Economic development (21 - 30 of 356 items)
Hazardous Waste: Progress Under the Corrective Action Program Is Limited, but New Initiatives May Accelerate Cleanups
RCED-98-3: Published: Oct 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program, focusing on: (1) the progress made in cleaning up facilities under the program; (2) factors affecting progress; and (3) any initiatives that EPA, the states, and industry have taken to accomplish cleanups.GAO noted that: (1) only about 8 pe...
National Park Service: Employee Housing Issues
T-RCED-98-35: Published: Oct 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1997.
GAO discussed its past work on National Park Service (NPS) employee housing issues.GAO noted that: (1) NPS has not clearly justified the need for all of its employee housing units; (2) the agency requires parks to perform needs assessments to justify its housing; (3) however, these assessments may not be in-depth, objective, nor performed consistently from park to park; (4) in response to the Omni...
Federal Land Management: Estimates of Timber Value and Economic Effects of Harvesting the Headwaters Forest
RCED-97-241R: Published: Sep 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the value of timber resources in the Headwaters Forest area in northwestern California and the effects of harvesting the forest on jobs, payrolls, and taxes if harvesting were to occur. GAO noted that on September 28, 1996, the federal government, the state of California, and Pacific Lumber Company (the owner) signed an agreement for...
Environmental Protection: EPA's Fiscal Year 1998 Superfund Budget
RCED-98-15R: Published: Oct 3, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) fiscal year (FY) 1998 Superfund budget request, focusing on whether the EPA based its budgetary requirements on the most current available information. GAO concentrated its review on 58 Superfund sites because approximately $620 million, or 95 percent of the additional $650 million requeste...
Superfund: Information on EPA's Administrative Reforms
RCED-97-174R: Published: May 30, 1997. Publicly Released: May 30, 1997.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) reforms to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of the Superfund program, focusing on the: (1) nature and scope of the reforms' implementation; (2) demonstrated accomplishments that may have resulted from them; and (3) additional legal authority EPA believes it needs to correct the underlyin...
Superfund: Stronger EPA-State Relationship Can Improve Cleanups and Reduce Costs
RCED-97-77: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: May 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the lessons learned from five states that have had significant experience in leading Superfund cleanups; and (2) how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help to ensure that interested states are successful in their efforts to take on increased Superfund responsibilities.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of GAO's review...
Superfund: State Voluntary Programs Provide Incentives to Encourage Cleanups
RCED-97-66: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: May 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the voluntary cleanup programs that states have created to facilitate privately initiated cleanups, focusing on: (1) the voluntary cleanup programs' accomplishments; (2) these programs' organization, funding, and major characteristics; and (3) the effects of federal hazardous waste policies on voluntary cleanups and the types of federal assistance...
Superfund: Proposals to Remove Barriers to Brownfield Redevelopment
T-RCED-97-87: Published: Mar 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1997.
GAO discussed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' efforts to support the cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned and idled business properties, commonly known as "brownfields", focusing on: (1) legal barriers that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund, present for redeveloping brownfields; (2) types of federal financi...
Federal Flood Control Funding for Rural Areas
RCED-97-25R: Published: Dec 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1996.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the Army Corps of Engineers' funding of rural flood damage reduction projects. GAO noted that Corps, state, and local officials consistently cited three main factors that, in their opinion, limit rural areas' ability to qualify for and receive federal funds for reducing flood damage; (1) rural areas generally do not have a sufficient economic base t...
Time and Cost Limits on Superfund Removals
RCED-96-195R: Published: Jun 10, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether: (1) changes to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act's time and cost limits would ease constraints on non-time-critical removals; and (2) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that limits on non-time-critical removal actions are necessary or appropriate. GAO noted that: (1) mo...