Environmental law (61 - 70 of 98 items)
Superfund: Status, Cost, and Timeliness of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups
RCED-94-256: Published: Sep 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) EPA use of Superfund program funds between 1987 and 1993; (2) the status of cleanup work at each Superfund site; (3) the cleanup work financed by EPA and the responsible parties; and (4) the extent to which judicial review limits have eliminated EPA clean...
Superfund: Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues
T-RCED-94-274: Published: Jul 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1994.
GAO discussed the Superfund reauthorization bill and its report on the role of risk in setting priorities for the Superfund program. GAO noted that: (1) the reauthorization bill would improve Superfund site cleanup, increase public involvement in the Superfund process, and expedite settlements with responsible parties with relatively low liability; (2) Congress and the Environmental Protection Age...
Environmental Protection: Implications of Using Pollution Taxes to Supplement Regulation
RCED-93-13: Published: Feb 17, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the feasibility and implications of using economic incentives, including taxes on emissions of pollutants or harmful substances, to supplement federal efforts to control, reduce, and prevent pollution.GAO found that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state and local governments do not have sufficient resources to effectively regulat...
Hazardous Waste: Much Work Remains to Accelerate Facility Cleanups
RCED-93-15: Published: Jan 19, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) administration of its hazardous waste facility corrective action program, focusing on the: (1) status of the corrective action program; (2) availability of funds for the corrective action program; and (3) effectiveness of data used to determine oversight costs.GAO found that: (1) of the 3,400 facilities s...
Hazardous Materials: Upgrading of Underground Storage Tanks Can Be Improved to Avoid Costly Cleanups
NSIAD-92-117: Published: May 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense (DOD) program for handling its underground storage tanks, focusing on: (1) the type and number of tanks owned by DOD; and (2) DOD efforts to comply with both federal and state requirements, identify and prevent leaks and spills, and correct environmental damage from leaking tanks.GAO found that: (1) in 1989, DOD owned 30,6...
Hazardous Waste: Impediments Delay Timely Closing and Cleanup of Facilities
RCED-92-84: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) inspection of closing land disposal facilities, focusing on the: (1) enforcement actions taken against facilities found in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and (2) factors delaying the proper closing of those facilities.GAO found that: (1) over a 5-year period, states conduc...
Environmental Enforcement: Penalties May Not Recover Economic Benefits Gained by Violators
RCED-91-166: Published: Jun 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) penalty policies and practices.GAO found that: (1) although total penalties assessed by EPA increased in fiscal year (FY) 1990, the amounts showed little relationship to the economic benefit of the violations; (2) total penalties assessed by EPA in all of its programs increased from $35 million in FY 1989...
Environmental Protection: Meeting Public Expectations With Limited Resources
RCED-91-97: Published: Jun 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1991.
GAO provided information on approaches by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress to make environmental programs more cost-effective.GAO found that: (1) EPA estimated that by 2000, the United States could be spending $160 billion annually on pollution control, almost 90 percent more than it spent in 1987; (2) the federal budget deficit restricted the government's ability to adequate...
Hazardous Waste: Limited Progress in Closing and Cleaning Up Contaminated Facilities
RCED-91-79: Published: May 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in completing closures and issuing post-closure permits at hazardous waste disposal facilities.GAO found that: (1) nearly half of the facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste have decided to close their operations because they are unable or unwilling to meet federal hazardous w...
Observations on the Environmental Protection Agency's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 1992
T-RCED-91-28: Published: May 1, 1991. Publicly Released: May 1, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget request for fiscal year 1992. GAO noted that: (1) EPA requested $2.5 million for operations, a 7-percent increase over its 1991 budget; (2) EPA anticipated using $117 million toward implementing the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act; (3) in constant dollars, the amount of EPA resources was no greater now than 13 years ago although...