Waste management (31 - 40 of 53 items)
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...
Coast Guard: Additional Efforts Needed to Clean Up Hazardous Waste Sites
RCED-90-164: Published: Jul 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Coast Guard's progress in carrying out its statutory environmental responsibilities.GAO found that: (1) since 1987, the Coast Guard has identified many additional potential hazardous waste locations; (2) the Coast Guard estimated that of the 20 locations requiring cleanup, relatively minor action at 16 locations will cost about $...
Hazardous Waste: Fort Benjamin Harrison's Compliance With Environmental Laws
NSIAD-90-88: Published: Mar 28, 1990. Publicly Released: May 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the Army's compliance with environmental laws at Fort Benjamin Harrison, focusing on: (1) landfills leaching into groundwater; (2) air pollution systems for coal-fired boilers; (3) a hazardous waste storage site; and (4) a pesticide storage building.GAO found that: (1) the Army corrected one landfill's erosion and soil cover p...
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...
Superfund: A More Vigorous and Better Managed Enforcement Program Is Needed
RCED-90-22: Published: Dec 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement of the Superfund program, focusing on: (1) its process for identifying liable and financially viable parties to hold responsible for cleaning up Superfund sites; (2) enforcement tools, including negotiations, unilateral administrative orders, and mixed funding and de minimis settlements; and (...
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...
Implications of State Cleanups of Hazardous Waste Sites on Federal Policy
T-RCED-90-5: Published: Nov 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1989.
GAO reviewed state cleanups of hazardous waste sites not included under the federal Superfund program, focusing on: (1) state cleanup progress; (2) whether state cleanup levels and remedies met Superfund standards; and (3) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed policy to turn over cleanup of some Superfund sites to states. GAO found that: (1) although most states have accomplished fe...
The Coast Guard's Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites
T-RCED-90-6: Published: Nov 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1989.
GAO discussed the U.S. Coast Guard's actions to carry out its responsibilities under environmental laws, focusing on its efforts to identify and clean up its hazardous waste locations. GAO noted that: (1) the Coast Guard believes that it has identified all of its hazardous waste locations and has cleaned up 12 of the 26 locations it identified, but 3 remaining major cleanup efforts will take up to...
Hazardous Waste: EPA Cleanup Requirements--DOD Versus Private Entities
NSIAD-89-144: Published: Jul 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the overlapping requirements of two environmental laws caused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have higher cleanup standards for Department of Defense (DOD) installations with hazardous waste sites than for private sites.GAO found that: (1) DOD installations with both active and inactive hazardous waste sites could be subject to...
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,...