Environmental protection (61 - 70 of 177 items)
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: 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...
Environmental Protection: EPA's Fiscal Year 1998 Superfund Budget
RCED-98-15R: Published: Oct 3, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) fiscal year (FY) 1998 Superfund budget request, focusing on whether the EPA based its budgetary requirements on the most current available information. GAO concentrated its review on 58 Superfund sites because approximately $620 million, or 95 percent of the additional $650 million requeste...
Superfund: Trends in Spending for Site Cleanups
RCED-97-211: Published: Sep 4, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund spending from fiscal year (FY) 1987 through FY 1996 to determine: (1) of total Superfund spending, how much was for contractor cleanup work, in contrast with other activities; (2) of the money spent on contractor cleanup work, how much was spent on the actual cleanups, in contrast with cleanup p...
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...
Regulatory Reinvention: EPA's Common Sense Initiative Needs an Improved Operating Framework and Progress Measures
RCED-97-164: Published: Jul 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the progress of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Common Sense Initiative toward its goal of finding "cleaner, cheaper, smarter" ways of reducing or preventing pollution and the methods EPA uses to measure progress.GAO noted that: (1) in the almost 3 years the Initiative has been under way, it has produced three formal recommendations to...
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...