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Abandoned Mine Reclamation: Interior May Have Approved State Shifts to Noncoal Projects Prematurely
RCED-91-162: Published: Jun 7, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) process for allowing states to spend federal surface coal mine reclamation funds to address noncoal reclamation problems, focusing on whether OSMRE ensured that states met the certification requirements.GAO found that: (1) the OSMRE certification revi...
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,...
Coal Mine Subsidence: Several States May Not Meet Federal Insurance Program Objectives
RCED-91-140: Published: May 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) efforts to implement the federally assisted coal mine subsidence insurance program; and (2) six states' efforts to develop self-sustaining insurance programs.GAO found that: (1) after 5 years experience with the program, two of the six states that r...
Forest Service: The Flathead National Forest Cannot Meet Its Timber Goal
RCED-91-124: Published: May 10, 1991. Publicly Released: May 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO collected information on planned and actual amounts of timber offered for sale from the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana.GAO found that: (1) the Forest Service fell short of its Flathead timber-offering goal for the last 5 years by about 37 percent; (2) the goal for timber sales in a forest plan may not exceed the allowable sale quantity (AS...
Tongass National Forest: Contractual Modification Requirements of the Tongass Timber Reform Act
RCED-91-133: Published: Mar 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's compliance with the Tongass Timber Reform Act, focusing on the implementation of modifications to two long-term timber sale contracts to eliminate the contractors' competitive advantage over independent short-term contractors.GAO found that: (1) the Forest Service made extensive revisions to the two long-term timbe...
Parks and Recreation: Resource Limitations Affect Condition of Forest Service Recreation Sites
RCED-91-48: Published: Jan 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Forest Service's maintenance of developed recreation sites, focusing on the: (1) extent and causes of the maintenance and reconstruction backlogs; (2) Service's site inventory system; and (3) effects of resource limitations on site maintenance.GAO found that: (1) aging facilities, increased public use, and public demand for new or modernized fa...
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...