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Air Pollution: Protecting Parks and Wilderness From Nearby Pollution Sources
RCED-90-10: Published: Feb 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal and state efforts to maintain clean air in national parks and wilderness areas, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the Clean Air Act regulated stationary sources located near areas designated Class I, the highest protection level; (2) how federal land managers protected Class I areas from stationary source emissions; and (3) why states ha...
National Forests: Special Recreation Areas Not Meeting Established Objectives
RCED-90-27: Published: Feb 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's management of 20 special recreation areas within the national forest system to determine whether the Service achieved the development, operation, and maintenance levels consistent with their designating legislation.GAO found that: (1) the Service did not develop, operate, or maintain many of the special recreation areas accordi...
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...
National Wildlife Refuges: Continuing Problems With Incompatible Uses Call for Bold Action
RCED-89-196: Published: Sep 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) management of the secondary uses of national wildlife refuges, focusing on whether FWS met the purposes for which the refuges were established.GAO found that: (1) although the refuges served their primary purpose of providing habitats and safe havens for wildlife, 90 percent of the 428 refuges had at least one...
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...
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...