Environmental law (21 - 30 of 61 items)
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act: Inspections of Facilities Treating and Using Hazardous Waste Fuels Show Some Noncompliance
RCED-96-211: Published: Aug 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on five states' cement production facility inspections, focusing on their compliance with various Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations for processing hazardous waste fuels.GAO found that: (1) there was at least one minor violation of treatment, storage, and disposal regulations at 23 of the cement production facilities rev...
Environmental Protection: Status of Defense Initiatives for Cleanup, Compliance, and Technology
NSIAD-96-155: Published: Aug 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental cleanup, compliance, and technology activities.GAO found that: (1) recent DOD initiatives affecting environmental cleanup include efforts to focus funding on actual cleanup, instead of study and oversight, better target funds through the use of risk determination, and devolve the budget...
Time and Cost Limits on Superfund Removals
RCED-96-195R: Published: Jun 10, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether: (1) changes to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act's time and cost limits would ease constraints on non-time-critical removals; and (2) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that limits on non-time-critical removal actions are necessary or appropriate. GAO noted that: (1) mo...
Superfund: Number of Potentially Responsible Parties at Superfund Sites Is Difficult to Determine
RCED-96-75: Published: Mar 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the parties responsible for contaminating sites on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priorities List (NPL), focusing on the number of: (1) de minimis parties that may have contributed only a relatively small amount of contamination at nonfederal NPL sites; and (2) potentially responsible parties at nonfederal munic...
Environmental Protection Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-97
IAP-95-23: Published: Sep 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Environmental Protection issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 through 1997.GAO plans to: (1) provide information to aid Congress in reauthorizing and allocating funds to Superfund; (2) identify ways to improve the design and management of waste programs; (3) aid Congress in its oversight of control measures adopted under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990; (4) assess states' p...
Environmental Cleanup: Supplemental Case Studies of High Priority DOD Installations
NSIAD-95-8: Published: Nov 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1994.
GAO provided cases studies on six Department of Defense (DOD) installations' environmental cleanup efforts in this supplement to an earlier report, GAO/NSIAD-94-133, and addressing the: (1) status of the restoration program; (2) cost of cleanup to date; (3) cleanup options considered; (4) option selected; (5) expected completion; and (6) applicable standards.GAO found that: (1) DOD's environmental...
Pollution Prevention: Status of DOD's Efforts
NSIAD-95-13: Published: Nov 9, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Department of Defense's (DOD) pollution prevention efforts, focusing on the: (1) extent to which DOD collects and reports information on its toxic chemical inventories and releases; (2) progress DOD has made in reducing the use of toxic chemicals; (3) problems that hinder DOD efforts to reduce the use of toxic chemi...
Hazardous Waste: Issues Pertaining to an Incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio
RCED-94-101: Published: Sep 9, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) issues concerning the operational control and ownership of a hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio; (2) whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio have complied with regulations for approving and modifying incinerator permits; and (3) EPA ability to ensure that human health and the environment are protected during...
Relative Risk in Superfund
RCED-94-233R: Published: Jun 17, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Superfund Program, focusing on whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prioritizes hazardous waste sites by their health risks. GAO noted that: (1) EPA headquarters leaves prioritizing to its regions which have not implemented the worst-sites-first policy; (2) EPA regions base their decisions for including sites on the National Priori...
Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Reduce Responsible Parties' Legal Expenses
T-RCED-93-73: Published: Sep 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1993.
GAO discussed possible ways to reduce the costs of resolving liability for hazardous waste cleanup in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program, focusing on EPA use of: (1) de minimis settlements for parties that contribute comparatively small amounts of low-toxicity waste; (2) nonbinding allocations of responsibility (NBAR) for clean-up costs; (3) mixed-funding agreements betw...