Hazardous substances (61 - 70 of 276 items)
Environmental Liabilities: DOD Training Range Cleanup Cost Estimates Are Likely Understated
GAO-01-479: Published: Apr 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2001.
Because of concerns about the long-term budgetary implications associated with the environmental cleanup of the Department of Defense (DOD) training ranges, GAO examined (1) the potential magnitude of the cost to clean up these ranges in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, (2) the scope and reliability of DOD's training range inventory, and (3) the methodologies used to develop cost e...
EPA's Expenditures to Clean Up the Bunker Hill Superfund Site
GAO-01-431R: Published: Mar 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2001.
In 1995, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Idaho signed an agreement to clean up a mining area known as Bunker Hill. The agreement estimated that the total cost of the cleanup would be $126 million, with the state's share capped at $12.6 million. This correspondence focuses on (1) EPA's actual expenditures for cleanup activities and how these expenditures differ from the e...
Superfund: Information Regarding EPA's Cleanup Decision Process on the Hudson River Site
RCED-00-193: Published: Sep 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to clean up the Hudson River, focusing on: (1) the computer models EPA and General Electric (GE) are using in their assessments and related scientific and technical issues; and (2) the processes EPA is using to obtain and respond to scientific and technical comments on its modeling...
Superfund: Extent to Which Most Reforms Have Improved the Program Is Unknown
RCED-00-118: Published: May 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program administrative reforms, focusing on the: (1) reforms' demonstrated results and the performance measures EPA uses to gauge these results; and (2) legislative changes to the program that either EPA or key stakeholders--including, among others, officials representing parties responsible for...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project--Uncertainties May Affect Performance, Schedule, and Price
RCED-00-106: Published: Apr 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project's status and potential uncertainties with regard to: (1) successfully treating mixed waste; (2) meeting the project's deadlines; and (3) minimizing increases in the contract price.GAO noted that: (1) changes in the technical approach have simplified the treatment of most of the...
Environmental Protection: Grants for International Activities and Smart Growth
RCED-00-145R: Published: May 31, 2000. Publicly Released: May 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) grants for international activities and smart growth, focusing on the: (1) number, dollar amount, and recipients of international and smart growth grants; (2) purposes of and the activities pursuant to the grants; and (3) statutory bases that EPA cites for awarding these grants.GAO noted th...
Superfund: Analysis of Costs at Five Superfund Sites
RCED-00-22: Published: Jan 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the costs of operating five Superfund cleanup sites, focusing on: (1) what portion of the total funds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent on each site was used to pay contractors for remedial actions as opposed to other activities and how the contractors spent these funds; and (2) whether the actual cost for remedial actions differed fr...
Superfund: Information on the Program's Funding and Status
RCED-00-25: Published: Oct 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Superfund program, focusing on the: (1) status of the program's funding and expenditures, including information on the Superfund trust fund to date and the moneys appropriated from it to federal agencies other than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Superfund activities; (2) costs to responsible parties for all site cl...
International Environment: Experts' Observations on Enhancing Compliance With a Climate Change Agreement
RCED-99-248: Published: Aug 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified issues that could enhance compliance with the Kyoto Protocol or any climate change agreement, focusing on the: (1) clarity of the protocol's goals and procedures; (2) use of incentives that encourage compliance to supplement punitive measures to punish noncompliance; and (3) role of environmental and industry groups.GAO noted that: (1) three feat...
Superfund: Half the Sites Have All Cleanup Remedies in Place or Completed
RCED-99-245: Published: Jul 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) the status in the Superfund cleanup process of the sites on EPA's list of the nation's most hazardous sites, called the National Priorities List (NPL); and (2) for the 609 NPL sites GAO included in its review where cleanups have not been completed, what...