Hazardous substances (81 - 90 of 155 items)
Hazardous Waste: Issues Pertaining to an Incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio
RCED-94-101: Published: Sep 9, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) issues concerning the operational control and ownership of a hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio; (2) whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio have complied with regulations for approving and modifying incinerator permits; and (3) EPA ability to ensure that human health and the environment are protected during...
Superfund: Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues
T-RCED-94-274: Published: Jul 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1994.
GAO discussed the Superfund reauthorization bill and its report on the role of risk in setting priorities for the Superfund program. GAO noted that: (1) the reauthorization bill would improve Superfund site cleanup, increase public involvement in the Superfund process, and expedite settlements with responsible parties with relatively low liability; (2) Congress and the Environmental Protection Age...
Environmental Cleanup: Inconsistent Sharing Arrangements May Increase Defense Costs
NSIAD-94-231: Published: Jul 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to clean up environmental damage on DOD-owned property, focusing on: (1) cleanup costs at contaminated facilities; and (2) the DOD approach for sharing cleanup costs between the government and other parties.GAO found that: (1) environmental cleanup at DOD government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) plants and th...
Superfund: Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues
T-RCED-94-250: Published: Jun 24, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1994.
GAO discussed Superfund reauthorization and risk prioritization. GAO noted that: (1) the Superfund reauthorization bill clearly makes significant advances over the existing Superfund legislation; (2) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to consider the risks to human health and the environment when prioritizing sites for cleanup; (3) EPA could recover more of its cleanup and oversight c...
Relative Risk in Superfund
RCED-94-233R: Published: Jun 17, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Superfund Program, focusing on whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prioritizes hazardous waste sites by their health risks. GAO noted that: (1) EPA headquarters leaves prioritizing to its regions which have not implemented the worst-sites-first policy; (2) EPA regions base their decisions for including sites on the National Priori...
Federal Facilities: Agencies Slow to Define the Scope and Cost of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups
RCED-94-73: Published: Apr 15, 1994. Publicly Released: May 18, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined the status of federal efforts to identify federal facilities requiring hazardous waste cleanup under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).GAO found that: (1) the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE) and other agencies have mostly completed their efforts to identify hazardous waste sites requi...
International Environment: Improved Procedures Needed for Environmental Assessments of U.S. Actions Abroad
RCED-94-55: Published: Feb 11, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' use of environmental impact assessments to assess the environmental consequences of their overseas activities, focusing on: (1) the requirements for environmental impact assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order 12114; (2) federal agencies' implementation of Executive Order 12114; and (3) t...
Federal Hazardous Waste Facilities
RCED-93-201R: Published: Sep 21, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal facilities that are potentially contaminated with hazardous waste, focusing on whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken actions to meet mandatory assessment deadlines. GAO found that: (1) as of April 1988, only 395 of the 823 federal facilities on the National Priorities List (NPL) had been assessed; (2) as...
Superfund: Cleanups Nearing Completion Indicate Future Challenges
RCED-93-188: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) completed Superfund hazardous waste cleanup actions, focusing on the: (1) type and extent of actions taken at those sites; and (2) challenges EPA will face in managing and monitoring these sites.GAO found that: (1) significant amounts of hazardous wastes have been removed or controlled at 149 EPA Superfun...
Superfund: Backlog of Unevaluated Federal Facilities Slows Cleanup Efforts
RCED-93-119: Published: Jul 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and other federal agencies' progress in assessing and evaluating federal facilities with potential hazardous waste contamination.GAO found that: (1) as of December 1992, EPA had evaluated 500 of the 823 potentially contaminated facilities on the docket; (2) the backlog of unevaluated federal facilities co...