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Observations on the Environmental Protection Agency's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 1991
T-RCED-90-46: Published: Mar 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1990.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 1991 budget request. GAO noted that: (1) EPA requested $5.6 billion, increasing its operating budget from $1.92 billion to $2.15 billion, or 12 percent; (2) funding for the construction of wastewater treatment plants would be reduced from $2.0 billion to $1.6 billion; (3) the pace of environmental improvement may not meet public expectation...
Superfund: A More Vigorous and Better Managed Enforcement Program Is Needed
RCED-90-22: Published: Dec 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement of the Superfund program, focusing on: (1) its process for identifying liable and financially viable parties to hold responsible for cleaning up Superfund sites; (2) enforcement tools, including negotiations, unilateral administrative orders, and mixed funding and de minimis settlements; and (...
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...
Guidelines Needed for EPA's Tolerance Assessments of Pesticide Residues in Food
T-RCED-89-35: Published: May 17, 1989. Publicly Released: May 17, 1989.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) methods for assessing potential risks of pesticide residues in food. GAO found that: (1) EPA used its Tolerance Assessment System to estimate dietary exposure to pesticide residues, but it did not establish a policy to assess tolerance levels on population subgroups with the highest potential exposure to pesticides; (2) EPA developed separa...
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...
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 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...