Natural resources (71 - 80 of 121 items)
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...
Tongass National Forest: Process Used to Modify the Forest Plan
RCED-00-45: Published: Apr 17, 2000. Publicly Released: May 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Tongass National Forest's revised forest plan, focusing on the: (1) process used by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to modify the management direction in the 1997 plan and decide the appeals on the basis of the modified plan; (2) reasons the administration chose to use the process; and (3) reactions to the modifications and the process.GAO...
Air Pollution: EPA's Actions to Resolve Concerns with the Fine Particulate Monitoring Program
RCED-99-215: Published: Aug 12, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Academy of Sciences March 1998 report on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to monitor particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), focusing on: (1) EPA's actions in response to the Academy's concerns with the planned PM2.5 monitoring program; and (2) the challenges that state and local agencies face in establish...
Superfund: EPA Can Improve Its Monitoring of Superfund Expenditures
RCED-99-139: Published: May 11, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program expenditures, focusing on: (1) the relative shares of Superfund expenditures for contractor cleanup work, site-specific support, and non-site-specific support; (2) the activities carried out with the EPA's cleanup support spending, particularly its non-site-specific spendi...
Superfund: Progress Made by EPA and Other Federal Agencies to Resolve Program Management Issues
RCED-99-111: Published: Apr 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the efforts that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the other federal agencies with major cleanup responsibilities have made to set priorities for spending limited cleanup funds at the hazardous waste sites posing the highest risks to human health and the environment; (2) EPA's actions to recover its expenditures for...
Western National Forests: A Cohesive Strategy is Needed to Address Catastrophic Wildfire Threats
RCED-99-65: Published: Apr 2, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent and seriousness of forest-health-related problems in national forests in the interior West; (2) the status of efforts by the Forest Service to address the most serious of these problems; and (3) barriers to successfully addressing these problems and options for overcoming them.GAO noted that: (1) the most extensive an...
Nuclear Waste: Understanding of Waste Migration at Hanford is Inadequate for Key Decisions
RCED-98-80: Published: Mar 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to develop an understanding of conditions in the vadose zone, focusing on: (1) the adequacy of DOE's current understanding of the extent to which waste materials are moving through the vadose zone; and (2) DOE's current strategy for investigating vadose zone conditions.GAO noted that: (1) DOE's own reviews c...
Superfund: Stronger EPA-State Relationship Can Improve Cleanups and Reduce Costs
RCED-97-77: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: May 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the lessons learned from five states that have had significant experience in leading Superfund cleanups; and (2) how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help to ensure that interested states are successful in their efforts to take on increased Superfund responsibilities.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of GAO's review...
Tongass National Forest: Lack of Accountability for Time and Costs Has Delayed Forest Plan Revision
T-RCED-97-153: Published: Apr 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1997.
GAO discussed the decisionmaking process being used by the Forest Service to revise the land management plan for the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska.GAO noted that its work on the Forest Service's process for revising the Tongass forest plan showed that: (1) the Service originally planned to spend 3 years revising the plan; (2) at the end of 3 years, the agency had spent about $4 mi...
National Parks: Park Service Needs Better Information to Preserve and Protect Resources
T-RCED-97-76: Published: Feb 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1997.
GAO discussed its views on the National Park Service's (NPS) knowledge of the condition of the resources that the agency is entrusted to protect within the National Park System.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's work has shown that although NPS acknowledges, and its policies emphasize, the importance of managing parks on the basis of sound scientific information about resources, today such information is s...