Appropriations (31 - 40 of 103 items)
Environmental Enforcement: Penalties May Not Recover Economic Benefits Gained by Violators
RCED-91-166: Published: Jun 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) penalty policies and practices.GAO found that: (1) although total penalties assessed by EPA increased in fiscal year (FY) 1990, the amounts showed little relationship to the economic benefit of the violations; (2) total penalties assessed by EPA in all of its programs increased from $35 million in FY 1989...
Pesticides: Food Consumption Data of Little Value to Estimate Some Exposures
RCED-91-125: Published: May 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the reliability of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) exposure estimates for safe pesticide levels and its reduced sample size, focusing on the adequacy of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 1987-88 food consumption survey data for EPA to estimate maximum dietary exposure to pesticide residues in food.GAO found that: (1) budget constra...
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,...
Mineral Revenues: Progress Has Been Slow in Verifying Offshore Oil and Gas Production
RCED-90-193: Published: Aug 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's actions to: (1) verify the accuracy of reported offshore oil and gas production; and (2) annually inspect certain offshore lease sites.GAO found that: (1) Interior lacked a fully operational program for verifying that sites accurately reported all oil and gas production for royalty determination purposes, but the Mi...
Rangeland Management: BLM Efforts to Prevent Unauthorized Livestock Grazing Need Strengthening
RCED-91-17: Published: Dec 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to detect and deter unauthorized livestock grazing on public rangelands.GAO found that BLM: (1) did not know the full extent of grazing trespass on its allotments, although such violations occurred frequently; (2) identified staffing shortfalls as a major obstacle in conducting a more effective trespass...
Mineral Revenues: Shortcomings in Onshore Federal Oil and Gas Production Verification
RCED-90-99: Published: Jun 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of the Interior's inspection and enforcement program responsibility for onshore federal and Indian oil and gas lease production verification.GAO found that: (1) while the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has improved the inspection and enforcement program since assuming responsibility for it, allegations of oil and gas theft continue...
Nuclear Waste: DOE Needs to Ensure Nevada's Conformance With Grant Requirements
RCED-90-173: Published: Jul 9, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) program to provide financial assistance to Nevada under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.GAO found that: (1) Nevada opposes the DOE Yucca Mountain project; (2) Nevada spent most of the $32 million in nuclear waste act grants properly, but used $1 million of the funds for activities that were not authorized; (3)...
Hazardous Waste: Funding of Postclosure Liabilities Remains Uncertain
RCED-90-64: Published: Jun 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1990.
In response to a congressional request, GAO studied options for managing liabilities associated with hazardous waste disposal facilities after closure.GAO found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): (1) requires facilities obtaining operating permits to design and construct disposal units with waste migration prevention measures; (2) officials have identified activities, such as extended...
Water Resources: Compensation to Water Users Did Not Reflect the Value of Rights and Interests
RCED-90-116: Published: Apr 18, 1990. Publicly Released: May 18, 1990.
GAO reviewed the Bureau of Reclamation's compensation to the Strawberry Water Users Association (SWUA) for operation of the Strawberry Valley Project.GAO found that: (1) SWUA was legally entitled to compensation when the United States removed its rights to obtain revenues from the project land, but the Bureau should have limited compensation to actual revenues lost from existing contracts; (2) the...
Water Pollution: Serious Problems Confront Emerging Municipal Sludge Management Program
RCED-90-57: Published: Mar 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) development of a mandated municipal sludge management program, focusing on: (1) the status of EPA and state municipal sludge management efforts; (2) potential obstacles to permanent program implementation; and (3) key issues concerning EPA development of technical sludge standards.GAO found that: (1) few...