Waste management (81 - 90 of 95 items)
Hazardous Waste: Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Disposal at Kettleman Hills, California
RCED-86-50: Published: Dec 26, 1985. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether federal agencies disposed of hazardous wastes at a firm's facility in Kettleman Hills, California after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited the facility for significant violations of environmental regulations.GAO noted that: (1) EPA banned its own use of the Kettleman Hills facility for hazardous waste disposal because of the si...
Cleaning Up Hazardous Wastes: An Overview of Superfund Reauthorization Issues
RCED-85-69: Published: Mar 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1985.
GAO reported on Superfund issues, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.GAO found that the cost and scope of the hazardous waste problem, the degree of health risks involved, and the cost of correcting these problems are unknown. Under the act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no mandate to set nationwide cleanup standards or oversee state...
State Experiences With Taxes on Generators or Disposers of Hazardous Waste
RCED-84-146: Published: May 4, 1984. Publicly Released: May 11, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO obtained information on taxation of generators and disposers of hazardous wastes. Taxes of this type are known as waste-end taxes. GAO examined the operation of waste-end taxes in three states in an attempt to determine: (1) whether states have achieved their objectives in establishing waste-end taxes; (2) states' concerns about a proposed federal waste-end...
Land Use Bibliography
RCED-84-153: Published: May 1, 1984. Publicly Released: May 1, 1984.
This bibliography includes information on GAO documents directly and indirectly related to land use planning, management, and control which were released between January 1979 and December 1983...
Status of the General Accounting Office Reviews Concerning EPA's Superfund Activities
123544: Mar 1, 1984
Testimony was given concerning GAO reviews of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program which focused on: (1) state experiences with waste-end taxes and some of the implementation problems that might be encountered if there were a similar federal tax; (2) the EPA estimate of the cost to clean up the nation's worst hazardous waste sites; (3) the success of the Superfund removal...
EPA's Progress in Implementing the Superfund Program
118880: Jul 9, 1982
The Superfund legislation provides for a $1.6 billion fund to be accumulated from taxes on petroleum and certain chemicals and federal appropriations over the fiscal year 1981-85 period. The fund is to be used by the federal and state governments to clean up spilled toxic wastes and hazardous waste sites where the responsible party does not take appropriate action. Subsequently, efforts may be mad...
Environmental Protection Agency's Progress in Implementing the Superfund Program
CED-82-91: Published: Jun 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1982.
GAO was requested to review the Superfund program to identify issues or problems concerning: (1) the selection of candidate sites for Superfund attention; (2) the extent and cost effectiveness of removal, remedy, and other measures at candidate sites; and (3) the ability of state governments to carry out their Superfund responsibilities.The Superfund legislation provides for a $1.6 billion fund to...
Hazardous Waste Facilities With Interim Status May Be Endangering Public Health and the Environment
CED-81-158: Published: Sep 28, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1981.
When the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act was enacted, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was directed to develop regulations governing hazardous waste facilities. After much delay, EPA finally issued interim status requirements outlining minimum national requirements. GAO was requested to determine: (1) the extent to which facilities with interim status meet the EPA requirements; (2)...
Hazardous Waste Disposal Methods: Major Problems With Their Use
CED-81-21: Published: Nov 19, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1980.
GAO was asked to study alternative methods of disposal and cleanup of hazardous wastes. Specifically, the study looked into the: (1) environmental and cost effectiveness of hazardous waste disposal on the land, deep well injection, and high temperature incineration and the need for additional research and development in these areas; (2) establishment of facilities on a regional or areawide basis a...
Survey of Reported Chemical and Biological Contamination at the Fort Greely Gerstle River Test Center
LCD-80-25: Published: Nov 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1979.
Biological and chemical warfare testing occurred at the Fort Greely Gerstle River Test Center in Alaska until the late 1960's. Some of the agents tested included nerve agents, mustard gas, and biological substances. The land was declared to be excess in 1972 and scheduled for return to the public domain as soon as it could be certified as free of contamination. This proved to be impossible, howeve...