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[Comments on EPA Authority to Exempt Clean-Fuel Vehicles from Transportation Control Measures]
B-255548: Published: Oct 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on whether the Clean Air Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) exempt clean fuel fleet vehicles from state-imposed high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane restrictions; and (2) establish standards for Inherently Low Emission Vehicles (ILEV) for the purpose of giving ILEV relief from HOV restrictions.GAO found that EPA is: (1)...
Hazardous Materials: Upgrading of Underground Storage Tanks Can Be Improved to Avoid Costly Cleanups
NSIAD-92-117: Published: May 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense (DOD) program for handling its underground storage tanks, focusing on: (1) the type and number of tanks owned by DOD; and (2) DOD efforts to comply with both federal and state requirements, identify and prevent leaks and spills, and correct environmental damage from leaking tanks.GAO found that: (1) in 1989, DOD owned 30,6...
Environmental Enforcement: Alternative Enforcement Organizations for EPA
RCED-92-107: Published: Apr 14, 1992. Publicly Released: May 22, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the advantages and disadvantages of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) current and alternative organizational structures for enforcement responsibilities.GAO found that: (1) while the current organizational structure promotes the integration of enforcement with other agency functions, it also requires enforcement to compete with other pro...
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...
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...
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...
Views on Fish and Wildlife Service's Biological Opinion Addressing Mt. Graham Astrophysical Facility
T-RCED-90-92: Published: Jun 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1990.
GAO discussed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) opinion on the Mount Graham astrophysical project, focusing on whether: (1) FWS prepared its opinion consistently with the amended Endangered Species Act and applicable regulations; and (2) the FWS opinion was affected by any inconsistencies. GAO noted that: (1) the soundness of the Emerald Peak development alternative is questionable; (2) severa...
Water Pollution: Serious Problems Confront Emerging Municipal Sludge Management Program
RCED-90-57: Published: Mar 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) development of a mandated municipal sludge management program, focusing on: (1) the status of EPA and state municipal sludge management efforts; (2) potential obstacles to permanent program implementation; and (3) key issues concerning EPA development of technical sludge standards.GAO found that: (1) few...
Air Pollution: Protecting Parks and Wilderness From Nearby Pollution Sources
RCED-90-10: Published: Feb 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal and state efforts to maintain clean air in national parks and wilderness areas, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the Clean Air Act regulated stationary sources located near areas designated Class I, the highest protection level; (2) how federal land managers protected Class I areas from stationary source emissions; and (3) why states ha...
Hazardous Waste: Attention to DOD Inventories of Hazardous Materials Needed
NSIAD-90-11: Published: Nov 6, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to minimize hazardous waste generation through hazardous materials inventory controls; and (2) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and General Services Administration (GSA) efforts as DOD purchasing agencies.GAO found that 40 percent of hazardous materials designated for disposal was unused, because: (1) lengthy...