Environmental protection (61 - 70 of 107 items)
High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management
HR-95-12: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management of the Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) EPA use of program funds; (2) the EPA priority setting system; and (3) EPA contract management.GAO found that: (1) EPA has directed more funds to its hazardous waste cleanup efforts; (2) the administration has established a senior level task force to develop a prioritizing method based on...
Superfund: Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues
T-RCED-94-250: Published: Jun 24, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1994.
GAO discussed Superfund reauthorization and risk prioritization. GAO noted that: (1) the Superfund reauthorization bill clearly makes significant advances over the existing Superfund legislation; (2) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to consider the risks to human health and the environment when prioritizing sites for cleanup; (3) EPA could recover more of its cleanup and oversight c...
Environmental Cleanup: Too Many High Priority Sites Impede DOD's Program
NSIAD-94-133: Published: Apr 21, 1994. Publicly Released: May 4, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental cleanup program, focusing on: (1) DOD progress in its cleanup efforts and its estimated costs; (2) DOD plans for completing the cleanup at high priority installations; and (3) the factors that have affected the cleanup of high priority sites.GAO found that: (1) as of September 1993, DOD has spent $3.7...
Superfund: Risk Assessment Process and Issues
T-RCED-93-74: Published: Sep 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) risk assessment process for Superfund hazardous waste sites, focusing on: (1) human health risks posed by Superfund sites; and (2) the assumptions and calculations used in risk assessments. GAO noted that: (1) EPA Superfund risk assessment is a 3-step process that evaluates exposure and toxicity risks, and estimates potential health risks;...
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...
Ohio Hazardous Waste Incinerator
RCED-92-265R: Published: Sep 21, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approval of the construction of a hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio. GAO noted that: (1) Ohio, which has primary responsibility in regulating the facility, considered such siting criteria as floodplain and seismic restrictions, population density, property values, and h...
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 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...
Hudson River Superfund Site
RCED-92-129R: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1992.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decisionmaking process in cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the Hudson River, focusing on: (1) EPA plans to evaluate the effect of permitted PCB releases in the Hudson River; and (2) federal permits for dredging PCB from the Hudson River and selecting a hazardous waste disposal site to hol...