Hazardous substances (11 - 20 of 81 items)
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...
Superfund: Proposals to Remove Barriers to Brownfield Redevelopment
T-RCED-97-87: Published: Mar 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1997.
GAO discussed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' efforts to support the cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned and idled business properties, commonly known as "brownfields", focusing on: (1) legal barriers that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund, present for redeveloping brownfields; (2) types of federal financi...
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...
Environmental Protection: Selected Issues Related to EPA's Fiscal Year 1997 Appropriation
T-RCED-96-164: Published: May 1, 1996. Publicly Released: May 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) leaking underground storage tank program. GAO noted that: (1) about 20 percent of over 2 million tanks nationwide have leaks or are leaking; (2) releases have been confirmed in 303,000 leaking tanks, and EPA expects this number to rise as owners and operators upgrade their tanks to current standards; (3)...
A Superfund Tool for More Efficient Cleanups
RCED-96-134R: Published: Apr 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of non-time-critical removals for hazardous waste cleanups, focusing on: (1) the advantages and disadvantages of non-time-critical removals; (2) the potential use of non-time-critical removals in Superfund cleanups; and (3) factors that inhibit the use of non-time-critical removals. GAO found that: (1...
Nuclear Waste: Management and Technical Problems Continue to Delay Characterizing Hanford's Tank Waste
RCED-96-56: Published: Jan 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in characterizing its tank waste at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) whether it has met its characterization deadlines; (2) the impediments to meeting characterization deadlines; and (3) the impact that continued delays have on the characterization process.GAO found that: (1) over the past 10 years, DOE has spent over $260 million and made l...
EPA's Efforts to Issue Air Toxic Standards
RCED-95-265R: Published: Sep 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in issuing maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards required by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has issued 26 of 45 MACT standards and plans to issue the other 19 MACT standards by its deadline; (2) EPA plans to meet the 1997 and 2000 dea...
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...
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...