Hazardous waste sites (51 - 60 of 74 items)
Superfund: Current Progress and Issues Needing Further Attention
T-RCED-92-56: Published: Jun 11, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program. GAO noted that: (1) the cost and scope of Superfund have greatly exceeded initial projections of $1.6 billion for the cleanup of 406 hazardous waste sites in 1980 to $40 billion for 1,275 sites, with a projected increase of 700 sites needing attention by 2000; (2) the program has taken more than 2,800 emergency actions, s...
Superfund: Issues That Need To Be Addressed Before the Program's Next Reauthorization
T-RCED-92-15: Published: Oct 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) the pace of site cleanups; (2) how Superfund costs can be better controlled; (3) whether completed cleanups will successfully protect human health and the environment; and (4) the risks of Superfund sites to human health and the environment. GAO noted that: (1) after 11 years, EPA has finished cleanups at...
Hazardous Waste: Pollution Claims Experience of Property/Casualty Insurers
RCED-91-59: Published: Feb 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed the potential liability of 13 property and casualty insurers for costs of cleaning up hazardous waste sites or for reimbursing the government for its cleanup of the sites.GAO found that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified 1,200 sites as eligible for long-term, permanent cleanup under the Superfund program; (2) 9 of 13 insurers...
Potential Liability of Property/Casualty Insurers for Costs of Cleaning Up Hazardous Waste Sites
T-RCED-90-109: Published: Sep 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1990.
GAO discussed the property and casualty insurance industry's potential liability for costs to clean up the nation's hazardous waste sites, especially Superfund sites. GAO noted that: (1) there are about 1,200 sites on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List for Superfund cleanup; (2) parties responsible for contaminating the sites were primarily liable for cleanup, and Super...
Hazardous Waste Sites: State Cleanup Status and Its Implications for Federal Policy
RCED-89-164: Published: Aug 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of state cleanups of hazardous waste sites not on the National Priorities List (NPL) and whether the cleanups met Superfund Program standards.GAO found that: (1) although 47 states reported about 28,000 known or suspected Superfund sites, many had not identified all of their sites; (2) 42 states reported inspecting about 7,800 sites and...
Implications of State Cleanups of Hazardous Waste Sites on Federal Policy
T-RCED-90-5: Published: Nov 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1989.
GAO reviewed state cleanups of hazardous waste sites not included under the federal Superfund program, focusing on: (1) state cleanup progress; (2) whether state cleanup levels and remedies met Superfund standards; and (3) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed policy to turn over cleanup of some Superfund sites to states. GAO found that: (1) although most states have accomplished fe...
Making Superfund Work Better: A Challenge for the New Administration
T-RCED-89-48: Published: Jun 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1989.
GAO discussed its work on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program and reviewed the EPA Superfund management report. In previous reports, GAO had found EPA difficulty in: (1) controlling contracting costs; (2) maintaining a stable and competent work force; (3) compelling violators to pay cleanup costs; and (4) defining and meeting its short- and long-term goals. GAO found that...
Superfund: Interim Assessment of EPA's Enforcement Program
RCED-89-40BR: Published: Oct 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program to determine whether EPA: (1) used its enforcement tools effectively to clean up hazardous waste sites; (2) could do a better job of recovering cleanup costs from potentially responsible parties; and (3) had the necessary framework to plan, manage, and oversee the program.GAO found th...
Superfund De Minimis Settlements
T-RCED-88-46: Published: Jun 20, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1988.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) implementation of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 focusing on EPA de minimis settlement activities at two Superfund sites. GAO noted that the de minimis settlements involve parties that have caused a relatively small share of the pollution at the nation's worst hazardous waste sites. GAO found that EPA: (1) reached...
Hazardous Waste: Abandoned Disposal Sites May Be Affecting Guam's Water Supply
NSIAD-87-88BR: Published: May 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to identify and clean up abandoned hazardous waste disposal sites on a Navy and an Air Force installation in Guam.GAO found that DOD: (1) initiated its Installation Restoration Program (IRP) to identify suspected problems with closed disposal sites and to control the migration of hazardous contamination from t...