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Water Pollution: Application of National Cleanup Standards to the Pulp and Paper Industry
RCED-87-52: Published: Mar 18, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) national effluent standards limiting the types and amounts of pollutants that industries may discharge into the nation's water. GAO used the paper and pulp industry as an example to determine whether: (1) discharge permit limits were at least as stringent as the appropriate national standards required;...
Rural Housing: Impact of Refinancing and Selling FmHA Section 502 Homeownership Loans
RCED-87-54: Published: Mar 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1987.
GAO reported on the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) plan to sell rural homeownership loans, and compared the impact on revenues of selling or refinancing the loans.The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 requires the Secretary of Agriculture to sell loans to the public to reduce fiscal year 1987 federal outlays by over $1.7 billion. GAO noted that the Ho...
Vehicle Emissions: EPA Program To Assist Leaded-Gasoline Producers Needs Prompt Improvement
RCED-86-182: Published: Aug 6, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) certain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) management controls over its Lead Rights Banking Program; and (2) the program's legal basis.GAO found that EPA: (1) controls the program primarily through its reviews of participants' reports; (2) has not established a requirement to verify the reported data; (3) received erroneous information f...
Hazardous Waste: Responsible Party Clean Up Efforts Require Improved Oversight
RCED-86-123: Published: May 6, 1986. Publicly Released: May 6, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed cleanup activities at priority hazardous waste sites, specifically: (1) the number, estimated value, and purpose of settlement agreements between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and responsible parties; and (2) how well EPA is overseeing responsible-party compliance with the settlement terms.GAO found that: (1) approximately half of th...
Establishing New Federal Food-Buying Procedures Would Help Eliminate Unnecessary Special Examinations
RCED-84-150: Published: Sep 24, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1984.
GAO reviewed federal practices for accepting food purchases to determine if federal costs could be decreased by reducing the number of special examinations necessary to ensure the quality of accepted products.GAO found that the direct cost of certification services was $18 million in fiscal year 1982. Although the Department of Agriculture has instructed other federal agencies to waive certificati...
EPA's Innovative Technology Program for Waste Water Treatment Needs Better Controls
RCED-84-79: Published: Aug 20, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1984.
GAO discussed the need for better controls in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) innovative technology program for wastewater treatment. The program has significant potential to improve wastewater treatment technology and can reduce expenditures for energy, construction, and operation of future projects.GAO found that EPA awarded $20.2 million to questionable projects and $7.3 million to...
Wastewater Dischargers Are Not Complying With EPA Pollution Control Permits
RCED-84-53: Published: Dec 2, 1983. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1983.
GAO reviewed compliance with and the effectiveness of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).NPDES was established by the Clean Water Act to limit the type and amount of pollution that a municipal or industrial facility may legally discharge into the nation's waterways. Under NPDES, discharge permits are issued, and GAO found that noncompliance with permit limits was widesprea...
Rental Rehabilitation With Limited Federal Involvement: Who Is Doing It? At What Cost? Who Benefits?
RCED-83-148: Published: Jul 11, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed rental housing rehabilitation activities funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.GAO assessed the rental rehabilitation programs in 73 communities across the Nation which managed CDBG programs during the past 3 years. GAO found that: (1) few communities have had recent experience in designing, implementing, or evaluating r...
Examination of Allegations Concerning the Chicago Housing Authority
RCED-83-144: Published: Apr 28, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined three allegations concerning the Chicago Housing Authority's: (1) limiting competition in insurance contracting; (2) paying unnecessary or excessive amounts for garbage removal; and (3) not receiving full value for modernization expenditures.GAO found that the authority limited the number of bidders when it obtained insurance bids. Further, unti...
Effect of Premium Increases on Achieving the National Flood Insurance Program's Objectives
RCED-83-107: Published: Feb 28, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact which recent rate increases have had on individual and community participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.GAO found that since the Federal Emergency Management Agency raised rates in January 1981 individual participation has declined. Participation fell from a peak of about 2,014,500 policies in December 1980 to about 1,8...