Hazardous substances (51 - 60 of 81 items)
Hazardous Waste: Contractors Should Be Accountable for Environmental Performance
RCED-90-23: Published: Oct 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) and the Department of Defense's (DOD): (1) payment of contractors' penalties and associated legal costs for noncompliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and (2) reductions of contractors' award fees when they failed to comply with environmental regulations.GAO found that: (1) DOD generally h...
The Coast Guard's Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites
T-RCED-90-6: Published: Nov 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1989.
GAO discussed the U.S. Coast Guard's actions to carry out its responsibilities under environmental laws, focusing on its efforts to identify and clean up its hazardous waste locations. GAO noted that: (1) the Coast Guard believes that it has identified all of its hazardous waste locations and has cleaned up 12 of the 26 locations it identified, but 3 remaining major cleanup efforts will take up to...
Adequacy of Preparation and Response Related to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
T-RCED-89-59: Published: Aug 10, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1989.
GAO discussed the oil industry's and federal government's response to a large oil spill in Alaska. GAO found that: (1) an inadequate initial response to the spill resulted from equipment and personnel shortages, inadequate communications, and an ineffective organizational structure; (2) the pipeline terminal operator only assembled equipment and personnel for the most likely accident, which was fa...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Management of Single-Shell Tanks at Hanford, Washington
RCED-89-157: Published: Jul 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its Hanford, Washington, site's underground single-shell waste storage tanks containing radioactive and nonradioactive hazardous liquid and solid wastes from nuclear materials production.GAO found that DOE: (1) through 1988, identified definite or possible leaks in 66 of 149 single-shell tanks, with an...
Making Superfund Work Better: A Challenge for the New Administration
T-RCED-89-48: Published: Jun 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1989.
GAO discussed its work on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program and reviewed the EPA Superfund management report. In previous reports, GAO had found EPA difficulty in: (1) controlling contracting costs; (2) maintaining a stable and competent work force; (3) compelling violators to pay cleanup costs; and (4) defining and meeting its short- and long-term goals. GAO found that...
Export of Unregistered Pesticides Is Not Adequately Monitored by EPA
T-RCED-89-31: Published: May 3, 1989. Publicly Released: May 3, 1989.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) procedures for monitoring exports of unregistered pesticides and notifying foreign governments of U.S. actions taken on some pesticides. GAO noted that EPA: (1) did not have a program for monitoring pesticide manufacturers' compliance with export notification requirements; (2) did not require export notices for unregistered pesticides which...
Superfund: Analysis of Issues Concerning the Operating Industries Site
RCED-89-77: Published: Mar 30, 1989. Publicly Released: May 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) inclusion of a hazardous waste site on its National Priorities List (NPL), focusing on: (1) its inclusion of the entire site on NPL; and (2) the cost-effectiveness of its treatment of the site.GAO found that EPA: (1) complied with applicable laws and regulations when it defined the site's boundaries for i...
Environmental Problems at the Department of Energy's Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-89-12: Published: Feb 24, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1989.
GAO discussed the environmental issues facing the Department of Energy (DOE) in cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that: (1) DOE needed to clean up existing contamination in soil and groundwater and bring its facilities' operations into full compliance with environmental laws; (2) the estimated costs for cleaning up existing contamination would total between $35 billion and $65 bil...
Superfund: Missed Statutory Deadlines Slow Progress in Environmental Programs
RCED-89-27: Published: Nov 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed compliance with deadlines in the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), specifically to: (1) catalog the SARA deadlines from the date of enactment through December 31, 1991; and (2) determine compliance with deadlines through March 31, 1989.GAO found that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for 78 of...
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...