Waste management (81 - 90 of 113 items)
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...
DOE's Efforts to Correct Environmental Problems of the Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-90-47: Published: Mar 15, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1990.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to correct environmental problems in its nuclear weapons complex. GAO noted that: (1) the weapons complex faced such serious and costly environmental problems as inactive waste sites requiring cleanup, groundwater and soil contamination, facilities' noncompliance with environmental laws and standards, and delayed opening of a permanent waste r...
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 (...
Water Resources: Problems in Managing Disposal of Material Dredged From San Francisco Bay
RCED-90-18: Published: Nov 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to designate new disposal sites for dredged material in the San Francisco Bay area and ensure that environmental damage at existing ocean and bay disposal sites was within acceptable limits.GAO found that: (1) the Corps has not designated needed disposal sites because it has not c...
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...
Observations on Infectious Waste Management
T-RCED-89-55: Published: Jul 25, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1989.
GAO discussed six states' infectious waste regulatory programs and infectious waste management issues. GAO found that: (1) 90 percent of the states regulated or planned to regulate medical wastes but did not necessarily have separate infectious waste laws or programs; (2) five of the six states had specific infectious wastes legislation, while Arizona used its general health, air, and solid waste...
Making Superfund Work Better: A Challenge for the New Administration
T-RCED-89-48: Published: Jun 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1989.
GAO discussed its work on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program and reviewed the EPA Superfund management report. In previous reports, GAO had found EPA difficulty in: (1) controlling contracting costs; (2) maintaining a stable and competent work force; (3) compelling violators to pay cleanup costs; and (4) defining and meeting its short- and long-term goals. GAO found that...
Superfund: Interim Assessment of EPA's Enforcement Program
RCED-89-40BR: Published: Oct 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program to determine whether EPA: (1) used its enforcement tools effectively to clean up hazardous waste sites; (2) could do a better job of recovering cleanup costs from potentially responsible parties; and (3) had the necessary framework to plan, manage, and oversee the program.GAO found th...
Transition Series: Environmental Protection Agency Issues
OCG-89-20TR: Published: Nov 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1988.
GAO presented its views on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program issues facing the new administration.GAO found that the new administration will need to: (1) manage environmental programs with greater emphasis on achieving measurable environmental results; (2) implement a multimedia approach in monitoring and evaluating changing environmental conditions; (3) rank results-oriented environme...