Natural resources (21 - 30 of 79 items)
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Single-Shell Tank Leaks Greater Than Estimated
RCED-91-177: Published: Aug 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) or its Hanford, Washington, site contractor fully disclosed the volume of waste that leaked from the site's underground single-shell storage tanks.GAO found that: (1) DOE estimated that 750,000 gallons of liquid waste leaked from 66 shell tanks, but did not include the volume of cooling water that had been a...
Rangeland Management: Comparison of Rangeland Condition Reports
RCED-91-191: Published: Jul 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO followed up on its 1988 report on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and Forest Service's rangeland management programs, comparing the conclusions and analyzing the findings of two studies conducted by BLM and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the condition of the public rangeland under BLM jurisdiction.GAO found that: (1) although NRDC and...
Nuclear Waste: Pretreatment Modifications at DOE Hanford's B Plant Should Be Stopped
RCED-91-165: Published: Jun 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to modify its Hanford Site B Plant in Washington to pretreat mixed high-level radioactive waste before the vitrification process to turn it into glass.GAO found that: (1) although DOE was aware that the plant had not met specific federal or DOE regulations since 1987, it failed to timely discuss the compliance...
Abandoned Mine Reclamation: Interior May Have Approved State Shifts to Noncoal Projects Prematurely
RCED-91-162: Published: Jun 7, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) process for allowing states to spend federal surface coal mine reclamation funds to address noncoal reclamation problems, focusing on whether OSMRE ensured that states met the certification requirements.GAO found that: (1) the OSMRE certification revi...
Federal Lands: Improvements Needed in Managing Concessioners
RCED-91-163: Published: Jun 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) laws and policies governing recreation concession operations on federal lands; (2) total number and types of concession agreements; (3) total return to the government from concession operations; and (4) federal recreation resources management practices of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,...
Coal Mine Subsidence: Several States May Not Meet Federal Insurance Program Objectives
RCED-91-140: Published: May 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) efforts to implement the federally assisted coal mine subsidence insurance program; and (2) six states' efforts to develop self-sustaining insurance programs.GAO found that: (1) after 5 years experience with the program, two of the six states that r...
Nuclear Waste: Problems and Delays With Characterizing Hanford's Single-Shell Tank Waste
RCED-91-118: Published: Apr 23, 1991. Publicly Released: May 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to characterize single-shell tank wastes at its Hanford, Washington site, focusing on impediments such as: (1) technological limitations; and (2) safety considerations.GAO found that: (1) due to the number of unresolved issues, DOE was unlikely to complete the first-phase characterization of the sing...
Recreation Concessioners Operating on Federal Lands
T-RCED-91-16: Published: Mar 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1991.
GAO discussed the issue of concession-operated recreation services on federal lands, concerning the National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers. GAO noted that: (1) since there was no single law authorizing concession operations for all six agencies, the agencies' policies regarding the ty...
Mineral Revenues: Progress Has Been Slow in Verifying Offshore Oil and Gas Production
RCED-90-193: Published: Aug 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's actions to: (1) verify the accuracy of reported offshore oil and gas production; and (2) annually inspect certain offshore lease sites.GAO found that: (1) Interior lacked a fully operational program for verifying that sites accurately reported all oil and gas production for royalty determination purposes, but the Mi...
Bonneville Unit's Irrigation and Drainage System Is Not Economically Justified
T-RCED-90-108: Published: Sep 18, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1990.
GAO discussed whether the proposed construction of the Irrigation and Drainage (I&D) System of the Central Utah Project's (CUP) Bonneville Unit was economically justified. GAO noted that: (1) the U.S. economy would realize a benefit of only 30 cents for every dollar of project costs; (2) the I&D system would supply irrigation water to farmlands in central and southern Utah; and (3) the I&D system...