Waste management (51 - 60 of 95 items)
Hazardous Waste: Management of Maquiladoras' Waste Hampered by Lack of Information
RCED-92-102: Published: Feb 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared U.S. and Mexican hazardous waste laws and regulations, resources, and enforcement practices, to determine how the generation and disposal of hazardous wastes from maquiladoras, companies that use materials imported into Mexico to produce finished goods for export, is being managed.GAO found that: (1) although U.S. and Mexican laws and regulations p...
Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Minimize Cleanup Delays at the Clark Fork Sites
RCED-92-20: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the progress and problems of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites in Montana, focusing on the: (1) extent and cost of cleanup work; (2) adequacy of cleanup plans; and (3) effectiveness of EPA efforts to recover cleanup costs.GAO found that: (1) only 2 of the 4 sites' 23 operable units have been clean...
Hazardous Waste: U.S. and Mexican Management of Hazardous Waste From Maquiladoras Hampered by Lack of Information
T-RCED-92-22: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1991.
GAO discussed the United States' and Mexico's efforts to manage hazardous wastes produced by foreign companies located in Mexico, known as maquiladoras. GAO noted that: (1) maquiladoras are required to ship hazardous wastes to the countries from which they obtain their source material, but waste can remain in Mexico if it can be recycled and reused in accordance with Mexican law; (2) Mexico's Secr...
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on whether DOD bases overseas were protecting humans and the environment.GAO found that: (1) due to unclear and outdated DOD policy and service regulations, it was difficult to determine the extent to which overseas bases should comply with U.S. laws wh...
Stronger Efforts Needed by EPA to Control Toxic Water Pollution
T-RCED-91-81: Published: Jul 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and states' efforts to implement the Clean Water Act requirements for controlling toxic pollution of the nation's surface water. GAO noted that: (1) EPA and states did not identify many of the nation's impaired waters since most states monitored only a minority of their waters; (2) many of the strategies developed to address the relatively...
Hazardous Waste: Data Management Problems Delay EPA's Assessment of Minimization Efforts
RCED-91-131: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to develop baseline and trend data to measure its progress in minimizing hazardous waste generation.GAO found that: (1) EPA underestimated the complexity of developing baseline minimization data; (2) staffing and funding constraints and competing priorities limited EPA efforts to obtain minimizati...
Managing the Environmental Cleanup of DOE's Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-91-27: Published: Apr 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that: (1) DOE reorganized its headquarters regional activities to ensure better management focus on the cleanup effort; (2) DOE restructured its award-fee program to better ensure that its contractors appropriately emphasized environment, safety, and health issues; (3) there were problems and...
Potential Liability of Property/Casualty Insurers for Costs of Cleaning Up Hazardous Waste Sites
T-RCED-90-109: Published: Sep 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1990.
GAO discussed the property and casualty insurance industry's potential liability for costs to clean up the nation's hazardous waste sites, especially Superfund sites. GAO noted that: (1) there are about 1,200 sites on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List for Superfund cleanup; (2) parties responsible for contaminating the sites were primarily liable for cleanup, and Super...
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 $...
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 (...