Superfund (61 - 70 of 77 items)
Superfund: More Settlement Authority and EPA Controls Could Increase Cost Recovery
RCED-91-144: Published: Jul 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund settlement process, focusing on: (1) EPA success in obtaining cleanups of hazardous waste sites and recovering Superfund administration costs; (2) the adequacy of EPA controls over its settlement process; and (3) additional opportunities for EPA to improve its recovery of Superfund costs.GAO fou...
Nuclear Waste: Problems and Delays With Characterizing Hanford's Single-Shell Tank Waste
RCED-91-118: Published: Apr 23, 1991. Publicly Released: May 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to characterize single-shell tank wastes at its Hanford, Washington site, focusing on impediments such as: (1) technological limitations; and (2) safety considerations.GAO found that: (1) due to the number of unresolved issues, DOE was unlikely to complete the first-phase characterization of the sing...
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 (...
Superfund: Contractors Are Being Too Liberally Indemnified by the Government
RCED-89-160: Published: Sep 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) Section 119 program for indemnifying Superfund program contractors and subcontractors against liabilities caused by negligence, focusing on: (1) the use of and need for indemnification agreements; (2) claims against those agreements; (3) the pr...
Making Superfund Work Better: A Challenge for the New Administration
T-RCED-89-48: Published: Jun 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1989.
GAO discussed its work on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program and reviewed the EPA Superfund management report. In previous reports, GAO had found EPA difficulty in: (1) controlling contracting costs; (2) maintaining a stable and competent work force; (3) compelling violators to pay cleanup costs; and (4) defining and meeting its short- and long-term goals. GAO found that...
Sound Contract Management Needed at the Environmental Protection Agency
T-RCED-89-8: Published: Feb 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1989.
GAO discussed its review of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) contracting activities. GAO noted that EPA: (1) heavily relied on contractor support to accomplish its mission, with contract obligations exceeding $1 billion, about one-third of its total budget; (2) spent the most contract dollars on its Superfund program, with estimated obligations at $655 million; (3) increased its contrac...
The Environmental Protection Agency's Use of Consultants
T-GGD-89-5: Published: Feb 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1989.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of consulting services contracts to accomplish its mission. GAO noted that EPA: (1) heavily depended on contractors, with contracts accounting for about one-third of its total fiscal year (FY) 1989 budget estimates; (2) used more consulting services contracts for its Superfund program than for any other program; (3) reported using $2.4...
Superfund: Missed Statutory Deadlines Slow Progress in Environmental Programs
RCED-89-27: Published: Nov 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed compliance with deadlines in the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), specifically to: (1) catalog the SARA deadlines from the date of enactment through December 31, 1991; and (2) determine compliance with deadlines through March 31, 1989.GAO found that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for 78 of...
Superfund: Interim Assessment of EPA's Enforcement Program
RCED-89-40BR: Published: Oct 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program to determine whether EPA: (1) used its enforcement tools effectively to clean up hazardous waste sites; (2) could do a better job of recovering cleanup costs from potentially responsible parties; and (3) had the necessary framework to plan, manage, and oversee the program.GAO found th...
Superfund Contracts: EPA Needs to Control Contractor Costs
RCED-88-182: Published: Jul 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed contractor performance at 43 hazardous waste sites to determine if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had established adequate controls to ensure high-quality, cost-effective, and timely work under its Superfund remedial study contracts.GAO found that EPA: (1) lacked adequate information to evaluate contractors' work plans and proposed costs...