Waste management (81 - 90 of 167 items)
Hazardous Waste: Impediments Have Delayed the Closing and Cleanup of Land Disposal Facilities
T-RCED-92-64: Published: May 28, 1992. Publicly Released: May 28, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA): (1) progress in closing and issuing post-closure permits to hazardous waste disposal facilities; (2) inspection and enforcement efforts for ensuring compliance with closure and post-closure requirements; and (3) impediments delaying closure and issuance of permits. GAO noted that: (1) since fiscal year (FY) 1987, EPA has made little progre...
Waste Minimization: Major Problems of Data Reliability and Validity Identified
PEMD-92-16: Published: Mar 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the quality of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data used to determine the need for mandatory waste minimization requirements, focusing on: (1) the degree and causes of measurement error in the EPA National Survey of Hazardous Waste Generators; (2) how to reduce or eliminate those errors; and (3) how to minimize future problems.GAO found...
Hazardous Waste: Management of Maquiladoras' Waste Hampered by Lack of Information
RCED-92-102: Published: Feb 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared U.S. and Mexican hazardous waste laws and regulations, resources, and enforcement practices, to determine how the generation and disposal of hazardous wastes from maquiladoras, companies that use materials imported into Mexico to produce finished goods for export, is being managed.GAO found that: (1) although U.S. and Mexican laws and regulations p...
Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Minimize Cleanup Delays at the Clark Fork Sites
RCED-92-20: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the progress and problems of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites in Montana, focusing on the: (1) extent and cost of cleanup work; (2) adequacy of cleanup plans; and (3) effectiveness of EPA efforts to recover cleanup costs.GAO found that: (1) only 2 of the 4 sites' 23 operable units have been clean...
Hazardous Waste: DOD Estimates for Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites Improved but Still Constrained
NSIAD-92-37: Published: Oct 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) cost estimates to identify and contain or clean up hazardous waste sites, focusing on: (1) why DOD has had difficulty developing reliable estimates; and (2) DOD efforts to produce better estimates.GAO found that: (1) factors that affect DOD ability to develop reliable estimates of how much it will cost to clean up...
Hazardous Waste: U.S. and Mexican Management of Hazardous Waste From Maquiladoras Hampered by Lack of Information
T-RCED-92-22: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1991.
GAO discussed the United States' and Mexico's efforts to manage hazardous wastes produced by foreign companies located in Mexico, known as maquiladoras. GAO noted that: (1) maquiladoras are required to ship hazardous wastes to the countries from which they obtain their source material, but waste can remain in Mexico if it can be recycled and reused in accordance with Mexican law; (2) Mexico's Secr...
Water Pollution: Coordinated Strategy Needed to Address Radioactive and Toxic Wastes in the Massachusetts Bay
T-RCED-92-17: Published: Nov 4, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1991.
GAO discussed the: (1) scope of past dumping activities in the Massachusetts Bay; and (2) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to reassess this issue. GAO noted that: (1) although a 1984 EPA study concluded that radioactive waste dumping occurred primarily in one area of the bay and that those wastes presented no public health risk, environmental groups contended that EPA did not fully ex...
Superfund: Issues That Need To Be Addressed Before the Program's Next Reauthorization
T-RCED-92-15: Published: Oct 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) the pace of site cleanups; (2) how Superfund costs can be better controlled; (3) whether completed cleanups will successfully protect human health and the environment; and (4) the risks of Superfund sites to human health and the environment. GAO noted that: (1) after 11 years, EPA has finished cleanups at...
Hazardous Waste: Incinerator Operating Regulations and Related Air Emission Standards
RCED-92-21: Published: Oct 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) differences between hazardous waste incinerators that have received permits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 and those that are allowed to operate for some limited period of time without a permit; and (2) emissions standards in effect for incinerators during and after a particular hazardous was...
National Park Service: Selected Visitor and Cost Data
RCED-91-247FS: Published: Sep 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Park Service's (NPS) operations, focusing on: (1) visitor accidents and fatalities data and criminal offenses reported at the parks; (2) the NPS hazardous waste program; and (3) parks established since 1970 that have, or are projected to have, land acquisition and construction appropriations exceeding $40 million.GAO fou...