Economic development (51 - 79 of 79 items)
Toxic Substances: Abandonment of PCBs Demonstrates Need for Program Improvements
RCED-87-127: Published: May 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the circumstances that led a polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) handling firm to abandon PCB at two sites, focusing particularly on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulatory practices and enforcement efforts related to the abandonment.GAO found that EPA: (1) has inadequate controls over PCB, particularly regarding headquarters oversigh...
EPA's Region VII PCB Enforcement Actions Concerning PCB Treatment, Inc. and Environmental Resources Management, Inc.
T-RCED-87-13: Published: Apr 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement activities regarding polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), focusing on two companies operating in one EPA region. EPA regulatory activities concerning PCB include: (1) approving PCB disposal and destruction processes developed by private companies; (2) inspecting the companies for compliance wi...
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...
Federal Land Acquisition: Land Exchange Process Working But Can Be Improved
RCED-87-9: Published: Feb 5, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the programs that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest Service and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) use to plan, negotiate, and implement land exchanges.GAO found that the land exchange process is working well, since both BLM and the Forest Service: (1) have established and followed procedures governing l...
Surface Mining: Interior Department and States Could Improve Inspection Programs
RCED-87-40: Published: Dec 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federally approved mine inspection and enforcement programs in four states to determine whether: (1) the states were citing all violations observed during mine inspections; and (2) if the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) sampling process to select mines for review is appro...
Nuclear Waste: Institutional Relations Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
RCED-87-14: Published: Feb 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request to assess the Department of Energy's (DOE) relations with the states and Indian tribes that its Nuclear Waste Repository Program affects, GAO: (1) identified the states' and tribes' concerns with the program, including their level of participation in the decisionmaking process for waste sites; (2) examined the DOE program for involving states and tribes and t...
Surface Mining: Difficulties in Reclaiming Mined Lands in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
RCED-86-221: Published: Sep 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the bonding systems for reclamation of strip-mined land in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.GAO found that: (1) unreclaimed acreage exists in both states, posing risks to the health and safety of the public and environment; (2) the interim program bond amounts in Pennsylvania and, to a lesser extent, in West Virginia, have not been adequate to rec...
GAO Work on Nuclear Waste Issue
130597: Jul 31, 1986
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided an overview of its work on the nuclear waste issue; and (2) testified on relations between the Department of Energy (DOE), states, and Indian tribes regarding the waste program. In its previous reports, GAO determined that the DOE: (1) plan for constructing a monitored retrievable storage facility could hinder the repository program's progr...
Surface Mining: Information on Coal Mining Citations Issued by Kentucky Inspectors
RCED-86-180FS: Published: Jun 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined all non-compliance notices and cessation orders Kentucky submitted to the Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in the past year to determine whether Kentucky mining inspectors have failed to issue such citations.GAO found that: (1) 175 inspectors issued 3,986 citations from March 1985 through March 1986; (2)...
Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of March 31, 1986
RCED-86-154FS: Published: Apr 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1986.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO provided its quarterly status report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of its nuclear waste program.GAO found that, during the quarter: (1) the National Academy of Sciences completed its independent review of the methodology DOE used to evaluate and rank first-repository sites and concluded that the methodology was satisfactory and appropria...
Mineral Revenues: Delays in Processing and Disbursing Onshore Oil and Gas Bid Revenues
RCED-86-69: Published: Mar 24, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's procedures for: (1) depositing and processing bid revenues from offshore and onshore competitive oil and gas lease sales; and (2) disbursing onshore bid revenues to the states.GAO found that Interior's procedures and guidelines for depositing and processing offshore bid revenues were adequate, but the procedures for depositing, processing, and disbursi...
Surface Mining: Interior Department Oversight of State Permitting and Bonding Activities
RCED-86-38: Published: Dec 23, 1985. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) oversight of state permitting and bonding activities, specifically whether OSMRE oversight: (1) provides adequate assurance that state permitting activities are in compliance with the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977; and (2) enables it to determine the adequacy of...
Natural Gas Prices: FERC Should Improve Its Initial Review of Pipelines' Natural Gas Costs
RCED-86-12: Published: Nov 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews natural gas pipeline companies' requests to change their rates to reflect changes in their natural gas costs, focusing on whether: (1) the filings submitted were complete and consistent; and (2) FERC analysts appropriately reviewed the filings before they went into effect.GAO found that a...
The Bureau of Reclamation Could Identify More Unneeded Land
RCED-85-25: Published: Apr 12, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1985.
GAO reported on the Bureau of Reclamation's process for identifying unused, underused, and unneeded land.GAO identified about 1.8 million acres of unneeded land for project purposes. This occurred primarily because the Bureau's annual property reviews did not include detailed reviews of specific parcels of land, and it had not completed reviewing the need for all public domain land under its juris...
