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Environmental Protection: Bibliography of GAO Documents, January 1985 - August 1988
RCED-89-23: Published: Jan 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1989.
This bibliography includes information on documents directly or indirectly related to environmental protection that GAO released between January 1985 and August 1988. The documents included represent the broad relationship which exists between the environmental area and other areas of interest addressed by GAO such as health, energy, transportation, agriculture, and natural resources...
Government and the Environment: An Interview with Lee Thomas
139238: Jan 1, 1989
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 6, Summer 1989, presents a round table discussion with the Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the EPA role in protecting the environment. The discussion focuses on: (1) the administrative accomplishments over the past 20 years and remaining problems; (2) the framework in which EPA operates; (3) the federal-state...
Superfund: Interim Assessment of EPA's Enforcement Program
RCED-89-40BR: Published: Oct 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program to determine whether EPA: (1) used its enforcement tools effectively to clean up hazardous waste sites; (2) could do a better job of recovering cleanup costs from potentially responsible parties; and (3) had the necessary framework to plan, manage, and oversee the program.GAO found th...
Superfund Contracts: EPA Needs to Control Contractor Costs
RCED-88-182: Published: Jul 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed contractor performance at 43 hazardous waste sites to determine if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had established adequate controls to ensure high-quality, cost-effective, and timely work under its Superfund remedial study contracts.GAO found that EPA: (1) lacked adequate information to evaluate contractors' work plans and proposed costs...
Environmental Protection Agency: Protecting Human Health and the Environment Through Improved Management
RCED-88-101: Published: Aug 16, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1988.
GAO performed a management review of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine how EPA can: (1) make and sustain management improvements to strengthen policy development; (2) better achieve program initiatives; (3) improve the integrity of management support systems; and (4) enhance planning for future environmental issues.GAO found that EPA actions to increase managerial and operatio...
Hazardous Waste: Many Enforcement Actions Do Not Meet EPA Standards
RCED-88-140: Published: Jun 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and states' progress in implementing the EPA enforcement response policy under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), focusing on: (1) the extent to which EPA and authorized states took timely and appropriate enforcement actions against high-priority violators; (2) EPA oversight of the appr...
Superfund De Minimis Settlements
T-RCED-88-46: Published: Jun 20, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1988.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) implementation of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 focusing on EPA de minimis settlement activities at two Superfund sites. GAO noted that the de minimis settlements involve parties that have caused a relatively small share of the pollution at the nation's worst hazardous waste sites. GAO found that EPA: (1) reached...
Air Pollution: Better Internal Controls Needed To Ensure Complete Air Regulation Dockets
RCED-88-128: Published: Apr 26, 1988. Publicly Released: May 27, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the policy and legal issues concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) practice of reviewing proposed regulations concurrently with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), focusing on the Office of Air and Radiation's (OAR) proposed regulations under the Clean Air Act.GAO found that OAR: (1) has routinely and legally used concurrent...
Toxic Substances: PCB Enforcement in Kansas City Region Substantiates Need for Further Program Improvements
RCED-88-72: Published: Feb 26, 1988. Publicly Released: May 3, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Kansas City regional office's oversight of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) storage and disposal companies; and (2) identified improvements needed in the EPA nationwide PCB enforcement program.GAO found that: (1) EPA has not directed its regional offices to assign special priority to the inspection...
Air Pollution: EPA's Efforts To Develop a New Model for Regulating Utility Emissions
RCED-88-57: Published: Jan 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) procurement of the Advanced Utility Simulation Model, an air quality model, specifically: (1) when and how it will be complete and fully operational; (2) why EPA used a cooperative agreement rather than a procurement contract; (3) why EPA did not require the delivery of an operational model and whet...