Toxic substances (31 - 40 of 44 items)
Water Pollution: Nonindustrial Wastewater Pollution Can Be Better Managed
RCED-92-40: Published: Dec 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the range, sources, and seriousness of pollutants found in nonindustrial wastewater; (2) local and state governments' strategies and programs to better manage and control those pollutants; and (3) federal options that might encourage or require better management and control of those pollutants.GAO found that: (1) household wastewater accounts...
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on whether DOD bases overseas were protecting humans and the environment.GAO found that: (1) due to unclear and outdated DOD policy and service regulations, it was difficult to determine the extent to which overseas bases should comply with U.S. laws wh...
Stronger Efforts Needed by EPA to Control Toxic Water Pollution
T-RCED-91-81: Published: Jul 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and states' efforts to implement the Clean Water Act requirements for controlling toxic pollution of the nation's surface water. GAO noted that: (1) EPA and states did not identify many of the nation's impaired waters since most states monitored only a minority of their waters; (2) many of the strategies developed to address the relatively...
Environmental Enforcement: Penalties May Not Recover Economic Benefits Gained by Violators
RCED-91-166: Published: Jun 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) penalty policies and practices.GAO found that: (1) although total penalties assessed by EPA increased in fiscal year (FY) 1990, the amounts showed little relationship to the economic benefit of the violations; (2) total penalties assessed by EPA in all of its programs increased from $35 million in FY 1989...
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...
Water Pollution: Improved Monitoring and Enforcement Needed for Toxic Pollutants Entering Sewers
RCED-89-101: Published: Apr 25, 1989. Publicly Released: May 25, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed key elements of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Industrial Pretreatment Program, focusing on whether: (1) industrial users of publicly owned treatment works (POTW) had discharges exceeding program discharge limitations; and (2) treatment plant enforcement over dischargers, and EPA and state enforcement over treatment plants,...
Hazardous Waste: Problems and Cleanup Efforts at an FAA Facility in Oklahoma City
RCED-88-113FS: Published: Mar 3, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) nature and extent of hazardous waste problems at the Federal Aviation Administration's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center; and (2) actions the Center took to clean up contamination.GAO found that: (1) state and local regulatory agencies cited the Center several times between 1984 and 1987 for various hazardous waste violat...
Federal Reregistration of Pesticides and Reassessment of Tolerances Will Extend Into the 21st Century
T-RCED-87-27: Published: Jun 8, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1987.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of pesticides. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has not carried out its congressional mandate to completely reassess the risks of all registered pesticides; (2) until EPA completes its reassessment, it cannot ensure that the public and the environment are protected from dangerous pesticides; (3) EPA registers pesticides and sets tolerance...
Air Quality Standards: EPA's Standard Setting Process Should Be More Timely and Better Planned
RCED-87-23: Published: Dec 3, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on: (1) the current status and cost of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to review and update its national air quality standards; and (2) EPA plans for addressing additional research needs.GAO found that EPA: (1) had not met its congressional mandate for reviewing and updating its national air quality standards by 1980; (2) rev...
Hazardous Waste Management at Tinker Air Force Base--Problems Noted, Improvements Needed
NSIAD-85-91: Published: Jul 19, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed hazardous waste management practices at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma.GAO found that: (1) the base has been selling, transferring, or disposing of hazardous wastes rather than recycling them, as required by Department of Defense (DOD) waste management policies; (2) an industrial waste treatment plant at the base was not being used to full c...