Waste management (41 - 50 of 167 items)
Superfund: Use of Innovative Technologies for Site Cleanups
T-RCED-96-45: Published: Dec 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Superfund research and development activities, focusing on: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of innovative technologies at Superfund sites; (2) barriers impeding the use of innovative technologies at these sites; and (3) how the Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) program encourages the development and use of innov...
Superfund: Operations and Maintenance Activities Will Require Billions of Dollars
RCED-95-259: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1995.
GAO reviewed operations and maintenance (O&M) activities at former or current National Priorities List (NPL) Superfund sites where remediation construction has been completed, focusing on the: (1) extent to which O&M activities are necessary at Superfund sites; (2) costs to the federal government, states, and responsible parties to perform these activities now and in the future; and (3) Environmen...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-23(4): Published: Oct 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Environmental Protection issue area as of October 2, 1995...
Hazardous Waste: Benefits of EPA's Information System Are Limited
AIMD-95-167: Published: Aug 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (RCRIS) is meeting its primary objectives and its effect on implementation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).GAO found that: (1) RCRIS does not meet its overall goal of helping EPA and the states manage the haz...
Environmental Protection: Interim Actions to Better Control Cement Kiln Dust
RCED-95-192: Published: Aug 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decisionmaking process with respect to regulating cement kiln dust, focusing on: (1) EPA priorities in making its kiln dust determination; (2) whether EPA is authorized to modify hazardous waste management requirements in regulating cement kiln dust; (3) whether EPA believes that cement kilns burning haza...
Hazardous and Nonhazardous Waste: Demographics of People Living Near Waste Facilities
RCED-95-84: Published: Jun 13, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided: (1) demographic information on people living near nonhazardous municipal solid waste landfills; (2) summaries of 10 studies on the demographics of people living near hazardous waste facilities; (3) information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to address environmental justice issues; and (4) information on the extent of the he...
Superfund: Number and Value of Natural Resource Damage Claims
T-RCED-95-246: Published: Jul 11, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1995.
GAO discussed the number and value of natural resource damage claims under the Superfund Program. GAO noted that: (1) 98 natural resource damage settlements had been reached as of April 1995, totalling about $106 million; (2) in comparison, responsible parties had settled Superfund cleanup agreements valued at about $10.2 billion through fiscal year 1994; (3) some outstanding cases may involve sub...
Superfund: EPA's Use of Risk Assessments in Cleanup Decisions
T-RCED-95-231: Published: Jun 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1995.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of human health risk assessments in its cleanup decisions at Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) whether federal and state cleanup standards that set quantitative limits on concentrations of contaminants are based on risk estimates; and (2) the extent to which Superfund risk assessments follow EPA guidance. GAO noted that: (1) EPA cleanup...
Superfund: Information on Operations and Maintenance Activities and Costs
T-RCED-95-201: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Superfund operations and maintenance (O&M) activities and costs, focusing on the: (1) extent to which O&M activities are necessary at National Priority List sites; (2) projected costs of O&M activities; and (3) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) actions to ensure that sites requiring O&M continue to protect human health and the environment. G...
Federal Hazardous Waste Sites: Opportunities for More Cost-Effective Cleanups
T-RCED-95-188: Published: May 18, 1995. Publicly Released: May 18, 1995.
GAO discussed the federal government's efforts to clean up hazardous waste sites, focusing on how to make these efforts more cost-effective. GAO noted that: (1) the federal cleanup effort is over a decade old and has cost over $15 billion; (2) many sites have not yet been identified or assessed and only two high priority sites have been completely cleaned up; (3) although increasing budgetary pres...