Health hazards (51 - 60 of 69 items)
Hazardous Waste: Management Problems Continue at Overseas Military Bases
NSIAD-91-231: Published: Aug 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed hazardous waste management at the Department of Defense's (DOD) overseas installations, focusing on whether DOD bases overseas were protecting humans and the environment.GAO found that: (1) due to unclear and outdated DOD policy and service regulations, it was difficult to determine the extent to which overseas bases should comply with U.S. laws wh...
Pesticides: EPA and State Efforts to Ensure Safe Use of Lawn Care Pesticides
T-RCED-91-50: Published: May 9, 1991. Publicly Released: May 9, 1991.
GAO discussed the: (1) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in reassessing the health risks of widely used lawn-care pesticides; and (2) notification policy the lawn-care industry extends to its customers and others regarding the commercial application of pesticides to residential lawns. GAO noted that: (1) approximately half the states required companies to provide some form of notifi...
Agriculture: USDA Needs to Better Focus Its Water Quality Responsibilities
RCED-90-162: Published: Jul 23, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management and coordination of water quality activities.GAO found that: (1) USDA developed a water quality initiative for fiscal year 1990 to expand its ongoing water quality programs and establish new programs; (2) 10 USDA agencies are involved in water quality activities and plan to spend $155 million this y...
Hazardous Waste: Funding of Postclosure Liabilities Remains Uncertain
RCED-90-64: Published: Jun 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1990.
In response to a congressional request, GAO studied options for managing liabilities associated with hazardous waste disposal facilities after closure.GAO found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): (1) requires facilities obtaining operating permits to design and construct disposal units with waste migration prevention measures; (2) officials have identified activities, such as extended...
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...
Air Pollution: EPA's Ozone Policy Is a Positive Step but Needs More Legal Authority
RCED-89-28: Published: Nov 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the legality of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed ozone policy, focusing on: (1) legal and other problems EPA might encounter in implementing the policy; and (2) whether the policy would correct problems associated with past ozone programs.GAO found that, under the proposed policy, EPA would: (1) extend from 3 to 5 years the d...
Hazardous Waste: New Approach Needed to Manage the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
RCED-88-115: Published: Jul 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1988.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in implementing Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provisions to determine whether EPA was: (1) identifying and regulating hazardous wastes; (2) ensuring RCRA facilities' compliance with regulatory controls; and (3) encouraging waste minimization.GAO found that: (1) EPA made limited progress in identifying and regulating...
Hazardous Waste: Future Availability of and Need for Treatment Capacity Are Uncertain
RCED-88-95: Published: Apr 11, 1988. Publicly Released: May 12, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the barriers facing the development of treatment facilities as alternatives to land disposal of hazardous wastes.GAO found that: (1) companies were reluctant to build treatment facilities because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not established treatment standards; (2) perceived local community opposition to hazardous...
Management of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program and EPA's Proposals To Control Vehicle Refueling and Evaporative Emissions
T-RCED-88-2: Published: Oct 2, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1987.
GAO discussed the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program's (NAPAP) research into acid rain and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed action to reduce gasoline vapors from motor vehicles. GAO found that: (1) although the first NAPAP assessment's purpose was to summarize current knowledge about acid rain, it generated considerable controversy; and (2) management changes and st...
Air Pollution: EPA's Efforts To Control Vehicle Refueling and Evaporative Emissions
RCED-87-151: Published: Aug 7, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposals to adequately control motor vehicle refuelling and evaporative emissions, including the costs and benefits of alternative methods.GAO found that: (1) EPA considered two alternatives for controlling refuelling emissions and determined that the onboard control method was superior; (2) the onboa...