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Railroad Safety: DOT Should Better Manage Its Hazardous Materials Inspection Program
RCED-90-43: Published: Nov 17, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the: (1) effectiveness of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) hazardous materials inspection program; and (2) extent to which the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) improved its Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) and established a program to register hazardous materials shipp...
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...
California Desert: Planned Wildlife Protection and Enhancement Objectives Not Achieved
RCED-89-171: Published: Jun 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed whether the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) appropriately considered wildlife interests in its management of the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA).GAO found that: (1) BLM is statutorily required to manage CDCA in accordance with the principles of multiple use, sustained yield, and resource protection; (2) BLM has worked to develop environm...
Observations on the Corps of Engineers' Draft General Design Memorandum for the Proposed Atlantic Coast of Maryland Hurricane Protection Project
T-RCED-89-33: Published: Apr 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Army Corps of Engineers' draft general design memorandum for the proposed Atlantic Coast of Maryland Hurricane Protection Project for Ocean City, Maryland. GAO noted that: (1) the project, intended to provide storm protection and erosion control, involved construction of a recreation beach, construction of a steel bulkhead and a sand dune for...
Surface Mining: Interior's Response to Abandoned Mine Emergencies
RCED-89-74: Published: Jan 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) report to a congressional subcommittee on its handling of requests for emergency reclamation of abandoned mine land sites, focusing on: (1) the accuracy and completeness of the OSMRE report; (2) how long it took OSMRE to process emergency complaints; and (3) whether OSMRE-approve...
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 Agency: Protecting Human Health and the Environment Through Improved Management
RCED-88-101: Published: Aug 16, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1988.
GAO performed a management review of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine how EPA can: (1) make and sustain management improvements to strengthen policy development; (2) better achieve program initiatives; (3) improve the integrity of management support systems; and (4) enhance planning for future environmental issues.GAO found that EPA actions to increase managerial and operatio...
Offshore Oil and Gas: Environmental Studies Program Meets Most User Needs but Changes Needed
RCED-88-104: Published: Jun 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's outer continental shelf (OCS) environmental studies program to determine: (1) whether contractors timely delivered environmental studies in relation to originally scheduled due dates and planned lease uses; (2) the level of user satisfaction with the studies and how Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) us...
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...
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...