Hazardous wastes (51 - 60 of 155 items)
Superfund: Legal Expenses for Cleanup-Related Activities of Major U.S. Corporations
RCED-95-46: Published: Dec 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) responsible parties' cleanup and legal costs at Superfund sites; and (2) the factors that have increased or decreased their legal costs.GAO found that: (1) about one-half of the firms responding to the GAO survey spent a median of $1.5 million in cleanup and legal costs...
Environmental Protection: Information on EPA's Underground Injection Control Program
RCED-95-21: Published: Dec 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Underground Injection Control Program, focusing on: (1) EPA efforts to ban underground hazardous waste injections; (2) whether EPA inspection and enforcement data are adequate to ensure proper program oversight; and (3) the status of prior recommendations to improve the program.GAO found that: (1) EPA has...
Environmental Cleanup: Supplemental Case Studies of High Priority DOD Installations
NSIAD-95-8: Published: Nov 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1994.
GAO provided cases studies on six Department of Defense (DOD) installations' environmental cleanup efforts in this supplement to an earlier report, GAO/NSIAD-94-133, and addressing the: (1) status of the restoration program; (2) cost of cleanup to date; (3) cleanup options considered; (4) option selected; (5) expected completion; and (6) applicable standards.GAO found that: (1) DOD's environmental...
Hazardous Waste: Issues Pertaining to an Incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio
RCED-94-101: Published: Sep 9, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) issues concerning the operational control and ownership of a hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio; (2) whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio have complied with regulations for approving and modifying incinerator permits; and (3) EPA ability to ensure that human health and the environment are protected during...
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...
Federal Facilities: Agencies Slow to Define the Scope and Cost of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups
RCED-94-73: Published: Apr 15, 1994. Publicly Released: May 18, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined the status of federal efforts to identify federal facilities requiring hazardous waste cleanup under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).GAO found that: (1) the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE) and other agencies have mostly completed their efforts to identify hazardous waste sites requi...
Superfund: Techniques to Reduce Legal Expenses Have Not Been Used Often
T-RCED-94-44: Published: Nov 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program, focusing on methods to reduce the costs of resolving liability for hazardous waste site cleanups. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has used settlement tools at only 12 percent of the nonfederal Superfund sites; (2) EPA has not promoted the use of settlement tools at regional offices, since restrictive administrative procedures mak...
Superfund: Cleanups Nearing Completion, Future Challenges, and Possible Cleanup Approaches
T-RCED-93-69: Published: Sep 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in cleaning up hazardous waste sites, focusing on: (1) future site clean-up challenges; and (2) possible clean-up approaches. GAO noted that: (1) EPA and responsible parties have removed significant amounts of hazardous waste from 149 sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) or reported as construction-complete; (2) EPA could be...
Hazardous Waste Exports: Data Quality and Collection Problems Weaken EPA Enforcement Activities
PEMD-93-24: Published: Jul 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) hazardous waste export data to determine whether: (1) the effectiveness of the EPA hazardous waste export regulatory program is directly dependent upon the quality of the data; and (2) data problems jeopardize the EPA program or foreign importers' decisions to import U.S. hazardous wastes.GAO found that:...
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...