Superfund (51 - 60 of 65 items)
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...
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...
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...
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 (...
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...
Superfund Contracts: EPA's Procedures for Preventing Conflicts of Interest Need Strengthening
RCED-89-57: Published: Feb 17, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) system for preventing conflicts of interest among its Superfund contractors.GAO found that: (1) prior to 1988, EPA did little before contract award to determine whether its Superfund contractors had procedures to prevent conflicts of interest; (2) although EPA periodically reviewed its...
Superfund De Minimis Settlements
T-RCED-88-46: Published: Jun 20, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1988.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) implementation of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 focusing on EPA de minimis settlement activities at two Superfund sites. GAO noted that the de minimis settlements involve parties that have caused a relatively small share of the pollution at the nation's worst hazardous waste sites. GAO found that EPA: (1) reached...
Hazardous Waste: Corrective Action Cleanups Will Take Years To Complete
RCED-88-48: Published: Dec 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to implement the corrective action provisions of the 1984 amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), to determine: (1) the number of hazardous waste facilities requiring corrective action; (2) the length of time it would take to implement the corrective action; (3)...
Hazardous Waste: Uncertainties of Existing Data
PEMD-87-11BR: Published: Feb 18, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO addressed the issue of whether future treatment, storage, and disposal capacities will be quantitatively adequate to manage the volume of hazardous wastes being generated.GAO found that, after reviewing approximately 90 studies and documents, there were significant data gaps, methodological problems, and other issues that precluded it from: (1) relying u...
The Superfund Videotape: Broadcasting to the Congress
129473: Jan 1, 1986
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 21, Issue 1, Winter 1986, discusses the use of audiovisual aids to broadcast information involving ways to improve Superfund hazardous waste cleanup efforts. GAO was concerned that its views on the reauthorization of Superfund might only reach legislative and oversight congressional committees; therefore, it sought additional ways to communicate...