Waste management (61 - 70 of 118 items)
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...
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...
Hazardous Waste: Management Problems Continue at Overseas Military Bases
NSIAD-91-231: Published: Aug 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed hazardous waste management at the Department of Defense's (DOD) overseas installations, focusing on whether DOD bases overseas were protecting humans and the environment.GAO found that: (1) due to unclear and outdated DOD policy and service regulations, it was difficult to determine the extent to which overseas bases should comply with U.S. laws wh...
Solid Waste: Trade-offs Involved in Beverage Container Deposit Legislation
RCED-91-25: Published: Nov 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential effects of a national beverage container deposit law.GAO found that: (1) beverage industry representatives reported that the capital and operating costs to implement deposit systems would hurt retailers and distributors because of additional transportation, storage, and labor costs; (2) beverage and container manufactur...
Coast Guard: Additional Efforts Needed to Clean Up Hazardous Waste Sites
RCED-90-164: Published: Jul 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Coast Guard's progress in carrying out its statutory environmental responsibilities.GAO found that: (1) since 1987, the Coast Guard has identified many additional potential hazardous waste locations; (2) the Coast Guard estimated that of the 20 locations requiring cleanup, relatively minor action at 16 locations will cost about $...
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...
Hazardous Waste: EPA's Generation and Management Data Need Further Improvement
PEMD-90-3: Published: Feb 9, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to improve the quality of information it collected on hazardous waste generation and management capacity.GAO found that EPA: (1) initiated 13 efforts to improve its previous data collection efforts, which primarily relied on joint federal-state programs that sometimes produced inconsistent, flawe...