Superfund (61 - 70 of 76 items)
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...
Superfund: A More Vigorous and Better Managed Enforcement Program Is Needed
RCED-90-22: Published: Dec 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement of the Superfund program, focusing on: (1) its process for identifying liable and financially viable parties to hold responsible for cleaning up Superfund sites; (2) enforcement tools, including negotiations, unilateral administrative orders, and mixed funding and de minimis settlements; and (...
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...
Superfund: Contractors Are Being Too Liberally Indemnified by the Government
RCED-89-160: Published: Sep 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) Section 119 program for indemnifying Superfund program contractors and subcontractors against liabilities caused by negligence, focusing on: (1) the use of and need for indemnification agreements; (2) claims against those agreements; (3) the pr...
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: Corrective Action Cleanups Will Take Years To Complete
RCED-88-48: Published: Dec 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to implement the corrective action provisions of the 1984 amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), to determine: (1) the number of hazardous waste facilities requiring corrective action; (2) the length of time it would take to implement the corrective action; (3)...
Hazardous Waste: Uncertainties of Existing Data
PEMD-87-11BR: Published: Feb 18, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO addressed the issue of whether future treatment, storage, and disposal capacities will be quantitatively adequate to manage the volume of hazardous wastes being generated.GAO found that, after reviewing approximately 90 studies and documents, there were significant data gaps, methodological problems, and other issues that precluded it from: (1) relying u...