Economic development (111 - 120 of 356 items)
Federal Lands: Improvements Needed in Managing Concessioners
RCED-91-163: Published: Jun 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) laws and policies governing recreation concession operations on federal lands; (2) total number and types of concession agreements; (3) total return to the government from concession operations; and (4) federal recreation resources management practices of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,...
Coal Mine Subsidence: Several States May Not Meet Federal Insurance Program Objectives
RCED-91-140: Published: May 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) efforts to implement the federally assisted coal mine subsidence insurance program; and (2) six states' efforts to develop self-sustaining insurance programs.GAO found that: (1) after 5 years experience with the program, two of the six states that r...
Nuclear Waste: Problems and Delays With Characterizing Hanford's Single-Shell Tank Waste
RCED-91-118: Published: Apr 23, 1991. Publicly Released: May 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to characterize single-shell tank wastes at its Hanford, Washington site, focusing on impediments such as: (1) technological limitations; and (2) safety considerations.GAO found that: (1) due to the number of unresolved issues, DOE was unlikely to complete the first-phase characterization of the sing...
Forest Service: The Flathead National Forest Cannot Meet Its Timber Goal
RCED-91-124: Published: May 10, 1991. Publicly Released: May 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO collected information on planned and actual amounts of timber offered for sale from the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana.GAO found that: (1) the Forest Service fell short of its Flathead timber-offering goal for the last 5 years by about 37 percent; (2) the goal for timber sales in a forest plan may not exceed the allowable sale quantity (AS...
Pesticides: EPA and State Efforts to Ensure Safe Use of Lawn Care Pesticides
T-RCED-91-50: Published: May 9, 1991. Publicly Released: May 9, 1991.
GAO discussed the: (1) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in reassessing the health risks of widely used lawn-care pesticides; and (2) notification policy the lawn-care industry extends to its customers and others regarding the commercial application of pesticides to residential lawns. GAO noted that: (1) approximately half the states required companies to provide some form of notifi...
Observations on the Environmental Protection Agency's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 1992
T-RCED-91-28: Published: May 1, 1991. Publicly Released: May 1, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget request for fiscal year 1992. GAO noted that: (1) EPA requested $2.5 million for operations, a 7-percent increase over its 1991 budget; (2) EPA anticipated using $117 million toward implementing the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act; (3) in constant dollars, the amount of EPA resources was no greater now than 13 years ago although...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Expenditures on The Yucca Mountain Project
T-RCED-91-37: Published: Apr 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) use of appropriated funds for completing a scientific investigation needed to obtain a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license to construct and operate a nuclear waste repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. GAO noted that: (1) DOE was not ready to begin on-site investigations, originally scheduled for 1987, until 1991 because it took longer th...
Nuclear Waste: Issues Affecting Land Withdrawal of DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Project
T-RCED-91-38: Published: Apr 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). GAO noted that: (1) by fiscal year (FY) 1997, DOE plans to determine whether WIPP meets the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards for disposal of transuranic waste in repositories and plans to obtain a variance or exception from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); (2) DOE postponed plans t...
FDA Could Do More to Ensure the Safety of Bottled Water
T-RCED-91-29: Published: Apr 10, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1991.
GAO discussed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) efforts to ensure the safety of bottled water. GAO noted that: (1) FDA had not complied with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requirements since 1976, or since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted revised health-based drinking water standards; (2) EPA issued drinking water standards for 32 substances and projected that it...
Tongass National Forest: Contractual Modification Requirements of the Tongass Timber Reform Act
RCED-91-133: Published: Mar 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's compliance with the Tongass Timber Reform Act, focusing on the implementation of modifications to two long-term timber sale contracts to eliminate the contractors' competitive advantage over independent short-term contractors.GAO found that: (1) the Forest Service made extensive revisions to the two long-term timbe...