Environmental policies (71 - 80 of 144 items)
Approaches for Environmental Regulations
RCED-96-135R: Published: Apr 25, 1996. Publicly Released: May 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the cost of complying with federal environmental laws and regulations. GAO found that: (1) beginning in 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was required to generate standards for predetermined water and air contaminants within a rigid schedule; (2) the predetermination of contaminants and rigid schedule limited EPA capacity to identify...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-96-20(2): Published: Apr 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1996.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in its Environmental Protection issue area as of April 6, 1996...
EPA's Efforts to Issue Air Toxic Standards
RCED-95-265R: Published: Sep 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in issuing maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards required by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has issued 26 of 45 MACT standards and plans to issue the other 19 MACT standards by its deadline; (2) EPA plans to meet the 1997 and 2000 dea...
Hazardous Waste: Benefits of EPA's Information System Are Limited
AIMD-95-167: Published: Aug 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (RCRIS) is meeting its primary objectives and its effect on implementation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).GAO found that: (1) RCRIS does not meet its overall goal of helping EPA and the states manage the haz...
Environmental Protection Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-97
IAP-95-23: Published: Sep 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Environmental Protection issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 through 1997.GAO plans to: (1) provide information to aid Congress in reauthorizing and allocating funds to Superfund; (2) identify ways to improve the design and management of waste programs; (3) aid Congress in its oversight of control measures adopted under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990; (4) assess states' p...
EPA and the States: Environmental Challenges Require a Better Working Relationship
RCED-95-64: Published: Apr 3, 1995. Publicly Released: May 8, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the difficulties that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states have in implementing federal environmental protection requirements, focusing on the: (1) reasons for these difficulties; and (2) ways EPA and the states can improve their ability to carry out the requirements.GAO found that: (1) most states have had difficulty in impleme...
Department of Energy: National Priorities Needed for Meeting Environmental Agreements
RCED-95-1: Published: Mar 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in cleaning up its nuclear weapons complex, focusing on: (1) its use of environmental agreements with state and federal regulators; and (2) the effectiveness of its cleanup strategy.GAO found that: (1) DOE has focused on collecting data and investigating sites, rather than the actual cleanup of sites; (2) DOE has only put a small amount of eff...
Endangered Species Act: Information on Species Protection on Nonfederal Lands
RCED-95-16: Published: Dec 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) efforts to protect species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), focusing on: (1) the extent to which species listed under ESA have habitat on nonfederal lands; (2) how two ESA provisions have addressed potential conflicts between species protection and the use of nonfederal lands; and (3) the extent and...
Nuclear Cleanup: Difficulties in Coordinating Activities Under Two Environmental Laws
RCED-95-66: Published: Dec 22, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to clean up its nuclear waste sites and comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), focusing on: (1) the problems DOE has encountered in coordinating its nuclear waste cleanup activities; and...
Air Pollution: Allowance Trading Offers an Opportunity to Reduce Emissions at Less Cost
RCED-95-30: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) emissions trading program, focusing on: (1) the extent to which allowance trading is expected to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions and compliance costs; (2) the status of the allowance trading market; (3) barriers to increased allowance trading; and (4) the implications for designing a similar approach to c...