Waste management (81 - 90 of 103 items)
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...
Hazardous Waste: Enforcement of Certification Requirements for Land Disposal Facilities
RCED-87-60BR: Published: Jan 27, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) enforcement of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's certification requirements for owners of hazardous waste land disposal facilities operating under interim status.GAO found that EPA: (1) targeted facilities for priority inspection or review on the basis of indications that the facilities mig...
Hazardous Waste: EPA Has Made Limited Progress in Determining the Wastes To Be Regulated
RCED-87-27: Published: Dec 23, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to: (1) determine which wastes are hazardous; and (2) produce a biennial report on the types and amounts of hazardous wastes the United States generates, treats, stores, and disposes of nationwide.GAO found that: (1) EPA has met some of the deadlines Congress set for considering additional char...
Hazardous Waste: EPA's Superfund Program Improvements Result in Fewer Stopgap Cleanups
RCED-86-204: Published: Aug 15, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the number and cost of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) repeat cleanup actions at priority sites; (2) whether EPA is performing more thorough cleanups at priority hazardous waste sites; and (3) whether EPA has changed its removal operating policies and procedures since February 1985.In February 1985, GAO recommended that EPA revise...
Hazardous Waste: Selected Aspects of Cleanup Plan for Rocky Mountain Arsenal
NSIAD-86-205BR: Published: Aug 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the cost and economic assumptions in the Army's June 1986 draft plan to accelerate the cleanup of an arsenal near Denver, Colorado.GAO found that the Army: (1) provided well-documented cost and economic assumptions for the types of cleanup activities considered; (2) used the Office of Management and Budget's inflation rate to proj...
Hazardous Waste: Responsible Party Clean Up Efforts Require Improved Oversight
RCED-86-123: Published: May 6, 1986. Publicly Released: May 6, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed cleanup activities at priority hazardous waste sites, specifically: (1) the number, estimated value, and purpose of settlement agreements between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and responsible parties; and (2) how well EPA is overseeing responsible-party compliance with the settlement terms.GAO found that: (1) approximately half of th...
Hazardous Waste Management at Tinker Air Force Base--Problems Noted, Improvements Needed
NSIAD-85-91: Published: Jul 19, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed hazardous waste management practices at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma.GAO found that: (1) the base has been selling, transferring, or disposing of hazardous wastes rather than recycling them, as required by Department of Defense (DOD) waste management policies; (2) an industrial waste treatment plant at the base was not being used to full c...
EPA's Preliminary Estimates of Future Hazardous Waste Cleanup Costs Are Uncertain
RCED-84-152: Published: May 7, 1984. Publicly Released: May 16, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Task Force Preliminary Assessment study on what resources are needed to clean up the worst uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.The preliminary EPA study reported that 1,400 to 2,200 hazardous waste sites may require cleanup as National Priority List (NPL) sites and that the federal government...
Cleaning Up Hazardous Wastes: An Overview of Superfund Reauthorization Issues
RCED-85-69: Published: Mar 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1985.
GAO reported on Superfund issues, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.GAO found that the cost and scope of the hazardous waste problem, the degree of health risks involved, and the cost of correcting these problems are unknown. Under the act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no mandate to set nationwide cleanup standards or oversee state...
Reports on Superfund Reauthorization Issues
126382: Mar 7, 1985
GAO discussed the Superfund program and the extent of the hazardous waste problem, the status of cleanup efforts, and the projected cost of cleaning up hazardous waste sites. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that the number of sites listed for priority cleanup would be about 1,500 to 2,500 over the next few years and that the estimated cost would range from $7.6 billion to $22.7...