Environmental protection (41 - 50 of 121 items)
Superfund: Problems With the Completeness and Consistency of Site Cleanup Plans
T-RCED-92-69: Published: Jun 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1992.
GAO discussed issues involving Superfund cleanups managed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and potentially responsible parties (PRP). GAO noted that: (1) EPA and PRP-managed sites used different treatment and containment methods for hazardous waste cleanup, making comparisons difficult; (2) cleanup plans often fail to document the extent of cleanup and justify the remedy; (3) cleanup g...
Hazardous Waste: Impediments Have Delayed the Closing and Cleanup of Land Disposal Facilities
T-RCED-92-64: Published: May 28, 1992. Publicly Released: May 28, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA): (1) progress in closing and issuing post-closure permits to hazardous waste disposal facilities; (2) inspection and enforcement efforts for ensuring compliance with closure and post-closure requirements; and (3) impediments delaying closure and issuance of permits. GAO noted that: (1) since fiscal year (FY) 1987, EPA has made little progre...
Solid Waste: Progress in Implementing the Federal Program to Buy Products Containing Recovered Materials
T-RCED-92-42: Published: Apr 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1992.
GAO discuss the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program, focusing on: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in developing procurement guidelines for products containing recovered materials; (2) overall federal progress in implementing the procurement program; and (3) the Department of Commerce's role in encouraging the commercialization of resource recovery technol...
Hudson River Superfund Site
RCED-92-129R: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1992.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decisionmaking process in cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the Hudson River, focusing on: (1) EPA plans to evaluate the effect of permitted PCB releases in the Hudson River; and (2) federal permits for dredging PCB from the Hudson River and selecting a hazardous waste disposal site to hol...
Hazardous Waste: Management of Maquiladoras' Waste Hampered by Lack of Information
RCED-92-102: Published: Feb 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared U.S. and Mexican hazardous waste laws and regulations, resources, and enforcement practices, to determine how the generation and disposal of hazardous wastes from maquiladoras, companies that use materials imported into Mexico to produce finished goods for export, is being managed.GAO found that: (1) although U.S. and Mexican laws and regulations p...
International Environment: Kuwaiti Oil Fires--Chronic Health Risks Unknown but Assessments Are Under Way
RCED-92-80BR: Published: Jan 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of a 1991 interagency report on the Kuwait oil fires, focusing on the report's findings that: (1) there was no significant acute health risk from the pollution levels to people with normal respiratory capacity; and (2) more data are needed to determine long-term health risks.GAO found that: (1) the report's findings were reasonable, si...
Pesticides: Better Data Can Improve the Usefulness of EPA's Benefit Assessments
RCED-92-32: Published: Dec 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) benefit assessments of pesticides used on food, focusing on: (1) EPA use of such assessments during special reviews of already registered pesticides; and (2) the extent to which EPA used adequate data, clarified limitations, and considered alternative pest-control measures.GAO found that: (1) EPA primari...
Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Minimize Cleanup Delays at the Clark Fork Sites
RCED-92-20: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the progress and problems of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites in Montana, focusing on the: (1) extent and cost of cleanup work; (2) adequacy of cleanup plans; and (3) effectiveness of EPA efforts to recover cleanup costs.GAO found that: (1) only 2 of the 4 sites' 23 operable units have been clean...
Air Pollution: New Approach Needed to Resolve Safety Issue for Vapor Recovery Systems
RCED-91-171: Published: Jun 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) actions to resolve safety issues associated with vehicle-based (onboard) vapor recovery systems.GAO found that: (1) about 11 percent of the 5.1 million metric tons of hydrocarbon emissions attributable to motor vehicles annually come from gasoline vap...
Air Pollution: EPA's Strategy and Resources May Be Inadequate to Control Air Toxics
RCED-91-143: Published: Jun 26, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to implement the new toxic air pollution requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, focusing on EPA actions to: (1) develop a strategic plan for carrying out the requirements; and (2) obtain sufficient resources to meet its regulatory responsibilities within the set time frames.GAO foun...