Environmental law (121 - 130 of 332 items)
Environmental Cleanup Costs: NASA Is Making Progress in Identifying Contamination, but More Effort Is Needed
NSIAD-97-98: Published: Jun 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) environmental cleanup costs, focusing on NASA's: (1) determination of the extent of contamination it may be responsible for cleaning up and progress in its cleanup program; (2) cost estimates for accomplishing cleanup; and (3) efforts to determine whether "potentially responsible parties" s...
Environmental Protection: Information Used for Defense Environmental Management
NSIAD-97-135: Published: Jun 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on certain aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental compliance and cleanup activities, focusing on the: (1) extent to which DOD components are meeting requirements to provide data on the cost and status of compliance projects; and (2) relative risk characteristics DOD uses to determine priorities for site cleanup.GAO n...
Air Pollution: Overview and Issues on Emissions Allowance Trading Programs
T-RCED-97-183: Published: Jul 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1997.
GAO discussed its work on the allowance trading program to control acid rain, focusing on: (1) cost savings and pollution reductions from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) acid rain, or sulfur dioxide (SO2), allowance trading program; (2) experiences with trading programs designed to control other air pollutants, and (3) issues that need to be considered in expanding trading programs.GAO...
Environmental Protection: Status of Defense Initiatives for Cleanup, Technology, and Compliance
NSIAD-97-126: Published: May 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental mission, focusing on: (1) the time lag between obligations and expenditures for environmental cleanup and its impact on achieving actual cleanup; (2) the basis for funding overseas cleanup; (3) DOD's proposal to enter into multistate cooperative agreements for technology certificat...
EPA: New Motor Vehicles and New Motor Vehicle Engines Air Pollution Control--Voluntary Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles
OGC-97-45: Published: Jun 20, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agnecy's (EPA) new rule on new motor vehicles and new motor vehicle engine air pollution control. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would provide the main regulatory framework for the National Low Emission Vehicle program and create the means whereby automobile and light-duty truck manufacturers can volunteer to comply wit...
Environmental Protection Issue Area Plan: Fiscal Years 1998-2000
IAP-97-18: Published: Jun 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1997.
GAO provided information on its Environmental Protection issue area plan for fiscal years 1998 through 2000.GAO plans to examine: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management and budget to help ensure that available resources are used efficiently and effectively; (2) information needed by Congress to assist in its oversight and reauthorization of federal environmental statutes; and (...
Superfund: State Voluntary Programs Provide Incentives to Encourage Cleanups
RCED-97-66: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: May 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the voluntary cleanup programs that states have created to facilitate privately initiated cleanups, focusing on: (1) the voluntary cleanup programs' accomplishments; (2) these programs' organization, funding, and major characteristics; and (3) the effects of federal hazardous waste policies on voluntary cleanups and the types of federal assistance...
Forest Service Decision-Making: A Framework for Improving Performance
RCED-97-71: Published: Apr 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1997.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's decisionmaking process, focusing on: (1) the inadequate attention that the Forest Service has given to improving the process; (2) the lack of agreement, both inside and outside the agency, on how it is to resolve conflicts among competing uses on its lands; (3) unresolved interagency issues that transcend its administrative boun...
Air Pollution: Information Contained in EPA's Regulatory Impact Analyses Can Be Made Clearer
RCED-97-38: Published: Apr 14, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 23 regulatory impact analyses (RIA) supporting air quality regulations, focusing on whether the RIAs clearly describe: (1) key economic assumptions subject to uncertainty and the sensitivity of the results to these assumptions; (2) the extent to which benefits and costs were quantified for the proposed regulatory action; and (3) the extent t...
Superfund: Proposals to Remove Barriers to Brownfield Redevelopment
T-RCED-97-87: Published: Mar 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1997.
GAO discussed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' efforts to support the cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned and idled business properties, commonly known as "brownfields", focusing on: (1) legal barriers that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund, present for redeveloping brownfields; (2) types of federal financi...