Appropriations (61 - 70 of 92 items)
Nuclear Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
RCED-90-1: Published: Dec 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) 5-year program for demonstrating its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) capacity for safe disposal of transuranic (TRU) wastes produced by DOE atomic energy defense activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the 5-year test program to help determine WIPP compliance with 1985 Environmental Protection Agency (EP...
Mineral Revenues: Implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987
RCED-89-108: Published: May 8, 1989. Publicly Released: May 31, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act, focusing on: (1) BLM development of implementing regulations; (2) how BLM conducted oil and gas lease test sales, and the sales' results; and (3) the effect of royalty rate changes for competitively issued oil and gas leases.GAO found that...
Surface Mining: Interior's Response to Abandoned Mine Emergencies
RCED-89-74: Published: Jan 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) report to a congressional subcommittee on its handling of requests for emergency reclamation of abandoned mine land sites, focusing on: (1) the accuracy and completeness of the OSMRE report; (2) how long it took OSMRE to process emergency complaints; and (3) whether OSMRE-approve...
Surface Mining: Operation of the Applicant Violator System Can Be Improved
AFMD-89-31: Published: Jan 24, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) efforts to implement its Applicant Violator System (AVS).GAO found that: (1) the OSMRE automated permit review system was inadequate to effectively determine whether permits should be issued or denied; (2) incomplete names and addresses, inconsistent recordkeeping and reports, an...
Satellite Data Archiving: U.S. and Foreign Activities and Plans for Environmental Information
RCED-88-201: Published: Sep 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. and international environmental satellite data archiving activities and plans.GAO found that: (1) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are primarily responsible for archiving environmental satellite data; (2) the agencies expe...
Federal Land Management: Consideration of Proposed Alaska Land Exchanges Should Be Discontinued
RCED-88-179: Published: Sep 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated proposed land exchanges between the Department of the Interior and six groups of Alaskan Native corporations to: (1) assess Interior's legal authority to conduct the proposed land exchanges; and (2) examine the processes, assumptions, and methods underlying the exchanges.GAO found that: (1) Interior had the legal authority to negotiate and admi...
Offshore Oil and Gas: Environmental Studies Program Meets Most User Needs but Changes Needed
RCED-88-104: Published: Jun 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's outer continental shelf (OCS) environmental studies program to determine: (1) whether contractors timely delivered environmental studies in relation to originally scheduled due dates and planned lease uses; (2) the level of user satisfaction with the studies and how Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) us...
Toxic Substances: PCB Enforcement in Kansas City Region Substantiates Need for Further Program Improvements
RCED-88-72: Published: Feb 26, 1988. Publicly Released: May 3, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Kansas City regional office's oversight of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) storage and disposal companies; and (2) identified improvements needed in the EPA nationwide PCB enforcement program.GAO found that: (1) EPA has not directed its regional offices to assign special priority to the inspection...
Environmental Funding: DOE Needs To Better Identify Funds for Hazardous Waste Compliance
RCED-88-62: Published: Dec 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) funding for activities to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).GAO found that DOE cannot: (1) specifically identify budgeted or expended RCRA and CERCLA funds, since they are not part of...
Surface Mining: State and Federal Use of Alternative Enforcement Techniques
RCED-87-160: Published: Aug 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed state and federal use of alternative enforcement techniques under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, focusing on: (1) whether states with primacy for mining regulation have statutory authority to use, and are using, the alternative techniques; (2) whether the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) uses such techni...