyone harmed by leaks; (2) did not defer the financial responsibility requir...
Homelessness: Additional Information on the Interagency Council on the Homeless
RCED-89-208FS: Published: Sep 22, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Interagency Council on the Homeless' 1988 report to Congress.GAO found that the Council: (1) spent about $180,000 in contracts with several organizations to develop the annual report, including two commissioned studies about six states' activities and a staff study of two cities' homelessness assistance activities; (2) incorpo...
Drinking Water: Safeguards Are Not Preventing Contamination From Injected Oil and Gas Wastes
RCED-89-97: Published: Jul 5, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program, focusing on: (1) whether evidence exists of drinking water contamination from injection wells used in oil and gas production, known as Class II wells, and if so, the causes and actions taken to prevent similar occurrences; and (2) the degree to which states hav...
Superfund: Analysis of Issues Concerning the Operating Industries Site
RCED-89-77: Published: Mar 30, 1989. Publicly Released: May 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) inclusion of a hazardous waste site on its National Priorities List (NPL), focusing on: (1) its inclusion of the entire site on NPL; and (2) the cost-effectiveness of its treatment of the site.GAO found that EPA: (1) complied with applicable laws and regulations when it defined the site's boundaries for i...
Water Pollution: Stronger Enforcement Needed To Improve Compliance at Federal Facilities
RCED-89-13: Published: Dec 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed: (1) federal facilities' compliance with the Water Pollution Control Act; and (2) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and states' oversight and enforcement of the facilities' compliance with the act.GAO found that: (1) most federal facilities did not comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program priority req...
Water Pollution: Efforts to Clean Up Michigan's Rouge River
RCED-88-164: Published: Aug 10, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal, state, and local efforts to clean up Michigan's Rouge River, focusing on: (1) the overall quality of the river's waters; (2) pollutant sources; (3) the status of cleanup planning efforts; and (4) costs of remedial cleanup efforts.GAO found that: (1) Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) was responsible for managing the river's...
Toxic Substances: PCB Enforcement in Kansas City Region Substantiates Need for Further Program Improvements
RCED-88-72: Published: Feb 26, 1988. Publicly Released: May 3, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Kansas City regional office's oversight of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) storage and disposal companies; and (2) identified improvements needed in the EPA nationwide PCB enforcement program.GAO found that: (1) EPA has not directed its regional offices to assign special priority to the inspection...
Superfund: Insuring Underground Petroleum Tanks
RCED-88-39: Published: Jan 15, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO determined the availability of pollution liability insurance for owners and operators of petroleum storage and distribution facilities, focusing on: (1) the current and projected availability of tank insurance; (2) tank owners' and operators' ability to maintain financial responsibility through methods other than insurance; (3) the experience of marine ve...
Hazardous Waste: Issues Surrounding Insurance Availability
RCED-88-2: Published: Oct 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1987.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the availability of insurance for individuals liable for the release of hazardous substances into the environment, particularly the: (1) judicial interpretation of pollution insurance policies; (2) frequency and severity of insurance claims; and (3) economic impact of pollution liability on the insurance market.GAO found that: (1)...