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Nuclear Waste: Greater Use of Removal Actions Could Cut Time and Cost for Cleanups
RCED-96-124: Published: May 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of removal actions to reduce the cost and accelerate the pace of environmental restoration projects.GAO found that: (1) removal actions save money and time compared with other remediation planning approaches; (2) the use of removal actions may provide information that is useful for other types of remediation, re...
Environmental Protection: Selected Issues Related to EPA's Fiscal Year 1997 Appropriation
T-RCED-96-164: Published: May 1, 1996. Publicly Released: May 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) leaking underground storage tank program. GAO noted that: (1) about 20 percent of over 2 million tanks nationwide have leaks or are leaking; (2) releases have been confirmed in 303,000 leaking tanks, and EPA expects this number to rise as owners and operators upgrade their tanks to current standards; (3)...
A Superfund Tool for More Efficient Cleanups
RCED-96-134R: Published: Apr 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of non-time-critical removals for hazardous waste cleanups, focusing on: (1) the advantages and disadvantages of non-time-critical removals; (2) the potential use of non-time-critical removals in Superfund cleanups; and (3) factors that inhibit the use of non-time-critical removals. GAO found that: (1...
Environmental Protection: Status of EPA's Initiatives to Create a New Partnership With States
T-RCED-96-87: Published: Feb 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1996.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) initiatives in response to the National Academy of Public Administration's recommendations to change the nation's approach to environmental protection, focusing on EPA attempts to improve its relationship with states. GAO noted that: (1) EPA plans to create a National Environmental Performance Partnership System, which would fundamentally c...
Nuclear Waste: Management and Technical Problems Continue to Delay Characterizing Hanford's Tank Waste
RCED-96-56: Published: Jan 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in characterizing its tank waste at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) whether it has met its characterization deadlines; (2) the impediments to meeting characterization deadlines; and (3) the impact that continued delays have on the characterization process.GAO found that: (1) over the past 10 years, DOE has spent over $260 million and made l...
FIFRA Reporting Requirements
AIMD/RCED-96-21R: Published: Oct 26, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided suggestions for improving the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) reporting requirements. GAO noted that EPA: (1) would be required to provide Congress with an annual account of FIFRA program receipts, appropriations, and expenses; (2) would be required to report its key performance in...
EPA's Efforts to Issue Air Toxic Standards
RCED-95-265R: Published: Sep 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in issuing maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards required by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has issued 26 of 45 MACT standards and plans to issue the other 19 MACT standards by its deadline; (2) EPA plans to meet the 1997 and 2000 dea...
Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks: Status of EPA's Efforts to Improve Regulation and Inspections
RCED-95-180: Published: Jul 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) actions to address weaknesses in the regulation and inspection of aboveground oil storage tanks (AST), and provided information on the age, size, and other characteristics of AST.GAO found that: (1) EPA has not fully implemented any of its seven recommendations to improve the safety of aboveground oil sto...
Environmental Protection: EPA's Problems with Collection and Management of Scientific Data and Its Efforts to Address Them
T-RCED-95-174: Published: May 12, 1995. Publicly Released: May 12, 1995.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) collection and management of scientific information needed for its regulatory decisions and its efforts to improve its peer review process. GAO noted that: (1) much of EPA scientific data is incomplete or outdated; (2) the poor quality of EPA scientific data makes it difficult for EPA to conduct scientifically based risk assessments, measur...
EPA and the States: Environmental Challenges Require a Better Working Relationship
RCED-95-64: Published: Apr 3, 1995. Publicly Released: May 8, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the difficulties that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states have in implementing federal environmental protection requirements, focusing on the: (1) reasons for these difficulties; and (2) ways EPA and the states can improve their ability to carry out the requirements.GAO found that: (1) most states have had difficulty in impleme...