Waste disposal (81 - 90 of 127 items)
Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Minimize Cleanup Delays at the Clark Fork Sites
RCED-92-20: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the progress and problems of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites in Montana, focusing on the: (1) extent and cost of cleanup work; (2) adequacy of cleanup plans; and (3) effectiveness of EPA efforts to recover cleanup costs.GAO found that: (1) only 2 of the 4 sites' 23 operable units have been clean...
Hazardous Waste: Limited Progress in Closing and Cleaning Up Contaminated Facilities
RCED-91-79: Published: May 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in completing closures and issuing post-closure permits at hazardous waste disposal facilities.GAO found that: (1) nearly half of the facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste have decided to close their operations because they are unable or unwilling to meet federal hazardous w...
Solid Waste: Trade-offs Involved in Beverage Container Deposit Legislation
RCED-91-25: Published: Nov 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential effects of a national beverage container deposit law.GAO found that: (1) beverage industry representatives reported that the capital and operating costs to implement deposit systems would hurt retailers and distributors because of additional transportation, storage, and labor costs; (2) beverage and container manufactur...
Environmental Protection: Bibliography of GAO Documents, August 1988-April 1990
RCED-90-228: Published: Sep 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1990.
GAO provided a bibliography of its documents relating to the environment that were issued between August 1988 and April 1990.GAO included references to reports, speeches, testimonies, and other documents, representing the broad interrelationship between environmental protection and such other issues as health, energy, transportation, agriculture, and natural resources...
Hazardous Waste: Funding of Postclosure Liabilities Remains Uncertain
RCED-90-64: Published: Jun 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1990.
In response to a congressional request, GAO studied options for managing liabilities associated with hazardous waste disposal facilities after closure.GAO found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): (1) requires facilities obtaining operating permits to design and construct disposal units with waste migration prevention measures; (2) officials have identified activities, such as extended...
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...
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: 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...
GAO's Views on DOE's Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Five-Year Plan
T-RCED-90-16: Published: Nov 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1989.
GAO discussed a Department of Energy (DOE) environmental restoration and waste management plan. GAO noted that: (1) DOE proposed a 5-year plan to address problems regarding radioactive waste tank leakage, groundwater contamination, inactive waste sites, environmental law compliance, and DOE management oversight; (2) DOE estimated that its cleanup plan would cost about $19.1 billion from 1991 throu...
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...