Environmental monitoring (11 - 20 of 89 items)
Environmental Protection: Status of EPA's Initiatives to Create a New Partnership With States
T-RCED-96-87: Published: Feb 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1996.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) initiatives in response to the National Academy of Public Administration's recommendations to change the nation's approach to environmental protection, focusing on EPA attempts to improve its relationship with states. GAO noted that: (1) EPA plans to create a National Environmental Performance Partnership System, which would fundamentally c...
Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks: Status of EPA's Efforts to Improve Regulation and Inspections
RCED-95-180: Published: Jul 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) actions to address weaknesses in the regulation and inspection of aboveground oil storage tanks (AST), and provided information on the age, size, and other characteristics of AST.GAO found that: (1) EPA has not fully implemented any of its seven recommendations to improve the safety of aboveground oil sto...
Environmental Protection: EPA's Problems with Collection and Management of Scientific Data and Its Efforts to Address Them
T-RCED-95-174: Published: May 12, 1995. Publicly Released: May 12, 1995.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) collection and management of scientific information needed for its regulatory decisions and its efforts to improve its peer review process. GAO noted that: (1) much of EPA scientific data is incomplete or outdated; (2) the poor quality of EPA scientific data makes it difficult for EPA to conduct scientifically based risk assessments, measur...
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...
Superfund: Status, Cost, and Timeliness of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups
RCED-94-256: Published: Sep 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) EPA use of Superfund program funds between 1987 and 1993; (2) the status of cleanup work at each Superfund site; (3) the cleanup work financed by EPA and the responsible parties; and (4) the extent to which judicial review limits have eliminated EPA clean...
Toxic Substances: Status of EPA's Efforts to Develop Lead Hazard Standards
RCED-94-114: Published: May 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) development of standards and guidelines for lead hazards; and (2) additional actions EPA must complete to issue the standards and guidelines.GAO found that: (1) EPA missed the legislatively imposed April 1994 deadline to issue standards defining hazardous levels of lead; (2) EPA has completed the tec...
Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Interior Can Improve Its Management of Lease Abandonment
RCED-94-82: Published: May 11, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's management of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease abandonment, focusing on the: (1) Minerals Management Service's (MMS) actions in the Gulf of Mexico to minimize the environmental impact of federal oil and gas lease abandonment; and (2) estimated costs of lease abandonment and the MMS approach for ensuri...
Federal Facilities: Agencies Slow to Define the Scope and Cost of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups
RCED-94-73: Published: Apr 15, 1994. Publicly Released: May 18, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined the status of federal efforts to identify federal facilities requiring hazardous waste cleanup under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).GAO found that: (1) the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE) and other agencies have mostly completed their efforts to identify hazardous waste sites requi...