Waste management (41 - 50 of 95 items)
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...
Superfund: EPA Action Could Have Minimized Program Management Costs
T-RCED-93-50: Published: Jun 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1993.
GAO discussed program management costs associated with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) hazardous waste cleanup contracts under Superfund. GAO noted that: (1) lack of EPA action has contributed to excessive Alternative Remedial Contracting Strategy (ARCS) program management costs; (2) program management costs have been greater than anticipated, since the expected cleanup work load never...
Federal Facilities: Issues Involved in Cleaning Up Hazardous Waste
T-RCED-92-82: Published: Jul 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1992.
GAO discussed federal efforts to clean up hazardous waste at government sites. GAO noted that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evaluated less than 40 percent of the 1,599 Superfund cleanup sites because of inadequate assessments, EPA unpreparedness, lack of guidance, difficulties in negotiations over interagency agreements, technical and funding disagreements, and a burdensome re...
Superfund: Actions Needed to Correct Long-Standing Contract Management Problems
T-RCED-92-78: Published: Jul 8, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to correct long-standing contract management problems in the Superfund program. GAO noted that: (1) EPA failed to examine contractor budgets, bills, and document price negotiations; (2) in the absence of adequate cost controls and effective contractor oversight, Superfund money can be wasted; (3) EPA has not identified the need for...
DOD Environmental Cleanup: Information on Contractor Cleanup Costs and DOD Reimbursements
NSIAD-92-253FS: Published: Jun 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on environmental clean-up costs associated with military goods production and the Department of Defense's (DOD) reimbursements of clean-up costs to defense contractors.GAO found that: (1) while substantial data may be available, DOD does not collect information on past and future environmental clean-up costs; (2) 10 DOD contractors incu...
Solid Waste: Progress in Implementing the Federal Program to Buy Products Containing Recovered Materials
T-RCED-92-42: Published: Apr 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1992.
GAO discuss the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program, focusing on: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in developing procurement guidelines for products containing recovered materials; (2) overall federal progress in implementing the procurement program; and (3) the Department of Commerce's role in encouraging the commercialization of resource recovery technol...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Improving DOE's Management of the Environmental Cleanup
T-RCED-92-43: Published: Mar 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1992.
GAO discussed the overall management systems that the Department of Energy (DOE) will need to oversee the cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has put considerable effort into developing management systems to set priorities, estimate project costs, and track clean-up progress, but further efforts will be needed to provide management systems that ensure that clea...
Waste Minimization: Major Problems of Data Reliability and Validity Identified
PEMD-92-16: Published: Mar 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the quality of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data used to determine the need for mandatory waste minimization requirements, focusing on: (1) the degree and causes of measurement error in the EPA National Survey of Hazardous Waste Generators; (2) how to reduce or eliminate those errors; and (3) how to minimize future problems.GAO found...