Appropriations (41 - 50 of 103 items)
Tongass National Forest: Administration of Two Long-Term Alaskan Timber Contracts
RCED-90-87: Published: Feb 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed two long-term timber contracts in the Tongass National Forest, focusing on: (1) timber harvested under the two contracts; (2) timber deleted from the contractors' operating plans; (3) backlogged timber; and (4) Forest Service management of the Tongass timber program.GAO found that: (1) the Service did comply with all of its internal controls for do...
Air Pollution: Protecting Parks and Wilderness From Nearby Pollution Sources
RCED-90-10: Published: Feb 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal and state efforts to maintain clean air in national parks and wilderness areas, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the Clean Air Act regulated stationary sources located near areas designated Class I, the highest protection level; (2) how federal land managers protected Class I areas from stationary source emissions; and (3) why states ha...
National Forests: Special Recreation Areas Not Meeting Established Objectives
RCED-90-27: Published: Feb 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's management of 20 special recreation areas within the national forest system to determine whether the Service achieved the development, operation, and maintenance levels consistent with their designating legislation.GAO found that: (1) the Service did not develop, operate, or maintain many of the special recreation areas accordi...
Superfund: A More Vigorous and Better Managed Enforcement Program Is Needed
RCED-90-22: Published: Dec 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement of the Superfund program, focusing on: (1) its process for identifying liable and financially viable parties to hold responsible for cleaning up Superfund sites; (2) enforcement tools, including negotiations, unilateral administrative orders, and mixed funding and de minimis settlements; and (...
Nuclear Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
RCED-90-1: Published: Dec 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) 5-year program for demonstrating its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) capacity for safe disposal of transuranic (TRU) wastes produced by DOE atomic energy defense activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the 5-year test program to help determine WIPP compliance with 1985 Environmental Protection Agency (EP...
Railroad Safety: DOT Should Better Manage Its Hazardous Materials Inspection Program
RCED-90-43: Published: Nov 17, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the: (1) effectiveness of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) hazardous materials inspection program; and (2) extent to which the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) improved its Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) and established a program to register hazardous materials shipp...
Hazardous Waste: Contractors Should Be Accountable for Environmental Performance
RCED-90-23: Published: Oct 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) and the Department of Defense's (DOD): (1) payment of contractors' penalties and associated legal costs for noncompliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and (2) reductions of contractors' award fees when they failed to comply with environmental regulations.GAO found that: (1) DOD generally h...
Administration of the Federal Ban on Exports of Unprocessed Federal Timber
T-RCED-90-8: Published: Nov 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1989.
GAO reviewed the Forest Service's and Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) implementation of the federal ban on unprocessed federal timber exports. GAO found that: (1) although the Service's regulations made it difficult for firms to buy more Service timber to replace increased exports of private timber, BLM regulations allowed firms to increase their purchases and exports, over time, without limit;...
Parks and Recreation: Maintenance and Reconstruction Backlog on National Forest Trails
RCED-89-182: Published: Sep 22, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's trail maintenance backlog, focusing on: (1) the extent, cause, and effects of the backlog; (2) Forest Service efforts to deal with the backlog; and (3) new trail construction needs.GAO found that: (1) the Forest Service had a trail maintenance and reconstruction backlog of about $195 million, involving about 59,000 miles of tra...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Management of Single-Shell Tanks at Hanford, Washington
RCED-89-157: Published: Jul 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its Hanford, Washington, site's underground single-shell waste storage tanks containing radioactive and nonradioactive hazardous liquid and solid wastes from nuclear materials production.GAO found that DOE: (1) through 1988, identified definite or possible leaks in 66 of 149 single-shell tanks, with an...