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Livestock Agriculture: Increased EPA Oversight Will Improve Environmental Program for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
GAO-03-285: Published: Jan 16, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2003.
Congress is concerned that waste from animal feeding operations continues to threaten water quality. In light of this concern, GAO was asked to review the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) administration of its regulatory program for animal feeding operations and to determine the potential challenges states and EPA may face when they begin to implement the revisions to this program. GAO surv...
Hazardous Waste: EPA's National and Regional Ombudsmen Do Not Have Sufficient Independence
GAO-01-813: Published: Jul 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2001.
Through the impartial and independent investigation of citizens' complaints, federal ombudsmen provide the public with an informal and accessible avenue of redress. Ombudsmen help federal agencies be more responsive to persons who believe that their concerns have not been dealt with fully or fairly through normal problem-solving channels. A national hazardous waste ombudsman was established at the...
EPA: Revisions to the Water Quality Planning and Management Regulation and Revisions to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program
OGC-00-45: Published: Jul 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on water quality planning and management regulation. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule revises and clarifies EPA's regulatory requirements for establishing total maximum daily loads and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System under the Clean Water Act; and (2) EPA complied with app...
Environmental Protection Agency: Comparing Annual Budgets for Science and Technology
T-RCED-00-132: Published: Mar 23, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget justification for the Science and Technology account; and (2) presented observations on EPA's budget justifications for fiscal years (FY) 1999, 2000, and 2001.GAO noted that: (1) for the FY 1999 budget justification, the requested amounts could not be easily compared with amounts requested or...
Superfund: EPA Can Improve Its Monitoring of Superfund Expenditures
RCED-99-139: Published: May 11, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program expenditures, focusing on: (1) the relative shares of Superfund expenditures for contractor cleanup work, site-specific support, and non-site-specific support; (2) the activities carried out with the EPA's cleanup support spending, particularly its non-site-specific spendi...
Superfund: Progress, Problems, and Future Outlook
T-RCED-99-128: Published: Mar 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the status and management of the Superfund program and the outlook for the program's future, focusing on: (1) progress made toward cleaning up sites in the program; (2) continuing management problems; and (3) factors affecting Superfund's future workload.GAO noted that: (1) in the past GAO has called attention to the slow pace of cleanups in the S...
Superfund: Chronology of Efforts to Resolve Liability for the American Chemical Services, Inc., Site
RCED-98-270R: Published: Sep 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the American Chemical Services (ACS), Inc., Superfund site in Griffith, Indiana, focusing on: (1) developing a chronology of its hazardous waste cleanup process; and (2) highlighting the liability decision points throughout the process.GAO noted that: (1) the process of determining liability at the ACS site has involved more than 1,0...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-98-20(3): Published: Aug 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Environmental Protection issue area as of August 17, 1998...
EPA: Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls
OGC-98-61: Published: Jul 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on the disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would amend EPA's regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act which addresses the manufacture, processing, distribution in commerce, use, cleanup, storage, and disposal of PCBs; (2) the rule, among ot...
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...