Natural resources (51 - 60 of 79 items)
Toxic Substances: Abandonment of PCBs Demonstrates Need for Program Improvements
RCED-87-127: Published: May 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the circumstances that led a polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) handling firm to abandon PCB at two sites, focusing particularly on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulatory practices and enforcement efforts related to the abandonment.GAO found that EPA: (1) has inadequate controls over PCB, particularly regarding headquarters oversigh...
EPA's Region VII PCB Enforcement Actions Concerning PCB Treatment, Inc. and Environmental Resources Management, Inc.
T-RCED-87-13: Published: Apr 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement activities regarding polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), focusing on two companies operating in one EPA region. EPA regulatory activities concerning PCB include: (1) approving PCB disposal and destruction processes developed by private companies; (2) inspecting the companies for compliance wi...
Mineral Resources: Interior Has Improved Its Administration of Coal Exchanges
RCED-87-53: Published: Feb 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of the Interior's procedures for administering the trade or exchange of federal coal lands, interest, or leases for privately owned property to determine whether they ensure the: (1) exchange of coal of equal value only; (2) protection of environmental values; (3) protection of the public interest; and (4) prevention of potential...
Federal Land Acquisition: Land Exchange Process Working But Can Be Improved
RCED-87-9: Published: Feb 5, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the programs that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest Service and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) use to plan, negotiate, and implement land exchanges.GAO found that the land exchange process is working well, since both BLM and the Forest Service: (1) have established and followed procedures governing l...
Surface Mining: Interior Department and States Could Improve Inspection Programs
RCED-87-40: Published: Dec 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federally approved mine inspection and enforcement programs in four states to determine whether: (1) the states were citing all violations observed during mine inspections; and (2) if the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) sampling process to select mines for review is appro...
Nuclear Waste: Institutional Relations Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
RCED-87-14: Published: Feb 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request to assess the Department of Energy's (DOE) relations with the states and Indian tribes that its Nuclear Waste Repository Program affects, GAO: (1) identified the states' and tribes' concerns with the program, including their level of participation in the decisionmaking process for waste sites; (2) examined the DOE program for involving states and tribes and t...
Surface Mining: Difficulties in Reclaiming Mined Lands in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
RCED-86-221: Published: Sep 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the bonding systems for reclamation of strip-mined land in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.GAO found that: (1) unreclaimed acreage exists in both states, posing risks to the health and safety of the public and environment; (2) the interim program bond amounts in Pennsylvania and, to a lesser extent, in West Virginia, have not been adequate to rec...
GAO Work on Nuclear Waste Issue
130597: Jul 31, 1986
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided an overview of its work on the nuclear waste issue; and (2) testified on relations between the Department of Energy (DOE), states, and Indian tribes regarding the waste program. In its previous reports, GAO determined that the DOE: (1) plan for constructing a monitored retrievable storage facility could hinder the repository program's progr...
Surface Mining: Information on Coal Mining Citations Issued by Kentucky Inspectors
RCED-86-180FS: Published: Jun 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined all non-compliance notices and cessation orders Kentucky submitted to the Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in the past year to determine whether Kentucky mining inspectors have failed to issue such citations.GAO found that: (1) 175 inspectors issued 3,986 citations from March 1985 through March 1986; (2)...
Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of March 31, 1986
RCED-86-154FS: Published: Apr 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1986.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO provided its quarterly status report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of its nuclear waste program.GAO found that, during the quarter: (1) the National Academy of Sciences completed its independent review of the methodology DOE used to evaluate and rank first-repository sites and concluded that the methodology was satisfactory and appropria...