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Environmental Protection: Funds Obligated for Completed Superfund Projects
RCED-98-232: Published: Jul 21, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to deobligate and recover funds for completed Superfund projects, focusing on: (1) the progress that EPA has made to recover the unspent funds on the inactive Superfund contracts and assistance agreements that GAO identified; and (2) whether any additional funds that expired during 1997 for Superf...
Environmental Protection: Key Management Issues Facing EPA
RCED-98-153R: Published: Apr 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on key management issues currently facing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).GAO noted that: (1) if EPA is to carry out its responsibilities effectively, it needs to improve its performance in establishing priorities that better reflect the risks to human health and the environment and that compare risks and risk-reduction strate...
Superfund: EPA's Use of Funds for Brownfield Revitalization
RCED-98-87: Published: Mar 19, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the grants and agreements the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded since fiscal year 1993 under two program categories of brownfield expenditures, focusing on the: (1) criteria and process EPA used to award these grants and agreements; (2) uses recipients made of these funds; and (3) monitoring and oversight EPA provided for them.GAO noted...
Environmental Cleanup: DOD's Relative Risk Process
NSIAD-98-79R: Published: Feb 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) current relative risk site evaluation process that allocates cleanup resources to contaminated sites that pose the greatest risk to human health and the environment.GAO noted that: (1) DOD's relative risk evaluations are carried out by the defense components using guidance provided by the Office of the Deputy Und...
Superfund: Times to Complete Site Listing and Cleanup
T-RCED-98-74: Published: Feb 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1998.
GAO discussed two of its recent reports on the pace of cleanup in the Superfund program, focusing on the: (1) time taken to evaluate hazardous waste sites for possible placement on the National Priorities List (NPL) and the time to clean them up after the listing; and (2) status of cleanup for sites listed from 1986 to 1994.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's March 1997 report stated that the Environmental...
Superfund: Response to EPA's Letter Concerning Recent GAO Reports
RCED-98-55R: Published: Jan 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1998.
GAO responded to a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) questioning the methodology and conclusions of GAO's March 1997 and September 1997 reports on EPA's Superfund cleanup efforts.GAO noted that: (1) in the March 1997 report on the time it has taken to complete the assessment and cleanup of Superfund sites, which was based on EPA's own data, GAO measured the time: (a) from EPA's...
Hazardous Waste: Progress Under the Corrective Action Program Is Limited, but New Initiatives May Accelerate Cleanups
RCED-98-3: Published: Oct 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program, focusing on: (1) the progress made in cleaning up facilities under the program; (2) factors affecting progress; and (3) any initiatives that EPA, the states, and industry have taken to accomplish cleanups.GAO noted that: (1) only about 8 pe...
Environmental Protection: EPA's and States' Efforts to 'Reinvent' Environmental Regulation
T-RCED-98-33: Published: Nov 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1997.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the states' roles in promoting and implementing innovative methods of environmental regulation, focusing on: (1) a draft agreement between EPA and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) on environmental regulation; and (2) the findings of a GAO report on EPA's and the states' efforts to reinvent environmental regulation.GAO note...
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: Duration of the Cleanup Process at Hazardous Waste Sites on the National Priorities List
RCED-97-238R: Published: Sep 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund cleanup efforts, focusing on comparing EPA's estimate of future cleanup times compared with the program's historical performance.GAO noted that: (1) as of July 1, 1997, remedial action had been completed at 13 percent (95) of the 752 sites placed on the National Priorities List in fiscal years 1...