Environmental policies (61 - 70 of 113 items)
Superfund: Cleanups Nearing Completion Indicate Future Challenges
RCED-93-188: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) completed Superfund hazardous waste cleanup actions, focusing on the: (1) type and extent of actions taken at those sites; and (2) challenges EPA will face in managing and monitoring these sites.GAO found that: (1) significant amounts of hazardous wastes have been removed or controlled at 149 EPA Superfun...
Superfund: Backlog of Unevaluated Federal Facilities Slows Cleanup Efforts
RCED-93-119: Published: Jul 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and other federal agencies' progress in assessing and evaluating federal facilities with potential hazardous waste contamination.GAO found that: (1) as of December 1992, EPA had evaluated 500 of the 823 potentially contaminated facilities on the docket; (2) the backlog of unevaluated federal facilities co...
Superfund: Progress, Problems, and Reauthorization Issues
T-RCED-93-27: Published: Apr 21, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management and future reauthorization of the Superfund Program. GAO noted that: (1) although the Superfund program has had limited success in cleaning up hazardous waste sites and responding to emergency releases on hazardous substances, EPA needs to address streamlining the cleanup process, controlling program costs, the effectiveness of c...
Military Bases: Transfer of Pease Air Force Base Slowed by Environmental Concerns
NSIAD-93-111FS: Published: Feb 3, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the closure of the Pease Air Force Base, focusing on: (1) the goals and expectations of the closure; and (2) how environmental concerns and conditions have slowed redevelopment.GAO found that: (1) the primary goal of the Air Force was to rapidly transfer the base property to civilian use; (2) the presence of hazardous waste at the base has delayed...
Hazardous Waste: A North Carolina Incinerator's Noncompliance With EPA and OSHA Requirements
RCED-92-78: Published: Jun 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a hazardous waste treatment, storage, and incineration facility in North Carolina, focusing on: (1) the operator's compliance with federal environmental and worker safety laws; (2) federal and state efforts to ensure compliance with federal environmental and worker safety laws; (3) hazardous waste site disposal policies and procedures from the Envi...
Chemical Weapons Disposal
NSIAD-92-219R: Published: May 14, 1992. Publicly Released: May 14, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Army efforts to obtain environmental permits from state regulatory agencies for chemical weapons incineration. GAO found that the: (1) Army continues to experience delays in obtaining two environmental permits; (2) Army continues to encounter delays in the completion of congressionally mandated operational verification tests of the prototype dispos...
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...
Hazardous Waste: Management of Maquiladoras' Waste Hampered by Lack of Information
RCED-92-102: Published: Feb 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared U.S. and Mexican hazardous waste laws and regulations, resources, and enforcement practices, to determine how the generation and disposal of hazardous wastes from maquiladoras, companies that use materials imported into Mexico to produce finished goods for export, is being managed.GAO found that: (1) although U.S. and Mexican laws and regulations p...
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: U.S. and Mexican Management of Hazardous Waste From Maquiladoras Hampered by Lack of Information
T-RCED-92-22: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1991.
GAO discussed the United States' and Mexico's efforts to manage hazardous wastes produced by foreign companies located in Mexico, known as maquiladoras. GAO noted that: (1) maquiladoras are required to ship hazardous wastes to the countries from which they obtain their source material, but waste can remain in Mexico if it can be recycled and reused in accordance with Mexican law; (2) Mexico's Secr...