Waste management (51 - 60 of 103 items)
Superfund: Problems With the Completeness and Consistency of Site Cleanup Plans
RCED-92-138: Published: May 18, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared hazardous waste site cleanups managed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with those managed by potentially responsible parties (PRP) to evaluate: (1) similarities between remedies at EPA- and PRP-managed cleanups; (2) the completeness and consistency of selected cleanup plans and Records of Decisions (ROD) documenting cleanup decisions an...
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...
Hazardous Waste: Impediments Delay Timely Closing and Cleanup of Facilities
RCED-92-84: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) inspection of closing land disposal facilities, focusing on the: (1) enforcement actions taken against facilities found in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and (2) factors delaying the proper closing of those facilities.GAO found that: (1) over a 5-year period, states conduc...
Hazardous Waste: Impediments Have Delayed the Closing and Cleanup of Land Disposal Facilities
T-RCED-92-64: Published: May 28, 1992. Publicly Released: May 28, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA): (1) progress in closing and issuing post-closure permits to hazardous waste disposal facilities; (2) inspection and enforcement efforts for ensuring compliance with closure and post-closure requirements; and (3) impediments delaying closure and issuance of permits. GAO noted that: (1) since fiscal year (FY) 1987, EPA has made little progre...
Solid Waste: Progress in Implementing the Federal Program to Buy Products Containing Recovered Materials
T-RCED-92-42: Published: Apr 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1992.
GAO discuss the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program, focusing on: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in developing procurement guidelines for products containing recovered materials; (2) overall federal progress in implementing the procurement program; and (3) the Department of Commerce's role in encouraging the commercialization of resource recovery technol...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Improving DOE's Management of the Environmental Cleanup
T-RCED-92-43: Published: Mar 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1992.
GAO discussed the overall management systems that the Department of Energy (DOE) will need to oversee the cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. GAO noted that: (1) DOE has put considerable effort into developing management systems to set priorities, estimate project costs, and track clean-up progress, but further efforts will be needed to provide management systems that ensure that clea...
Waste Minimization: Major Problems of Data Reliability and Validity Identified
PEMD-92-16: Published: Mar 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the quality of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data used to determine the need for mandatory waste minimization requirements, focusing on: (1) the degree and causes of measurement error in the EPA National Survey of Hazardous Waste Generators; (2) how to reduce or eliminate those errors; and (3) how to minimize future problems.GAO found...
Cleanup Technology: DOE's Management of Environmental Cleanup Technology
T-RCED-92-29: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its programs to develop environmental clean-up technology. GAO noted that DOE: (1) faces a difficult task in the cleanup of its nuclear weapons complex; (2) began the technology development program and started funding eight integrated clean-up projects to address such problems as contaminated soil and groundwater, buried waste, and under...
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...
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...