Waste disposal (71 - 80 of 113 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on whether DOD bases overseas were protecting humans and the environment.GAO found that: (1) due to unclear and outdated DOD policy and service regulations, it was difficult to determine the extent to which overseas bases should comply with U.S. laws wh...
Hazardous Waste: Limited Progress in Closing and Cleaning Up Contaminated Facilities
RCED-91-79: Published: May 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in completing closures and issuing post-closure permits at hazardous waste disposal facilities.GAO found that: (1) nearly half of the facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste have decided to close their operations because they are unable or unwilling to meet federal hazardous w...
Environmental Protection: Bibliography of GAO Documents, August 1988-April 1990
RCED-90-228: Published: Sep 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1990.
GAO provided a bibliography of its documents relating to the environment that were issued between August 1988 and April 1990.GAO included references to reports, speeches, testimonies, and other documents, representing the broad interrelationship between environmental protection and such other issues as health, energy, transportation, agriculture, and natural resources...
Coast Guard: Additional Efforts Needed to Clean Up Hazardous Waste Sites
RCED-90-164: Published: Jul 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Coast Guard's progress in carrying out its statutory environmental responsibilities.GAO found that: (1) since 1987, the Coast Guard has identified many additional potential hazardous waste locations; (2) the Coast Guard estimated that of the 20 locations requiring cleanup, relatively minor action at 16 locations will cost about $...
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...
Superfund: A More Vigorous and Better Managed Enforcement Program Is Needed
RCED-90-22: Published: Dec 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement of the Superfund program, focusing on: (1) its process for identifying liable and financially viable parties to hold responsible for cleaning up Superfund sites; (2) enforcement tools, including negotiations, unilateral administrative orders, and mixed funding and de minimis settlements; and (...
Wastepaper Recycling: Programs of Civil Agencies Waned During the 1980s
GGD-90-3: Published: Dec 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined various aspects of federal agencies' wastepaper recycling activities, focusing on: (1) the extent to which agencies implemented a legislative mandate to encourage wastepaper recovery and establish recycling programs; (2) the causes of agencies' shortcomings in implementing those responsibilities; and (3) obstacles to expanding federal recycling eff...
GAO's Views on DOE's Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Five-Year Plan
T-RCED-90-16: Published: Nov 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1989.
GAO discussed a Department of Energy (DOE) environmental restoration and waste management plan. GAO noted that: (1) DOE proposed a 5-year plan to address problems regarding radioactive waste tank leakage, groundwater contamination, inactive waste sites, environmental law compliance, and DOE management oversight; (2) DOE estimated that its cleanup plan would cost about $19.1 billion from 1991 throu...
The Coast Guard's Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites
T-RCED-90-6: Published: Nov 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1989.
GAO discussed the U.S. Coast Guard's actions to carry out its responsibilities under environmental laws, focusing on its efforts to identify and clean up its hazardous waste locations. GAO noted that: (1) the Coast Guard believes that it has identified all of its hazardous waste locations and has cleaned up 12 of the 26 locations it identified, but 3 remaining major cleanup efforts will take up to...
Groundwater Conditions at Many Hazardous Waste Disposal Facilities Remain Uncertain
T-RCED-89-30: Published: Apr 27, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1989.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) groundwater monitoring activities. GAO found weaknesses in the EPA program, including EPA failure to: (1) ensure that facilities met its established groundwater monitoring goals; (2) establish criteria for the type, amount, and quality of data needed for permit and groundwater program decisions; (3) establish sufficient technical standards...