Air pollution control (31 - 40 of 80 items)
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...
Climate Change: Observations on EPA's April 1999 Climate Change Report
RCED-99-235R: Published: Jul 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Change Report, which was submitted to the Senate Committee on Appropriations in April 1999, focusing on the extent to which it: (1) provides a comprehensive explanation of the agency's climate change programs for fiscal year (FY) 2000; (2) justifies requested increases in funding for that fiscal...
Environmental Protection Agency: Regional Haze Regulations
OGC-99-53: Published: Jul 8, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on regional haze regulations. GAO noted that: (1) the rule calls for states to establish goals and emission reduction strategies for improving visibility in all 156 mandatory Class I national parks and wilderness areas; (2) specific provisions are included in the rule allowing nine western stat...
Air Pollution: The Border Smog Reduction Act's Impact on Ozone Levels
RCED-99-212: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Border Smog Reduction Act's impact on ozone levels and the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on ozone in the San Diego, California, area, focusing on: (1) estimates of the act's potential impact on ozone-causing chemicals in the San Diego area; and (2) trends in commercial border traffic and ozone levels...
Environmental Protection Agency: Findings of Significant Contribution and Rulemaking on Section 126 Petitions for Purposes of Reducing Interstate Ozone Transport
OGC-99-49: Published: Jun 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on reducing interstate ozone transport of nitrogen oxides. GAO noted that: (1) in accordance with section 126 of the Clean Air Act, the rule contains EPA's final action on petitions filed by eight northeastern states seeking to mitigate significant transport of nitrogen oxides, one of the main...
International Environment: Literature on the Effectiveness of International Environmental Agreements
RCED-99-148: Published: May 1, 1999. Publicly Released: May 1, 1999.
GAO provided information on the three components needed to ensure compliance with international environmental agreements.GAO noted that: (1) data on the results of nations' activities undertaken to meet their international environmental obligations are the basis of determining whether each nation is in compliance with the agreements to which it is a party; (2) historically, such data have had prob...
EPA: Control of Emissions of Air Pollution From Nonroad Diesel Engines
OGC-99-11: Published: Nov 6, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on control of emissions of air pollution from nonroad diesel engines. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would enforce new emission standards for nonroad diesel engines used in most land-based nonroad equipment and some marine applications; and (2) EPA complied with applicable requirements in promulg...
Climate Change: Information on Limitations and Assumptions of DOE's Five-Lab Study
RCED-98-239: Published: Sep 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the study conducted by five Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories on reducing U.S. emissions through energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies, focusing on: (1) how the study's scope and methodology may limit its usefulness; (2) key assumptions that may have influenced the study's results; and (3) the study's role in th...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-97-20(3): Published: Sep 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Environmental Protection issue area as of August 29, 1997...
Air Pollution: Overview and Issues on Emissions Allowance Trading Programs
T-RCED-97-183: Published: Jul 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1997.
GAO discussed its work on the allowance trading program to control acid rain, focusing on: (1) cost savings and pollution reductions from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) acid rain, or sulfur dioxide (SO2), allowance trading program; (2) experiences with trading programs designed to control other air pollutants, and (3) issues that need to be considered in expanding trading programs.GAO...