Hazardous substances (91 - 100 of 535 items)
Environmental Liabilities: DOD Training Range Cleanup Cost Estimates Are Likely Understated
GAO-01-479: Published: Apr 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2001.
Because of concerns about the long-term budgetary implications associated with the environmental cleanup of the Department of Defense (DOD) training ranges, GAO examined (1) the potential magnitude of the cost to clean up these ranges in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, (2) the scope and reliability of DOD's training range inventory, and (3) the methodologies used to develop cost e...
EPA's Expenditures to Clean Up the Bunker Hill Superfund Site
GAO-01-431R: Published: Mar 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2001.
In 1995, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Idaho signed an agreement to clean up a mining area known as Bunker Hill. The agreement estimated that the total cost of the cleanup would be $126 million, with the state's share capped at $12.6 million. This correspondence focuses on (1) EPA's actual expenditures for cleanup activities and how these expenditures differ from the e...
Hazardous Waste: Effect of Proposed Rule's Extra Cleanup Requirements Is Uncertain
GAO-01-57: Published: Oct 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2000.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed several amendments to its 1993 Corrective Action Management Unit (CAMU) rule. The CAMU rule currently allows agencies to set aside part of their hazardous waste site to deposit wastes without triggering the requirements of the Recovery Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA's action is in response to a lawsuit alleging that the CAMU rule would...
Superfund: Information Regarding EPA's Cleanup Decision Process on the Hudson River Site
RCED-00-193: Published: Sep 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to clean up the Hudson River, focusing on: (1) the computer models EPA and General Electric (GE) are using in their assessments and related scientific and technical issues; and (2) the processes EPA is using to obtain and respond to scientific and technical comments on its modeling...
Hazardous Waste: EPA Has Removed Some Barriers to Cleanups
RCED-00-224: Published: Aug 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to remove barriers to hazardous waste cleanup, focusing on: (1) cleanups of remediation waste at sites subject to the three Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements; and (2) the management factors that had slowed the pace of cleanups under the corrective action pro...
Hazardous Materials Training: DOT and Private Sector Initiatives Generally Complement Each Other
RCED-00-190: Published: Jul 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Transportation (DOT) and private sector initiatives on hazardous materials training, focusing on: (1) the funding sources and expenditures for the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants program; (2) whether the HMEP program and private sector efforts duplicate each other; and (3) whether the private sector's training...
Chemical Safety Board: Improved Policies and Additional Oversight Are Needed
RCED-00-192: Published: Jul 11, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's management problems, focusing on: (1) the status of the Board's organization and operations; (2) the Board's efforts to update and develop plans, policies, and procedures for accomplishing the Board's mission, including those aimed at ensuring the objectivity of its investigative activities; and...
Nuclear Waste: Observations on DOE's Privatization Initiative for Complex Cleanup Projects
T-RCED-00-215: Published: Jun 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) privatization initiative as it has been applied to DOE's nuclear waste cleanup program, focusing on: (1) what DOE has accomplished by privatizing such projects; and (2) the lessons that can be learned from these efforts.GAO noted that: (1) for the complex cleanup projects GAO reviewed, DOE's privatization initiativ...
Superfund: Extent to Which Most Reforms Have Improved the Program Is Unknown
RCED-00-118: Published: May 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program administrative reforms, focusing on the: (1) reforms' demonstrated results and the performance measures EPA uses to gauge these results; and (2) legislative changes to the program that either EPA or key stakeholders--including, among others, officials representing parties responsible for...
Nuclear Waste: DOE's Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project--Uncertainties May Affect Performance, Schedule, and Price
RCED-00-106: Published: Apr 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project's status and potential uncertainties with regard to: (1) successfully treating mixed waste; (2) meeting the project's deadlines; and (3) minimizing increases in the contract price.GAO noted that: (1) changes in the technical approach have simplified the treatment of most of the...