state relations (41 - 50 of 143 items)
Environmental Protection: EPA's and States' Efforts to Focus State Enforcement Programs on Results
T-RCED-98-233: Published: Jun 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1998.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and states' efforts to focus state environmental enforcement programs on results, focusing on: (1) what alternative compliance strategies states are practicing; (2) whether and how states are measuring the effectiveness of these strategies; and (3) how EPA has responded to these states' efforts.GAO noted that: (1) approaches used by 10 stat...
Environmental Protection: Key Management Issues Facing EPA
RCED-98-153R: Published: Apr 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on key management issues currently facing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).GAO noted that: (1) if EPA is to carry out its responsibilities effectively, it needs to improve its performance in establishing priorities that better reflect the risks to human health and the environment and that compare risks and risk-reduction strate...
Hazardous Waste: Progress Under the Corrective Action Program Is Limited, but New Initiatives May Accelerate Cleanups
RCED-98-3: Published: Oct 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program, focusing on: (1) the progress made in cleaning up facilities under the program; (2) factors affecting progress; and (3) any initiatives that EPA, the states, and industry have taken to accomplish cleanups.GAO noted that: (1) only about 8 pe...
Environmental Protection: EPA's and States' Efforts to 'Reinvent' Environmental Regulation
T-RCED-98-33: Published: Nov 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1997.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the states' roles in promoting and implementing innovative methods of environmental regulation, focusing on: (1) a draft agreement between EPA and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) on environmental regulation; and (2) the findings of a GAO report on EPA's and the states' efforts to reinvent environmental regulation.GAO note...
Hazardous Waste: Remediation Waste Requirements Can Increase the Time and Cost of Cleanups
RCED-98-4: Published: Oct 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the ways, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and selected state program managers and industry representatives, that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) requirements, when applied to waste from cleanups (often referred to as remediation waste), affect cleanups; and (2) the actions EPA has taken...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-97-20(3): Published: Sep 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Environmental Protection issue area as of August 29, 1997...
Superfund: Stronger EPA-State Relationship Can Improve Cleanups and Reduce Costs
RCED-97-77: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: May 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the lessons learned from five states that have had significant experience in leading Superfund cleanups; and (2) how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help to ensure that interested states are successful in their efforts to take on increased Superfund responsibilities.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of GAO's review...
Superfund: State Voluntary Programs Provide Incentives to Encourage Cleanups
RCED-97-66: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: May 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the voluntary cleanup programs that states have created to facilitate privately initiated cleanups, focusing on: (1) the voluntary cleanup programs' accomplishments; (2) these programs' organization, funding, and major characteristics; and (3) the effects of federal hazardous waste policies on voluntary cleanups and the types of federal assistance...
Chemical Accident Safety: EPA's Responsibilities for Preparedness, Response, and Prevention
PEMD-96-3: Published: Jun 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) role in implementing a national chemical accident safety policy, focusing on: (1) trends in chemical accident occurrence and impact; (2) EPA chemical accident preparedness activities; (3) the effectiveness of EPA response to chemical accidents; and (4) EPA actions to help prevent chemical accidents.GAO found that: (1) although chemical accid...
Superfund: Implications of Key Reauthorization Issues
T-RCED-96-145: Published: May 3, 1996. Publicly Released: May 3, 1996.
GAO discussed how the proposed Accelerated Cleanup and Environmental Restoration Act would affect the Superfund Program's reauthorization. GAO noted that the legislation would: (1) require that cleanups comply only with standards that pertain to hazardous waste cleanups, rather than with water quality standards; (2) allow states to define their own standards and permit the Environmental Protection...