Environmental protection (71 - 80 of 107 items)
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...
Hazardous Waste: Improvements Needed in DOD's Contracting System for Disposal of Waste
NSIAD-91-131: Published: Aug 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Defense (DOD) adequately ensured: (1) the capability of transportation and disposal contractors; and (2) that hazardous waste generated by DOD installations reached the proper disposal site.GAO found that: (1) DOD installations arrange for the disposal of certain types of waste, and the Defense Reutilization and Marketin...
Nuclear Waste: Issues Affecting Land Withdrawal of DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Project
T-RCED-91-38: Published: Apr 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). GAO noted that: (1) by fiscal year (FY) 1997, DOE plans to determine whether WIPP meets the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards for disposal of transuranic waste in repositories and plans to obtain a variance or exception from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); (2) DOE postponed plans t...
Environmental Protection: Bibliography of GAO Documents, August 1988-April 1990
RCED-90-228: Published: Sep 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1990.
GAO provided a bibliography of its documents relating to the environment that were issued between August 1988 and April 1990.GAO included references to reports, speeches, testimonies, and other documents, representing the broad interrelationship between environmental protection and such other issues as health, energy, transportation, agriculture, and natural resources...
Hazardous Waste: Fort Benjamin Harrison's Compliance With Environmental Laws
NSIAD-90-88: Published: Mar 28, 1990. Publicly Released: May 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the Army's compliance with environmental laws at Fort Benjamin Harrison, focusing on: (1) landfills leaching into groundwater; (2) air pollution systems for coal-fired boilers; (3) a hazardous waste storage site; and (4) a pesticide storage building.GAO found that: (1) the Army corrected one landfill's erosion and soil cover p...
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...
Superfund: Contractors Are Being Too Liberally Indemnified by the Government
RCED-89-160: Published: Sep 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) Section 119 program for indemnifying Superfund program contractors and subcontractors against liabilities caused by negligence, focusing on: (1) the use of and need for indemnification agreements; (2) claims against those agreements; (3) the pr...