Environmental policies (1 - 10 of 69 items)
Measuring Our Nation's Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability: Highlights of a Forum Jointly Convened by the Comptroller General of the United States and the National Academy of Science
GAO-08-127SP: Published: Oct 24, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2007.
One of the greatest challenges facing the United States in the 21st century is sustaining our natural resources and safeguarding our environmental assets for future generations while promoting economic growth and maintaining our quality of life. To manage natural resources effectively and efficiently, policymakers need information and methods to analyze the dynamic interplay between the economy an...
Environmental Protection: EPA's Use of Funds for Brownfields
RCED-00-32R: Published: Oct 27, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of funds for its brownfield-related initiatives, focusing on the: (1) amount of funds that EPA actually obligated in fiscal years (FY) 1997-1999; (2) amount it plans to obligate in FY 2000; and (3) number of grants and agreements that EPA awarded or plans to award with these funds, alon...
Hazardous Waste: Unaddressed Risks at Many Potential Superfund Sites
RCED-99-8: Published: Nov 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions, other federal agencies, and states to: (1) determine the number of sites classified as awaiting a National Priorities List (NPL) decision that remain potentially eligible for the list; (2) describe the characteristics of these sites, including their health and environmental risks; (3) determine the sta...
Superfund: Chronology of Efforts to Resolve Liability for the American Chemical Services, Inc., Site
RCED-98-270R: Published: Sep 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the American Chemical Services (ACS), Inc., Superfund site in Griffith, Indiana, focusing on: (1) developing a chronology of its hazardous waste cleanup process; and (2) highlighting the liability decision points throughout the process.GAO noted that: (1) the process of determining liability at the ACS site has involved more than 1,0...
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...
Environmental Protection: EPA's Fiscal Year 1998 Superfund Budget
RCED-98-15R: Published: Oct 3, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) fiscal year (FY) 1998 Superfund budget request, focusing on whether the EPA based its budgetary requirements on the most current available information. GAO concentrated its review on 58 Superfund sites because approximately $620 million, or 95 percent of the additional $650 million requeste...
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...
Superfund: State Voluntary Programs Provide Incentives to Encourage Cleanups
RCED-97-66: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: May 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the voluntary cleanup programs that states have created to facilitate privately initiated cleanups, focusing on: (1) the voluntary cleanup programs' accomplishments; (2) these programs' organization, funding, and major characteristics; and (3) the effects of federal hazardous waste policies on voluntary cleanups and the types of federal assistance...
Federal Flood Control Funding for Rural Areas
RCED-97-25R: Published: Dec 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1996.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the Army Corps of Engineers' funding of rural flood damage reduction projects. GAO noted that Corps, state, and local officials consistently cited three main factors that, in their opinion, limit rural areas' ability to qualify for and receive federal funds for reducing flood damage; (1) rural areas generally do not have a sufficient economic base t...
Time and Cost Limits on Superfund Removals
RCED-96-195R: Published: Jun 10, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether: (1) changes to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act's time and cost limits would ease constraints on non-time-critical removals; and (2) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that limits on non-time-critical removal actions are necessary or appropriate. GAO noted that: (1) mo...