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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...
National Wildlife Refuges: Continuing Problems With Incompatible Uses Call for Bold Action
RCED-89-196: Published: Sep 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) management of the secondary uses of national wildlife refuges, focusing on whether FWS met the purposes for which the refuges were established.GAO found that: (1) although the refuges served their primary purpose of providing habitats and safe havens for wildlife, 90 percent of the 428 refuges had at least one...
California Desert: Planned Wildlife Protection and Enhancement Objectives Not Achieved
RCED-89-171: Published: Jun 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed whether the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) appropriately considered wildlife interests in its management of the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA).GAO found that: (1) BLM is statutorily required to manage CDCA in accordance with the principles of multiple use, sustained yield, and resource protection; (2) BLM has worked to develop environm...
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...
Mineral Revenues: Options to Accelerate Royalty Payment Audits Need Further Consideration
RCED-89-167: Published: Jun 5, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Minerals Management Service's (MMS) audits of oil and gas royalty payments, focusing on the: (1) status of the MMS audit program; (2) effect of a 3-year audit acceleration effort by MMS; (3) MMS cost-benefit analysis that it used to support its proposal to hire contract auditors; and (4) possibility of auditor conflicts of intere...
Mineral Revenues: Implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987
RCED-89-108: Published: May 8, 1989. Publicly Released: May 31, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act, focusing on: (1) BLM development of implementing regulations; (2) how BLM conducted oil and gas lease test sales, and the sales' results; and (3) the effect of royalty rate changes for competitively issued oil and gas leases.GAO found that...
Guidelines Needed for EPA's Tolerance Assessments of Pesticide Residues in Food
T-RCED-89-35: Published: May 17, 1989. Publicly Released: May 17, 1989.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) methods for assessing potential risks of pesticide residues in food. GAO found that: (1) EPA used its Tolerance Assessment System to estimate dietary exposure to pesticide residues, but it did not establish a policy to assess tolerance levels on population subgroups with the highest potential exposure to pesticides; (2) EPA developed separa...
Superfund: Analysis of Issues Concerning the Operating Industries Site
RCED-89-77: Published: Mar 30, 1989. Publicly Released: May 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) inclusion of a hazardous waste site on its National Priorities List (NPL), focusing on: (1) its inclusion of the entire site on NPL; and (2) the cost-effectiveness of its treatment of the site.GAO found that EPA: (1) complied with applicable laws and regulations when it defined the site's boundaries for i...