Economic development (61 - 66 of 66 items)
How To Dispose of Hazardous Waste--A Serious Question That Needs To Be Resolved
CED-79-13: Published: Dec 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1978.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 was enacted to regulate management of hazardous wastes which pose a threat to human health and the environment. The development of environmentally sound treatment and disposal facilities is essential to this purpose. Adequate capacity is not available to handle the increasing volumes of waste being generated, and public opposition is seriously hin...
More Effective Action by the Environmental Protection Agency Needed To Enforce Industrial Compliance With Water Pollution Control Discharge Permits
CED-78-182: Published: Oct 17, 1978. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1978.
In a comprehensive effort to clean up the nation's waterways, either the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or states with EPA-approved programs issue permits to both industrial and other source dischargers. These permits limit the amount of pollutants that may be discharged into waterways. After an industrial discharge permit is issued, EPA or the state is responsible for ensuring that dischar...
Improvements Needed in Coast Guard's Computer-Based Pollution Incident Reporting System
104770: Jan 31, 1978
The Pollution Incident Reporting System (PIRS) is a computer-based system which was started in December 1971 to collect information on discharges of oil or hazardous substances reported to or detected by the Coast Guard and was later expanded to collect information on cleanup activities and penalty actions.In a May 1977 memorandum, the Acting Chief of the Office of Marine Environment and Systems s...
The Environmental Protection Agency Needs Congressional Guidance and Support To Guard the Public in a Period of Radiation Proliferation
CED-78-27: Published: Jan 20, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1978.
In 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was given unclear authority to protect the American people and their environment from radiation hazards. EPA officials agree that the agency currently is unable to provide complete protection under its ambiguous authorities and that clarification by Congress is needed...
Continuing Need for Improved Operation and Maintenance of Municipal Waste Treatment Plants
CED-77-46: Published: Apr 11, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1977.
Operation and maintenance problems at municipal waste treatment plants constructed with federal grant assistance have been widespread for many years and have led to inefficient plant operations and the discharge of unnecessarily high pollution loads into the nation's waterways.GAO visited 28 plants in six states and noted insufficient plant-operating personnel, inadequate budgets, inadequate contr...
Pollution from Cars on the Road: Problems in Monitoring Emission Controls
CED-77-25: Published: Feb 4, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1977.
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) inspection and maintenance (IM) and in-use compliance programs (IUCP) have made little progress in the control of automobile emissions.EPA does not require most states to include inspection and maintenance programs for on-the-road vehicles. In the 17 states and the District of Columbia where IM programs were to be established, progress has been minimal...