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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...
Hazardous Waste: Progress Under the Corrective Action Program Is Limited, but New Initiatives May Accelerate Cleanups
RCED-98-3: Published: Oct 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program, focusing on: (1) the progress made in cleaning up facilities under the program; (2) factors affecting progress; and (3) any initiatives that EPA, the states, and industry have taken to accomplish cleanups.GAO noted that: (1) only about 8 pe...
Superfund: Stronger EPA-State Relationship Can Improve Cleanups and Reduce Costs
RCED-97-77: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: May 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the lessons learned from five states that have had significant experience in leading Superfund cleanups; and (2) how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help to ensure that interested states are successful in their efforts to take on increased Superfund responsibilities.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of GAO's review...
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...
Nuclear Waste: Management and Technical Problems Continue to Delay Characterizing Hanford's Tank Waste
RCED-96-56: Published: Jan 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in characterizing its tank waste at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) whether it has met its characterization deadlines; (2) the impediments to meeting characterization deadlines; and (3) the impact that continued delays have on the characterization process.GAO found that: (1) over the past 10 years, DOE has spent over $260 million and made l...
EPA and the States: Environmental Challenges Require a Better Working Relationship
RCED-95-64: Published: Apr 3, 1995. Publicly Released: May 8, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the difficulties that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states have in implementing federal environmental protection requirements, focusing on the: (1) reasons for these difficulties; and (2) ways EPA and the states can improve their ability to carry out the requirements.GAO found that: (1) most states have had difficulty in impleme...
Clean Air Rulemaking: Tracking System Would Help Measure Progress of Streamlining Initiatives
RCED-95-70: Published: Mar 2, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in streamlining its clean air rulemaking process, focusing on: (1) improvements that might enhance EPA streamlining activities; and (2) Office of Management and Budget (OMB) efforts to reduce the time associated with reviewing EPA rules.GAO found that: (1) in an effort to expedite clean air rulem...
Department of Energy: National Priorities Needed for Meeting Environmental Agreements
RCED-95-1: Published: Mar 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex, focusing on: (1) its use of environmental agreements with state and federal regulators; and (2) the effectiveness of its cleanup strategy.GAO found that: (1) DOE has focused on collecting data and investigating sites, rather than the actual cleanup of sites; (2) DOE has only put a small amount of eff...
Tongass Timber Reform Act: Implementation of the Act's Contract Modification Requirements
RCED-95-2: Published: Jan 31, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's implementation of certain unilateral modifications to long-term contracts in Alaska and other requirements of the Tongass Timber Reform Act, focusing on whether: (1) road credits are used consistently between long-term contracts and short-term contracts; (2) buffers of standing timber have been left along designated streams as...
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...