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Environmental Protection Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-97
IAP-96-24: Published: Jun 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1996.
GAO provided information on its Environmental Protection issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 through 1997.GAO plans to: (1) evaluate the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management and budget to help ensure that available resources are used efficiently and effectively; (2) assess the government's management of hazardous waste site cleanups; (3) review the implementation and cost-effective...
State Cleanup Standards
RCED-96-98R: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: May 7, 1996.
GAO provided information about 21 states' standards for the cleanup of soil and groundwater at Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) whether states base their standards on estimates of health risks; (2) how the standards compare with corresponding federal standards; and (3) whether the states adjust the standards for site-specific conditions. GAO noted that: (1) 20 of the 21 states with such standards...
Superfund: Number of Potentially Responsible Parties at Superfund Sites Is Difficult to Determine
RCED-96-75: Published: Mar 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the parties responsible for contaminating sites on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priorities List (NPL), focusing on the number of: (1) de minimis parties that may have contributed only a relatively small amount of contamination at nonfederal NPL sites; and (2) potentially responsible parties at nonfederal munic...
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...
Superfund: Information on Current Health Risks
RCED-95-205: Published: Jul 19, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the current health risks from Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) the extent to which sites may pose health risks under current land uses, as opposed to the risks that may develop if land uses change in the future; and (2) whether the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) short-term response actions to mitigate the health risks from...
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...
Environmental Cleanup: Defense Indemnification for Contractor Operations
NSIAD-95-27: Published: Nov 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the military services' use of the National Defense Contracts Act to indemnify contractors for their environmental cleanup efforts; and (2) how the Department of Defense (DOD) reports its indemnification actions to Congress.GAO found that: (1) the Army and Navy have used the act to indemnify contractors' environmental restoration efforts at lea...
Environmental Cleanup: Supplemental Case Studies of High Priority DOD Installations
NSIAD-95-8: Published: Nov 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1994.
GAO provided cases studies on six Department of Defense (DOD) installations' environmental cleanup efforts in this supplement to an earlier report, GAO/NSIAD-94-133, and addressing the: (1) status of the restoration program; (2) cost of cleanup to date; (3) cleanup options considered; (4) option selected; (5) expected completion; and (6) applicable standards.GAO found that: (1) DOD's environmental...
Pollution Prevention: Status of DOD's Efforts
NSIAD-95-13: Published: Nov 9, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Department of Defense's (DOD) pollution prevention efforts, focusing on the: (1) extent to which DOD collects and reports information on its toxic chemical inventories and releases; (2) progress DOD has made in reducing the use of toxic chemicals; (3) problems that hinder DOD efforts to reduce the use of toxic chemi...