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Alaska Native Villages: Most Are Affected by Flooding and Erosion, but Few Qualify for Federal Assistance
GAO-04-142: Published: Dec 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2003.
Approximately 6,600 miles of Alaska's coastline and many of the low-lying areas along the state's rivers are subject to severe flooding and erosion. Most of Alaska's Native villages are located on the coast or on riverbanks. In addition to the many federal and Alaska state agencies that respond to flooding and erosion, Congress established the Denali Commission in 1998 to, among other things, prov...
Environmental Protection: Funds Obligated for Completed Superfund Projects
RCED-98-232: Published: Jul 21, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to deobligate and recover funds for completed Superfund projects, focusing on: (1) the progress that EPA has made to recover the unspent funds on the inactive Superfund contracts and assistance agreements that GAO identified; and (2) whether any additional funds that expired during 1997 for Superf...
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...
Wildlife Protection: Fish and Wildlife Service's Inspection Program Needs Strengthening
RCED-95-8: Published: Dec 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) wildlife inspection program, focusing on the: (1) effectiveness of the wildlife inspection program; (2) potential impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on wildlife trade and wildlife shipment inspections; and (3) advantages and disadvantages that might accrue from transferring the inspection...
Toxic Substances: Status of EPA's Efforts to Develop Lead Hazard Standards
RCED-94-114: Published: May 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) development of standards and guidelines for lead hazards; and (2) additional actions EPA must complete to issue the standards and guidelines.GAO found that: (1) EPA missed the legislatively imposed April 1994 deadline to issue standards defining hazardous levels of lead; (2) EPA has completed the tec...
Federal Facilities: Agencies Slow to Define the Scope and Cost of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups
RCED-94-73: Published: Apr 15, 1994. Publicly Released: May 18, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined the status of federal efforts to identify federal facilities requiring hazardous waste cleanup under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).GAO found that: (1) the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE) and other agencies have mostly completed their efforts to identify hazardous waste sites requi...
Nuclear Waste: Much Effort Needed to Meet Federal Facility Compliance Act's Requirements
RCED-94-179: Published: May 17, 1994. Publicly Released: May 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of radioactive and hazardous waste, focusing on: (1) DOE progress in submitting treatment plans and complying with the Federal Facility Compliance Act (FFCA); (2) DOE efforts to develop technologies for and provide the capacity to treat mixed wastes; and (3) additional actions needed to completely imple...
Coast Guard: Program to Inspect Intermodal Containers Carrying Hazardous Materials Can Be Improved
RCED-94-139: Published: Apr 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the U.S. Coast Guard's draft procedures for inspecting hazardous materials containers, focusing on: (1) the Coast Guard's inspection strategy; (2) Coast Guard inspectors' familiarity with hazardous materials transportation regulations; and (3) how often inspectors notify shippers of violations.GAO found that: (1) although the Coast Guard is initiat...
Superfund: EPA's Community Relations Efforts Could Be More Effective
RCED-94-156: Published: Apr 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to involve communities in decisionmaking about local Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) the Superfund program's requirements for community relations activities; (2) the extent to which EPA is fulfilling these requirements; and (3) community residents' feelings about the adequacy of EPA efforts.GAO...
Superfund: Further EPA Management Action Is Needed To Reduce Legal Expenses
RCED-94-90: Published: Jan 13, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of Superfund settlement tools, focusing on: (1) how often EPA uses these tools; (2) impediments to their use; and (3) recent EPA actions to increase the use of these tools.GAO found that: (1) EPA has not fully utilized its settlement tools or encouraged the use of the settlement tools by its field off...