Waste management (61 - 70 of 103 items)
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...
Managing the Environmental Cleanup of DOE's Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-91-27: Published: Apr 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. GAO found that: (1) DOE reorganized its headquarters regional activities to ensure better management focus on the cleanup effort; (2) DOE restructured its award-fee program to better ensure that its contractors appropriately emphasized environment, safety, and health issues; (3) there were problems and...
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...
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...
DOE's Efforts to Correct Environmental Problems of the Nuclear Weapons Complex
T-RCED-90-47: Published: Mar 15, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1990.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to correct environmental problems in its nuclear weapons complex. GAO noted that: (1) the weapons complex faced such serious and costly environmental problems as inactive waste sites requiring cleanup, groundwater and soil contamination, facilities' noncompliance with environmental laws and standards, and delayed opening of a permanent waste r...
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...
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...
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...