Waste disposal (31 - 40 of 44 items)
Superfund: Extent of Nation's Potential Hazardous Waste Problem Still Unknown
RCED-88-44: Published: Dec 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the extent to which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increased its hazardous waste site discovery efforts to determine the: (1) total possible number and types of sites that required investigation; (2) status of 837 sites EPA did not include in its 1985 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CE...
Hazardous Waste: Facility Inspections Are Not Thorough and Complete
RCED-88-20: Published: Nov 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the thoroughness and completeness of hazardous waste handler inspections conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and authorized states under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).GAO found that: (1) EPA inspection experts identified 200 RCRA violations at 22 of 26 facilities inspected between December 1986 and May 1987; (...
Closure Status of RCRA Hazardous Waste Land Disposal Facilities
T-RCED-88-13: Published: Dec 5, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1987.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's requirements for closure of hazardous waste land disposal facilities. GAO found that: (1) the estimate of the number of disposal facilities requiring closure has increased from 995 to 1,161; (2) the increases occurred because some facilities which had planned to continue operation...
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...
Hazardous Waste: Enforcement of Certification Requirements for Land Disposal Facilities
RCED-87-60BR: Published: Jan 27, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's certification requirements for owners of hazardous waste land disposal facilities operating under interim status.GAO found that EPA: (1) targeted facilities for priority inspection or review on the basis of indications that the facilities mig...
Water Resources: Legislation Needed To Extend the Life of Confined Disposal Facilities
RCED-86-145: Published: Aug 12, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status and use of confined disposal facilities that the Army Corps of Engineers built on the Great Lakes, specifically: (1) whether the facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin, should be closed; (2) the location and status of all confined disposal facilities that the Corps has built since 1970, local government and private sector use of the facilitie...
The Superfund Videotape: Broadcasting to the Congress
129473: Jan 1, 1986
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 21, Issue 1, Winter 1986, discusses the use of audiovisual aids to broadcast information involving ways to improve Superfund hazardous waste cleanup efforts. GAO was concerned that its views on the reauthorization of Superfund might only reach legislative and oversight congressional committees; therefore, it sought additional ways to communicate...
Taxing Hazardous Waste: Economics, Design, and Implementation
126471: Jan 1, 1985
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 20, Issue 1, Winter 1985, describes the financial management of the Superfund program to clean up hazardous waste sites. The taxing authority of the fund will end on September 30, 1985, and Congress is considering reauthorization of the program and is discussing the implementation of a waste-end tax to create an economic incentive to reduce the...
EPA Could Benefit From Comprehensive Management Information on Superfund Enforcement Actions
RCED-85-3: Published: Dec 28, 1984. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent of management information available to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in carrying out its enforcement responsibilities under the Superfund program.GAO found that, while EPA headquarters and regional offices have individual management information systems for tracking Superfund enforcement actions, there is no such system that c...