Appropriations (21 - 30 of 103 items)
National Park Service: Policies and Practices for Determining Concessioners' Building Use Fees
T-RCED-92-66: Published: May 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 21, 1992.
GAO discussed the fees that National Park Service (NPS) concessioners pay for using federally owned facilities. GAO noted that: (1) NPS does not maintain data on concession agreements that include the use of federally owned facilities; (2) in 1990, there were about 150 agreements involving concessioners' use of about 1,400 federally owned facilities; (3) those concessioners' gross revenues ranged...
Natural Gas: Factors Affecting Approval Times for Construction of Natural Gas Pipelines
RCED-92-100: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC): (1) process for approving applications for constructing natural gas pipelines; and (2) efforts to streamline the approval process.GAO found that: (1) between October 1, 1987, and February 28, 1991, FERC approved 171 applications to construct new natural gas pipelines and related facilities, with a...
Nuclear Waste: Development of Casks for Transporting Spent Fuel Needs Modification
RCED-92-56: Published: Mar 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to implement transportation-related activities under the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, which requires DOE to investigate Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a potential site for the permanent disposal of nuclear waste in an underground repository and to construct a repository at the site if it finds that the...
Pesticides: Better Data Can Improve the Usefulness of EPA's Benefit Assessments
RCED-92-32: Published: Dec 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) benefit assessments of pesticides used on food, focusing on: (1) EPA use of such assessments during special reviews of already registered pesticides; and (2) the extent to which EPA used adequate data, clarified limitations, and considered alternative pest-control measures.GAO found that: (1) EPA primari...
Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Minimize Cleanup Delays at the Clark Fork Sites
RCED-92-20: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the progress and problems of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites in Montana, focusing on the: (1) extent and cost of cleanup work; (2) adequacy of cleanup plans; and (3) effectiveness of EPA efforts to recover cleanup costs.GAO found that: (1) only 2 of the 4 sites' 23 operable units have been clean...
Nuclear Waste: Operation of Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility Is Unlikely by 1998
RCED-91-194: Published: Sep 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the alternatives of storing spent nuclear fuel exclusively at utility reactor sites or transferring the waste to a federal facility for monitored retrievable storage (MRS), focusing on the: (1) likelihood of an MRS facility operating by 1998; (2) legal implications if the Department of Energy (DOE) is unable to take delivery of wastes in 1998; (3)...
Lawn Care Pesticides: EPA Needs to Assess State Notification Programs
RCED-91-208: Published: Sep 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the kind of notice the public receives when commercial applicators apply pesticides.GAO found that: (1) state notification requirements vary in terms of who should be provided with information, when the information should be provided, what information should be provided, and whether the information must be requested; (2) 23 states re...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Single-Shell Tank Leaks Greater Than Estimated
RCED-91-177: Published: Aug 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) or its Hanford, Washington, site contractor fully disclosed the volume of waste that leaked from the site's underground single-shell storage tanks.GAO found that: (1) DOE estimated that 750,000 gallons of liquid waste leaked from 66 shell tanks, but did not include the volume of cooling water that had been a...
Superfund: Public Health Assessments Incomplete and of Questionable Value
RCED-91-178: Published: Aug 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the quality and usefulness of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) health assessments of Superfund sites.GAO held that: (1) the quality of ATSDR health assessments suffered due to legislation requiring ATSDR to complete assessments for 951 sites in a little over 2 years; (2) although ATSDR met the deadline, it did so by la...
Nuclear Waste: Pretreatment Modifications at DOE Hanford's B Plant Should Be Stopped
RCED-91-165: Published: Jun 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to modify its Hanford Site B Plant in Washington to pretreat mixed high-level radioactive waste before the vitrification process to turn it into glass.GAO found that: (1) although DOE was aware that the plant had not met specific federal or DOE regulations since 1987, it failed to timely discuss the compliance...