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Environmental Cleanup Costs: NASA Is Making Progress in Identifying Contamination, but More Effort Is Needed
NSIAD-97-98: Published: Jun 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) environmental cleanup costs, focusing on NASA's: (1) determination of the extent of contamination it may be responsible for cleaning up and progress in its cleanup program; (2) cost estimates for accomplishing cleanup; and (3) efforts to determine whether "potentially responsible parties" s...
Environmental Protection: Information Used for Defense Environmental Management
NSIAD-97-135: Published: Jun 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on certain aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental compliance and cleanup activities, focusing on the: (1) extent to which DOD components are meeting requirements to provide data on the cost and status of compliance projects; and (2) relative risk characteristics DOD uses to determine priorities for site cleanup.GAO n...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-97-20(2): Published: Apr 15, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Environmental Protection issue area as of April 15, 1997...
Superfund: EPA Could Further Ensure the Safe Operation of On-Site Incinerators
RCED-97-43: Published: Mar 5, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of incineration at Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) what safeguards EPA uses to promote the safe operation of incinerators at these sites; and (2) whether EPA has fully implemented its planned system of safeguards.GAO noted that: (1) EPA relies upon four main methods to promote the safe operation of...
Environmental Protection: Interim Actions to Better Control Cement Kiln Dust
RCED-95-192: Published: Aug 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decisionmaking process with respect to regulating cement kiln dust, focusing on: (1) EPA priorities in making its kiln dust determination; (2) whether EPA is authorized to modify hazardous waste management requirements in regulating cement kiln dust; (3) whether EPA believes that cement kilns burning haza...
Superfund: The Role of Risk in Setting Priorities
T-RCED-95-161: Published: Apr 5, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1995.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of risk to set priorities for the Superfund Program. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has not fully implemented its policy of addressing the worst contaminated sites first; (2) because of the large backlog of sites waiting to be evaluated, EPA regions have used factors other than risk to determine their cleanup priorities; (3) although risk asse...
Hazardous Waste: Compliance With Groundwater Monitoring Requirements at Land Disposal Facilities
RCED-95-75BR: Published: Feb 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) groundwater monitoring requirements for hazardous waste land disposal facilities, focusing on the number of facilities that: (1) are subject to groundwater monitoring requirements; (2) have monitoring systems in place; (3) have released pollutants into the underlying groundwater; (4) have i...
Environmental Protection: Information on EPA's Underground Injection Control Program
RCED-95-21: Published: Dec 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Underground Injection Control Program, focusing on: (1) EPA efforts to ban underground hazardous waste injections; (2) whether EPA inspection and enforcement data are adequate to ensure proper program oversight; and (3) the status of prior recommendations to improve the program.GAO found that: (1) EPA has...
Water Pollution: EPA Needs to Set Priorities for Water Quality Criteria Issues
RCED-94-117: Published: Jun 17, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1994.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of toxic water pollution, focusing on EPA: (1) progress in issuing water quality criteria; and (2) efforts to broaden the scope of its criteria development.GAO found that: (1) EPA has issued water quality criteria for most of its priority pollutants and it plans to develop other criteria for protecting water ecosystems; (2) most o...
Water Pollution: Poor Quality Assurance and Limited Pollutant Coverage Undermine EPA's Control of Toxic Substances
PEMD-94-9: Published: Feb 17, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the quality of information and activities the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses to control the discharge of toxic pollutants to surface water.GAO found that: (1) 7 EPA activities form the core of EPA efforts to control toxic discharges from point sources into surface waters; (2) 13 types of information are required to analytically support...