Hazardous substances (61 - 70 of 114 items)
Hazardous Waste: Impediments Delay Timely Closing and Cleanup of Facilities
RCED-92-84: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) inspection of closing land disposal facilities, focusing on the: (1) enforcement actions taken against facilities found in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and (2) factors delaying the proper closing of those facilities.GAO found that: (1) over a 5-year period, states conduc...
Hudson River Superfund Site
RCED-92-129R: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1992.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decisionmaking process in cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the Hudson River, focusing on: (1) EPA plans to evaluate the effect of permitted PCB releases in the Hudson River; and (2) federal permits for dredging PCB from the Hudson River and selecting a hazardous waste disposal site to hol...
Hazardous Waste: Management of Maquiladoras' Waste Hampered by Lack of Information
RCED-92-102: Published: Feb 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared U.S. and Mexican hazardous waste laws and regulations, resources, and enforcement practices, to determine how the generation and disposal of hazardous wastes from maquiladoras, companies that use materials imported into Mexico to produce finished goods for export, is being managed.GAO found that: (1) although U.S. and Mexican laws and regulations p...
[DOD Allowable Cost Provisions and CERCLA]
B-246822.2: Published: Feb 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the relationship between the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Department of Defense's (DOD) provisions for allocating responsibility for payment of environmental cleanup costs. GAO noted that: (1) under CERCLA, DOD shares liability with its contractors for hazardous waste cleanup at sites where...
Blending of Hazardous Waste With Fuel Products
T-OSI-92-3: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1991.
GAO discussed its investigations into allegations that fuel products illegally blended with hazardous wastes had been exported over the road between Canada and the United States. GAO noted that: (1) interviews with enforcement officials revealed only isolated incidents where illegally-blended fuel products were transported or suspected of being transported; (2) no reliable information exists on th...
Hazardous Waste: Management Problems Continue at Overseas Military Bases
NSIAD-91-231: Published: Aug 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed hazardous waste management at the Department of Defense's (DOD) overseas installations, focusing on whether DOD bases overseas were protecting humans and the environment.GAO found that: (1) due to unclear and outdated DOD policy and service regulations, it was difficult to determine the extent to which overseas bases should comply with U.S. laws wh...
Pesticides: EPA's Repeat Emergency Exemptions May Provide Potential for Abuse
T-RCED-91-83: Published: Jul 23, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) administration of the emergency-use exemption provision of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, which allows states and federal agencies to use unregistered pesticides in an emergency without having to go through the EPA registration process. GAO noted that: (1) since 1978, EPA has granted over 4,000 specific and crisis u...
Nuclear Waste: Pretreatment Modifications at DOE Hanford's B Plant Should Be Stopped
RCED-91-165: Published: Jun 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to modify its Hanford Site B Plant in Washington to pretreat mixed high-level radioactive waste before the vitrification process to turn it into glass.GAO found that: (1) although DOE was aware that the plant had not met specific federal or DOE regulations since 1987, it failed to timely discuss the compliance...
Hazardous Waste: Limited Progress in Closing and Cleaning Up Contaminated Facilities
RCED-91-79: Published: May 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in completing closures and issuing post-closure permits at hazardous waste disposal facilities.GAO found that: (1) nearly half of the facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste have decided to close their operations because they are unable or unwilling to meet federal hazardous w...
Environmental Protection: Bibliography of GAO Documents, August 1988-April 1990
RCED-90-228: Published: Sep 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1990.
GAO provided a bibliography of its documents relating to the environment that were issued between August 1988 and April 1990.GAO included references to reports, speeches, testimonies, and other documents, representing the broad interrelationship between environmental protection and such other issues as health, energy, transportation, agriculture, and natural resources...