Environmental protection (71 - 80 of 177 items)
Toxic Substances: Few States Have Considered Reporting Requirements for Chemical Use Data
RCED-97-154: Published: Jun 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) identified which states have had legislative bills or voter referendums from January 1991 through February 1997 that would have required the reporting of chemical use data and described the disposition of these proposals; and (2) discussed the findings of studies on the advantages and disadvantages of requirements to report chemical use data.GAO noted...
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: Information on EPA's Administrative Reforms
RCED-97-174R: Published: May 30, 1997. Publicly Released: May 30, 1997.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) reforms to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of the Superfund program, focusing on the: (1) nature and scope of the reforms' implementation; (2) demonstrated accomplishments that may have resulted from them; and (3) additional legal authority EPA believes it needs to correct the underlyin...
Superfund: Stronger EPA-State Relationship Can Improve Cleanups and Reduce Costs
RCED-97-77: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: May 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the lessons learned from five states that have had significant experience in leading Superfund cleanups; and (2) how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help to ensure that interested states are successful in their efforts to take on increased Superfund responsibilities.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of GAO's review...
Superfund: Times to Complete the Assessment and Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites
RCED-97-20: Published: Mar 31, 1997. Publicly Released: May 8, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund cleanup efforts, focusing on trends in the time taken to: (1) evaluate and process hazardous waste sites for possible placement on the National Priorities List (NPL); and (2) clean up these sites following their listing.GAO noted that: (1) EPA took an average of 9.4 years, calculated from the da...
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...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-96-20(4): Published: Sep 3, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 1996.
GAO presented information on its active assignments in the Environmental Protection issue area as of September 3, 1996...
Time and Cost Limits on Superfund Removals
RCED-96-195R: Published: Jun 10, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether: (1) changes to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act's time and cost limits would ease constraints on non-time-critical removals; and (2) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that limits on non-time-critical removal actions are necessary or appropriate. GAO noted that: (1) mo...
Dollar Amounts of EPA's Grants and Agreements
RCED-96-178R: Published: May 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the total dollar value of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) grants and agreements for fiscal years 1993 through 1995. GAO noted that: (1) from FY 1993 to FY 1995, EPA awarded grants and entered into agreements totalling $11.1 billion; and (2) while the $11.1 billion in grants and agreements went to 4,021 grantees, the largest distribution...
Superfund: More Emphasis Needed on Risk Reduction
T-RCED-96-168: Published: May 8, 1996. Publicly Released: May 8, 1996.
GAO discussed the Superfund Program's effectiveness. GAO noted that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not adequately emphasized risk reduction in site selection or cleanup schedules; (2) EPA regional offices have used other factors besides risk reduction to select sites or prioritize cleanups; (3) EPA has too often inappropriately assumed that contaminated sites' future uses will...