Superfund (41 - 50 of 77 items)
High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management
HR-95-12: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management of the Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) EPA use of program funds; (2) the EPA priority setting system; and (3) EPA contract management.GAO found that: (1) EPA has directed more funds to its hazardous waste cleanup efforts; (2) the administration has established a senior level task force to develop a prioritizing method based on...
Superfund: Status, Cost, and Timeliness of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups
RCED-94-256: Published: Sep 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) EPA use of Superfund program funds between 1987 and 1993; (2) the status of cleanup work at each Superfund site; (3) the cleanup work financed by EPA and the responsible parties; and (4) the extent to which judicial review limits have eliminated EPA clean...
Superfund: Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues
T-RCED-94-250: Published: Jun 24, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1994.
GAO discussed Superfund reauthorization and risk prioritization. GAO noted that: (1) the Superfund reauthorization bill clearly makes significant advances over the existing Superfund legislation; (2) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to consider the risks to human health and the environment when prioritizing sites for cleanup; (3) EPA could recover more of its cleanup and oversight c...
Superfund: EPA's Community Relations Efforts Could Be More Effective
RCED-94-156: Published: Apr 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to involve communities in decisionmaking about local Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) the Superfund program's requirements for community relations activities; (2) the extent to which EPA is fulfilling these requirements; and (3) community residents' feelings about the adequacy of EPA efforts.GAO...
Superfund: Further EPA Management Action Is Needed To Reduce Legal Expenses
RCED-94-90: Published: Jan 13, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of Superfund settlement tools, focusing on: (1) how often EPA uses these tools; (2) impediments to their use; and (3) recent EPA actions to increase the use of these tools.GAO found that: (1) EPA has not fully utilized its settlement tools or encouraged the use of the settlement tools by its field off...
Superfund: Risk Assessment Process and Issues
T-RCED-93-74: Published: Sep 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) risk assessment process for Superfund hazardous waste sites, focusing on: (1) human health risks posed by Superfund sites; and (2) the assumptions and calculations used in risk assessments. GAO noted that: (1) EPA Superfund risk assessment is a 3-step process that evaluates exposure and toxicity risks, and estimates potential health risks;...
Superfund: EPA Action Could Have Minimized Program Management Costs
RCED-93-136: Published: Jun 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1993.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO assessed: (1) the extent of and reasons for high Superfund program management costs and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) initiatives to reduce these costs on current Alternative Remedial Contracting Strategy (ARCS) contracts; and (2) EPA plans to control program management costs on new Superfund clean-up contracts.GAO found that: (1) ARCS program...
Superfund: EPA Needs to Better Focus Cleanup Technology Development
T-RCED-93-34: Published: Apr 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to foster development of innovative technologies used for Superfund and hazardous waste cleanup initiatives, focusing on: (1) whether EPA has demonstrated and selected innovative technologies for Superfund site cleanups; (2) barriers and solutions to innovative technology development and use; and (3) the EPA response to previous rec...
Superfund: Progress, Problems, and Reauthorization Issues
T-RCED-93-27: Published: Apr 21, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management and future reauthorization of the Superfund Program. GAO noted that: (1) although the Superfund program has had limited success in cleaning up hazardous waste sites and responding to emergency releases on hazardous substances, EPA needs to address streamlining the cleanup process, controlling program costs, the effectiveness of c...
EPA's Superfund TAG Program: Grants Benefit Citizens But Administrative Barriers Remain
T-RCED-93-1: Published: Nov 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program, which provides communities with grants of up to $50,000 to foster their involvement in decisions about Superfund hazardous waste cleanups. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has awarded 103 grants to communities, but they represent only 9 percent of the approximately 1,150 communities that may be eligible for...