Environmental policies (61 - 70 of 83 items)
Federal Land Management: Limited Action Taken To Reclaim Hardrock Mine Sites
RCED-88-21: Published: Oct 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO revisited 30 unreclaimed mine sites that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) believed to be abandoned without reclamation, to assess the status of reclamation efforts at the sites.GAO found that: (1) 6 of the 30 sites have been completely reclaimed, and 4 have been partially reclaimed; (2) mining resumed on 5 of the sites, delaying the necessity for recl...
Hazardous Waste: Uncertainties of Existing Data
PEMD-87-11BR: Published: Feb 18, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO addressed the issue of whether future treatment, storage, and disposal capacities will be quantitatively adequate to manage the volume of hazardous wastes being generated.GAO found that, after reviewing approximately 90 studies and documents, there were significant data gaps, methodological problems, and other issues that precluded it from: (1) relying u...
Mineral Resources: Interior Has Improved Its Administration of Coal Exchanges
RCED-87-53: Published: Feb 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of the Interior's procedures for administering the trade or exchange of federal coal lands, interest, or leases for privately owned property to determine whether they ensure the: (1) exchange of coal of equal value only; (2) protection of environmental values; (3) protection of the public interest; and (4) prevention of potential...
Surface Mining: State Management of Abandoned Mine Land Funds
RCED-87-57: Published: Feb 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated how effectively states manage their abandoned mine reclamation funds, specifically whether they: (1) have adequate financial controls to ensure the proper use of reclamation funds; (2) are reclaiming eligible sites in proper priority sequence; (3) are managing projects in accordance with federal procurement, monitoring, and reporting standards;...
Parks and Recreation: Limited Progress Made in Documenting and Mitigating Threats to the Parks
RCED-87-36: Published: Feb 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) National Park Service (NPS) actions to address threats to the National Park System's natural and cultural resources; and (2) the extent to which current legislation obligates NPS to intercede in outside actions that would affect park resources.GAO found that: (1) although NPS required parks to complete resource management pla...
Federal Land Management: Permits for Film-Making and Wind Studies in Southern California
RCED-86-135BR: Published: Apr 4, 1986. Publicly Released: May 23, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) issuance of temporary use permits during fiscal years (FY) 1982 through 1985 for wind anemometers and movie and television filming at four BLM resource area offices in California.GAO found that: (1) during FY 1982 through 1985, BLM issued temporary land use permits for 7 wind anemometer studie...
Public Lands: Interior Should Ensure Against Abuses From Hardrock Mining
RCED-86-48: Published: Mar 27, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1986.
GAO evaluated how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) carries out its mining claim recording and environmental protection responsibilities under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, focusing on BLM procedures for ensuring that: (1) it gets enough information to determine the location and validity of mining claims on federal lands; and (2) mined lands are adequately reclaimed once mining act...
Cleaning Up Hazardous Wastes: An Overview of Superfund Reauthorization Issues
RCED-85-69: Published: Mar 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1985.
GAO reported on Superfund issues, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.GAO found that the cost and scope of the hazardous waste problem, the degree of health risks involved, and the cost of correcting these problems are unknown. Under the act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no mandate to set nationwide cleanup standards or oversee state...
Forest Service's Program To Identify Unneeded Land for Potential Sale Is Stalled
RCED-85-16: Published: Nov 6, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's program to identify and dispose of unneeded land, including: (1) how the Service plans to implement an executive order which asked federal agencies to identify and dispose of such land; (2) its land management process; and (3) the problems and costs involved in selling the land.GAO found that the Service is not determining w...
Economic Uses of the National Wildlife Refuge System Unlikely To Increase Significantly
RCED-84-108: Published: Jun 15, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's plans to expand the economic and public uses of lands included in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), focusing on: (1) how expansion decisions were reached and whether data provided by individual refuges were considered in Interior's plans; (2) plans to increase oil and gas development on NWRS lands; and (3)...