Environmental law (41 - 50 of 98 items)
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...
Environmental Protection: Challenges Facing EPA's Efforts to Reinvent Environmental Regulation
RCED-97-155: Published: Jul 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) what the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) reinvention initiatives are and how EPA is structured to carry them out; and (2) what key issues need to be addressed for these initiatives to have their intended effect.GAO noted that: (1) EPA maintains that its reinvention initiatives seek to reduce paperwork and eliminate obsolete rules, make...
Environmental Cleanup Costs: NASA Is Making Progress in Identifying Contamination, but More Effort Is Needed
NSIAD-97-98: Published: Jun 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) environmental cleanup costs, focusing on NASA's: (1) determination of the extent of contamination it may be responsible for cleaning up and progress in its cleanup program; (2) cost estimates for accomplishing cleanup; and (3) efforts to determine whether "potentially responsible parties" s...
Environmental Protection: Information Used for Defense Environmental Management
NSIAD-97-135: Published: Jun 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on certain aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental compliance and cleanup activities, focusing on the: (1) extent to which DOD components are meeting requirements to provide data on the cost and status of compliance projects; and (2) relative risk characteristics DOD uses to determine priorities for site cleanup.GAO n...
Environmental Protection Issue Area Plan: Fiscal Years 1998-2000
IAP-97-18: Published: Jun 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1997.
GAO provided information on its Environmental Protection issue area plan for fiscal years 1998 through 2000.GAO plans to examine: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management and budget to help ensure that available resources are used efficiently and effectively; (2) information needed by Congress to assist in its oversight and reauthorization of federal environmental statutes; and (...
Superfund: Proposals to Remove Barriers to Brownfield Redevelopment
T-RCED-97-87: Published: Mar 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1997.
GAO discussed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' efforts to support the cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned and idled business properties, commonly known as "brownfields", focusing on: (1) legal barriers that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund, present for redeveloping brownfields; (2) types of federal financi...
Superfund: Status of Selected Federal Natural Resource Damage Settlements
RCED-97-10: Published: Nov 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the settlements reached in the five largest federal natural resource damage cases, focusing on the: (1) number and status of the remaining settlements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980; and (2) uses made of the collected funds.GAO found that: (1) as of July 1, 1996, in addition to...
Military Base Closures: Reducing High Costs of Environmental Cleanup Requires Difficult Choices
NSIAD-96-172: Published: Sep 5, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the costs of the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental cleanup efforts under the base realignment and closure (BRAC) process, focusing on the: (1) reasons that cleanups are so costly; and (2) potential for reducing costs and the impact on program goals.GAO found that: (1) as of March 1996, DOD had allocated about $3.4 billion for the BRAC env...
Environmental Protection: Status of Defense Initiatives for Cleanup, Compliance, and Technology
NSIAD-96-155: Published: Aug 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental cleanup, compliance, and technology activities.GAO found that: (1) recent DOD initiatives affecting environmental cleanup include efforts to focus funding on actual cleanup, instead of study and oversight, better target funds through the use of risk determination, and devolve the budget...