Waste management (31 - 40 of 167 items)
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...
Superfund: Trends in Spending for Site Cleanups
RCED-97-211: Published: Sep 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund spending from fiscal year (FY) 1987 through FY 1996 to determine: (1) of total Superfund spending, how much was for contractor cleanup work, in contrast with other activities; (2) of the money spent on contractor cleanup work, how much was spent on the actual cleanups, in contrast with cleanup p...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-97-20(3): Published: Sep 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Environmental Protection issue area as of August 29, 1997...
Superfund: EPA Could Further Ensure the Safe Operation of On-Site Incinerators
RCED-97-43: Published: Mar 5, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of incineration at Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) what safeguards EPA uses to promote the safe operation of incinerators at these sites; and (2) whether EPA has fully implemented its planned system of safeguards.GAO noted that: (1) EPA relies upon four main methods to promote the safe operation of...
Federal Facilities: EPA's Penalties for Hazardous Waste Violations
RCED-97-42: Published: Feb 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the penalties assessed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against other federal agencies for hazardous waste violations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, focusing on the: (1) number and dollar amount of EPA-assessed pe...
High-Risk Series: Superfund Program Management
HR-97-14: Published: Feb 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1997.
GAO reviewed the progress made in correcting weaknesses in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management of the Superfund program, focusing on EPA's: (1) limited recovery of Superfund cleanup costs from responsible parties; and (2) inadequate controls over contractors' costs.GAO found that: (1) the magnitude of the hazardous waste problem calls for the efficient use of available funds to...
Federal Facilities: Consistent Relative Risk Evaluations Needed for Prioritizing Cleanups
RCED-96-150: Published: Jun 7, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how priorities are being set for hazardous waste cleanups, focusing on: (1) whether the Superfund program is identifying the highest-priority cleanup sites; and (2) the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of the Interior approaches for ranking risks and prioritizing sites for cleanup.GAO found that: (1) the S...
Environmental Protection Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-97
IAP-96-24: Published: Jun 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1996.
GAO provided information on its Environmental Protection issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 through 1997.GAO plans to: (1) evaluate the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management and budget to help ensure that available resources are used efficiently and effectively; (2) assess the government's management of hazardous waste site cleanups; (3) review the implementation and cost-effective...
Superfund: Implications of Key Reauthorization Issues
T-RCED-96-145: Published: May 3, 1996. Publicly Released: May 3, 1996.
GAO discussed how the proposed Accelerated Cleanup and Environmental Restoration Act would affect the Superfund Program's reauthorization. GAO noted that the legislation would: (1) require that cleanups comply only with standards that pertain to hazardous waste cleanups, rather than with water quality standards; (2) allow states to define their own standards and permit the Environmental Protection...