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Alaska Native Villages: Most Are Affected by Flooding and Erosion, but Few Qualify for Federal Assistance
GAO-04-142: Published: Dec 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2003.
Approximately 6,600 miles of Alaska's coastline and many of the low-lying areas along the state's rivers are subject to severe flooding and erosion. Most of Alaska's Native villages are located on the coast or on riverbanks. In addition to the many federal and Alaska state agencies that respond to flooding and erosion, Congress established the Denali Commission in 1998 to, among other things, prov...
Hazardous Waste: Unaddressed Risks at Many Potential Superfund Sites
RCED-99-8: Published: Nov 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions, other federal agencies, and states to: (1) determine the number of sites classified as awaiting a National Priorities List (NPL) decision that remain potentially eligible for the list; (2) describe the characteristics of these sites, including their health and environmental risks; (3) determine the sta...
Hazardous Waste: Progress Under the Corrective Action Program Is Limited, but New Initiatives May Accelerate Cleanups
RCED-98-3: Published: Oct 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program, focusing on: (1) the progress made in cleaning up facilities under the program; (2) factors affecting progress; and (3) any initiatives that EPA, the states, and industry have taken to accomplish cleanups.GAO noted that: (1) only about 8 pe...
Superfund: Stronger EPA-State Relationship Can Improve Cleanups and Reduce Costs
RCED-97-77: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: May 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the lessons learned from five states that have had significant experience in leading Superfund cleanups; and (2) how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help to ensure that interested states are successful in their efforts to take on increased Superfund responsibilities.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of GAO's review...
Superfund: State Voluntary Programs Provide Incentives to Encourage Cleanups
RCED-97-66: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: May 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the voluntary cleanup programs that states have created to facilitate privately initiated cleanups, focusing on: (1) the voluntary cleanup programs' accomplishments; (2) these programs' organization, funding, and major characteristics; and (3) the effects of federal hazardous waste policies on voluntary cleanups and the types of federal assistance...
Environmental Protection: Selected Issues Related to EPA's Fiscal Year 1997 Appropriation
T-RCED-96-164: Published: May 1, 1996. Publicly Released: May 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) leaking underground storage tank program. GAO noted that: (1) about 20 percent of over 2 million tanks nationwide have leaks or are leaking; (2) releases have been confirmed in 303,000 leaking tanks, and EPA expects this number to rise as owners and operators upgrade their tanks to current standards; (3)...
Environmental Protection: Status of EPA's Initiatives to Create a New Partnership With States
T-RCED-96-87: Published: Feb 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1996.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) initiatives in response to the National Academy of Public Administration's recommendations to change the nation's approach to environmental protection, focusing on EPA attempts to improve its relationship with states. GAO noted that: (1) EPA plans to create a National Environmental Performance Partnership System, which would fundamentally c...
EPA and the States: Environmental Challenges Require a Better Working Relationship
RCED-95-64: Published: Apr 3, 1995. Publicly Released: May 8, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the difficulties that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states have in implementing federal environmental protection requirements, focusing on the: (1) reasons for these difficulties; and (2) ways EPA and the states can improve their ability to carry out the requirements.GAO found that: (1) most states have had difficulty in impleme...
I&M Program Follow-Up
RCED-94-292R: Published: Sep 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in implementing enhanced inspection and maintenance (I&M) programs under the Clean Air Act. GAO noted that: (1) EPA progress in implementing enhanced I&M programs has been slower than expected; (2) if EPA had met the implementation schedule, it would have approved or disapproved al...
Nuclear Waste: Funds Spent to Identify a Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility Site
RCED-93-199: Published: Sep 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the accounts of the Office of the Nuclear Waste Negotiator to determine if its expenditures are consistent with legislative provisions; and (2) whether Department of Energy (DOE) grants for identifying a volunteer host for a temporary nuclear storage facility are consistent with the monitored retrievable storage (MRS) program's objectives and...