Environmental policies (81 - 90 of 144 items)
Superfund: Status, Cost, and Timeliness of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups
RCED-94-256: Published: Sep 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) EPA use of Superfund program funds between 1987 and 1993; (2) the status of cleanup work at each Superfund site; (3) the cleanup work financed by EPA and the responsible parties; and (4) the extent to which judicial review limits have eliminated EPA clean...
Hazardous Waste: Issues Pertaining to an Incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio
RCED-94-101: Published: Sep 9, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) issues concerning the operational control and ownership of a hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio; (2) whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio have complied with regulations for approving and modifying incinerator permits; and (3) EPA ability to ensure that human health and the environment are protected during...
Superfund: Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues
T-RCED-94-274: Published: Jul 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1994.
GAO discussed the Superfund reauthorization bill and its report on the role of risk in setting priorities for the Superfund program. GAO noted that: (1) the reauthorization bill would improve Superfund site cleanup, increase public involvement in the Superfund process, and expedite settlements with responsible parties with relatively low liability; (2) Congress and the Environmental Protection Age...
Environmental Cleanup: Inconsistent Sharing Arrangements May Increase Defense Costs
NSIAD-94-231: Published: Jul 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to clean up environmental damage on DOD-owned property, focusing on: (1) cleanup costs at contaminated facilities; and (2) the DOD approach for sharing cleanup costs between the government and other parties.GAO found that: (1) environmental cleanup at DOD government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) plants and th...
Relative Risk in Superfund
RCED-94-233R: Published: Jun 17, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Superfund Program, focusing on whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prioritizes hazardous waste sites by their health risks. GAO noted that: (1) EPA headquarters leaves prioritizing to its regions which have not implemented the worst-sites-first policy; (2) EPA regions base their decisions for including sites on the National Priori...
International Environment: Improved Procedures Needed for Environmental Assessments of U.S. Actions Abroad
RCED-94-55: Published: Feb 11, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' use of environmental impact assessments to assess the environmental consequences of their overseas activities, focusing on: (1) the requirements for environmental impact assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order 12114; (2) federal agencies' implementation of Executive Order 12114; and (3) t...
Endangered Species: Public Comments Received on Proposed Listings
RCED-93-220BR: Published: Sep 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the biological information the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) used as the basis for proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).GAO found that: (1) between 1989 and 1992, FWS published final rules to list 226 plant and animal species as endangered or threatened under ESA and withdrew proposed rules to list or reclassify 3 species; (2)...
Endangered Species: Factors Associated With Delayed Listing Decisions
RCED-93-152: Published: Aug 5, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) listing process for six selected endangered species.GAO found that: (1) questions about biological data on the size and distribution of the species' populations, the genetic uniqueness of the species, and the nature of threats to the species' existence have delayed FWS listing decisions from 5 months to 6 years...
Air Pollution: Impact of White House Entities on Two Clean Air Rules
RCED-93-24: Published: May 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rulemaking pursuant to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, focusing on: (1) White House involvement in the rulemaking process; (2) changes that occurred after White House participation; and (3) EPA compliance with public docket requirements.GAO found that: (1) two EPA Clean Air Act rules significantly c...
[Comments on EPA Authority to Enter Into Clean Air Act Settlement Agreements]
B-247155.2: Published: Mar 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) response to a GAO opinion concluding that EPA did not have the authority to enter into settlement agreements to reduce violators' civil penalties in exchange for their funding public information and other projects. GAO noted that: (1) EPA still believed it had the legal authority to enter into such settle...