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...
Implementation of the National Minerals and Materials Policy Needs Better Coordination and Focus
RCED-84-63: Published: Mar 20, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO monitored and reviewed the administration's implementation of the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act, which was passed to: (1) coordinate and implement a coherent national materials and minerals policy and program through the Executive Office of the President and the Cabinet; (2) promote an adequate and stable supply of...
Issues Concerning the National Materials Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980, Public Law 96-479
121374: May 17, 1983
Testimony was given on issues concerning the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act. The act required the President to submit by October 1981 a program plan to include programmatic and budgetary proposals and organizational structures to provide for materials and minerals policy analysis and decisionmaking and interagency coordination at the Cabinet level. GAO found t...
Sharing the Cost of Making Federal Water Project Feasibility Studies
RCED-83-18: Published: Dec 6, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1982.
GAO discussed feasibility studies undertaken by the Federal government to resolve water resources problems and the factors affecting the study outcome. The purpose of the review was to determine how frequently studies did not identify acceptable solutions and why.GAO estimated that, during the past 17 years, Federal agencies have spent about $100 million on water project feasibility studies. In it...
Environmental Protection Agency's Administration of a Contract With the Lear Motors Corporation
RED-76-51: Published: Dec 5, 1975. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1982.
No summary is currently available...
Need To Strengthen Coordination of Ocean Pollution Research
CED-82-108: Published: Jul 14, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1982.
GAO conducted a review to determine whether the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) implementation of the National Ocean Pollution Planning Act had improved the coordination of federal ocean pollution research development and monitoring.NOAA has made considerable progress toward implementing the act. It has: (1) issued a plan and one revision containing extensive catalogs of f...
Lands in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area Should Be Returned to Private Ownership
CED-81-10: Published: Jan 22, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1981.
GAO was requested to examine the land acquisition and management practices of the National Park Service (NPS) at Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Through the law which established this area, it was congressional intent that land acquisition costs be minimal, that a private community in the recreation area continue to exist, that commercial development not be eliminated, and that additional co...
Promising Changes Improve EPA's Extramural Research; More Changes Needed
CED-81-6: Published: Oct 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1980.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made a number of changes to the planning and management of its research activities. If properly implemented, they should improve the EPA research program. GAO discussed some problems which require further attention, and factors and weaknesses which, unless corrected, could continue to seriously hamper the EPA ability to meet its research needs.GAO foun...
Better Management of National Park Concessions Can Improve Services Provided to the Public
CED-80-102: Published: Jul 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1980.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the management of concession operations by the National Park Service (NPS).GAO found that concessioner performance evaluation would be more effective if visitors' opinions and comments were used in appraising concessioner performance. Existing concessioners already have a competitive advantage over others who want to operate in the parks, they do...
Federal Interests Should Receive More Consideration under the Forest Highway Program
CED-77-130: Published: Oct 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1977.
The Forest Highway Program, as currently administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) and the Forest Service, is not meeting the Forest Service's needs for managing the national forest resources.Forest highways total about 22,000 miles and are of special federal interest because they link the national forests to the federal-aid highway system. Congress, in establishing the Forest High...
More and Better Uses Could Be Made of Billions of Gallons of Water by Improving Irrigation Delivery Systems
CED-77-117: Published: Sep 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 1977.
Agricultural irrigation uses 83 percent of water consumed in the United States. Large amounts of water transported to farms are wasted annually because of inefficient delivery systems which seep water.The seepage problem exists throughout the West and causes a loss of water for beneficial purposes. Federal projects supply water to only about one-fifth of the total irrigated western lands and, ther...
Adequacy of Controls for the Reclamation of Lands Mined for Noncoal Minerals
CED-77-72: Published: May 17, 1977. Publicly Released: May 17, 1977.
A need exists for more complete information on the mining of noncoal minerals in order to formulate Federal regulations governing such mining. A survey was conducted to observe the effects of mining operations for uranium, copper, phosphate, limestone, molybdenum, and iron at a number of active and abandoned surface and underground mining sites in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Wyomin...
Concessions Management by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior
100189: Dec 9, 1976
In 1974, GAO reviewed: (1) the monitoring and evaluation of concessions operations; (2) the encouragement of competition and the considerations given small business in the award and renewal of concession contracts; (3) the adequacy of policies and practices for establishing concessioner franchise fees; and (4) the extent of compliance with environmental requirements in approving new facilities. La...
Indian Natural Resources--Opportunities for Improved Management and Increased Productivity - Part I: Forest Land, Rangeland, and Cropland
RED-76-8: Published: Aug 18, 1975. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1975.
No summary is currently available...