Economic development (61 - 69 of 69 items)
EPA Slow in Controlling PCB's
CED-82-21: Published: Dec 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1981.
Various studies have associated the widely used polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's) with a number of health problems. Industry has purchased over 1 billion pounds of PCB's for use in electric transformers and capacitors. Since PCB's have a potential for environmental harm, Congress passed a special provision under the Toxic Substances Control Act to control PCB's. With certain exceptions, the act pr...
Cost Estimate for the Currituck Outer Banks National Wildlife Refuge Needs Revision
CED-81-48: Published: Apr 21, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1981.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed establishing a national wildlife refuge in the Currituck Outer Banks off the North Carolina coast. The Service has estimated that the cost of acquiring the 16,000 acres of land and wetlands for the refuge will be about $94 million over a 5-year acquisition period. GAO was asked to determine whether the Service followed its regulations and policies in...
Proposed Forest Service Land Exchange Involving the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia
114025: Dec 17, 1980
GAO was asked to review a proposed Forest Service land exchange involving the Chattahoochee National Forest. The proposal called for the owners of private property in Chattooga, Walker, and Whitfield Counties to swap their land in exchange for Forest Service acreage within the National Forest.The Forest Service land, after two appraisals, was valued at $328,000. Neither of the appraisals considere...
EPA's Tampering and Fuel Switching Programs
CED-79-47: Published: Mar 1, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1979.
Efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were reviewed to determine the effectiveness of the program to decrease tampering with automobile emission control devices and fuel switching. The practice of using leaded gasoline in vehicles equipped with catalytic converters and designed for unleaded gasoline, if widespread, will substantially increase pollutant emissions.The problems associa...
How To Dispose of Hazardous Waste--A Serious Question That Needs To Be Resolved
CED-79-13: Published: Dec 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1978.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 was enacted to regulate management of hazardous wastes which pose a threat to human health and the environment. The development of environmentally sound treatment and disposal facilities is essential to this purpose. Adequate capacity is not available to handle the increasing volumes of waste being generated, and public opposition is seriously hin...
The Environmental Protection Agency Needs Congressional Guidance and Support To Guard the Public in a Period of Radiation Proliferation
CED-78-27: Published: Jan 20, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1978.
In 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was given unclear authority to protect the American people and their environment from radiation hazards. EPA officials agree that the agency currently is unable to provide complete protection under its ambiguous authorities and that clarification by Congress is needed...
After Years of Effort, Accident Rates Are Still Unacceptably High in Mines Covered by the Federal Metal and Nonmetallic Mines Safety Act
CED-77-103: Published: Jul 26, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1977.
Limited progress has been made in the safety record of mines other than coal mines since federal enforcement was legislated in 1966. The Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration's (MESA) enforcement authority has not permanently reduced health and safety hazards in the noncoal industry...
Proposed Legislation to Amend the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to Fund and Establish a Nonprofit National Environmental Policy Institution
B-140579: Published: Mar 29, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1977.
No summary is currently available...
Proceedings of GAO Symposium on Environmental Protection Issues
D09905: Nov 1, 1976
This is our report on our Division's Symposium on Environmental Protection Issues held in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 24, 25, 26, and 27, 1976. Our Division, as part of its responsibility for planning and coordinating GAD's audits of environmental protection programs, held this symposium to provide GAD professional staff with an opportunity to hear the views of top-level officials in both the publ...