Hazardous wastes (41 - 50 of 109 items)
Superfund: Techniques to Reduce Legal Expenses Have Not Been Used Often
T-RCED-94-44: Published: Nov 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program, focusing on methods to reduce the costs of resolving liability for hazardous waste site cleanups. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has used settlement tools at only 12 percent of the nonfederal Superfund sites; (2) EPA has not promoted the use of settlement tools at regional offices, since restrictive administrative procedures mak...
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...
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...
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...
Water Pollution: Coordinated Strategy Needed to Address Radioactive and Toxic Wastes in the Massachusetts Bay
T-RCED-92-17: Published: Nov 4, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1991.
GAO discussed the: (1) scope of past dumping activities in the Massachusetts Bay; and (2) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to reassess this issue. GAO noted that: (1) although a 1984 EPA study concluded that radioactive waste dumping occurred primarily in one area of the bay and that those wastes presented no public health risk, environmental groups contended that EPA did not fully ex...
Hazardous Waste: Incinerator Operating Regulations and Related Air Emission Standards
RCED-92-21: Published: Oct 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) differences between hazardous waste incinerators that have received permits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 and those that are allowed to operate for some limited period of time without a permit; and (2) emissions standards in effect for incinerators during and after a particular hazardous was...
National Park Service: Selected Visitor and Cost Data
RCED-91-247FS: Published: Sep 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Park Service's (NPS) operations, focusing on: (1) visitor accidents and fatalities data and criminal offenses reported at the parks; (2) the NPS hazardous waste program; and (3) parks established since 1970 that have, or are projected to have, land acquisition and construction appropriations exceeding $40 million.GAO fou...