Hazardous wastes (41 - 50 of 75 items)
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: Data Management Problems Delay EPA's Assessment of Minimization Efforts
RCED-91-131: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to develop baseline and trend data to measure its progress in minimizing hazardous waste generation.GAO found that: (1) EPA underestimated the complexity of developing baseline minimization data; (2) staffing and funding constraints and competing priorities limited EPA efforts to obtain minimizati...
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: Status and Resources of EPA's Corrective Action Program
RCED-90-144: Published: Apr 19, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) corrective action program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended, focusing on the: (1) status of the program at RCRA facilities; and (2) staff level EPA committed to the corrective action program.GAO found that: (1) EPA had not assessed most RCRA facilities to determine whethe...
Department of Defense and General Services Administration Management and Sales of Hazardous Materials
T-NSIAD-90-15: Published: Feb 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1990.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) and the General Services Administration's (GSA) management of hazardous materials and their public sale of surplus hazardous materials. GAO found that DOD and GSA initiated some improved inventory management techniques such as reuse, recycling, and treatment to minimize hazardous waste, but: (1) there was not sufficient, reliable data to assess their...
Hazardous Waste: Attention to DOD Inventories of Hazardous Materials Needed
NSIAD-90-11: Published: Nov 6, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to minimize hazardous waste generation through hazardous materials inventory controls; and (2) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and General Services Administration (GSA) efforts as DOD purchasing agencies.GAO found that 40 percent of hazardous materials designated for disposal was unused, because: (1) lengthy...
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...
Hazardous Waste: DOD Efforts to Reduce Waste
NSIAD-89-35: Published: Feb 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) and the services' efforts to minimize their generation of hazardous waste by: (1) changing production, repair, and maintenance processes; (2) substituting less hazardous materials; and (3) changing technical documents to allow substitution.GAO found that: (1) through the services, DOD made progress in meeting th...
Hazardous Waste: New Approach Needed to Manage the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
RCED-88-115: Published: Jul 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1988.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in implementing Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provisions to determine whether EPA was: (1) identifying and regulating hazardous wastes; (2) ensuring RCRA facilities' compliance with regulatory controls; and (3) encouraging waste minimization.GAO found that: (1) EPA made limited progress in identifying and regulating...