Economic development (51 - 73 of 73 items)
Nuclear Waste: DOE Should Provide More Information on Monitored Retrievable Storage
RCED-87-92: Published: Jun 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans for monitored retrievable storage (MRS) of spent nuclear fuel, focusing on whether the DOE MRS proposal provided Congress with enough information to determine whether to authorize an MRS facility.GAO found that: (1) DOE proposed an MRS system whose principal role would be waste preparation rather than long-te...
Surface Mining: State Management of Abandoned Mine Land Funds
RCED-87-57: Published: Feb 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated how effectively states manage their abandoned mine reclamation funds, specifically whether they: (1) have adequate financial controls to ensure the proper use of reclamation funds; (2) are reclaiming eligible sites in proper priority sequence; (3) are managing projects in accordance with federal procurement, monitoring, and reporting standards;...
Surface Mining: Interior Department and States Could Improve Inspection Programs
RCED-87-40: Published: Dec 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federally approved mine inspection and enforcement programs in four states to determine whether: (1) the states were citing all violations observed during mine inspections; and (2) if the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) sampling process to select mines for review is appro...
Nuclear Waste: Institutional Relations Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
RCED-87-14: Published: Feb 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request to assess the Department of Energy's (DOE) relations with the states and Indian tribes that its Nuclear Waste Repository Program affects, GAO: (1) identified the states' and tribes' concerns with the program, including their level of participation in the decisionmaking process for waste sites; (2) examined the DOE program for involving states and tribes and t...
GAO Work on Nuclear Waste Issue
130597: Jul 31, 1986
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided an overview of its work on the nuclear waste issue; and (2) testified on relations between the Department of Energy (DOE), states, and Indian tribes regarding the waste program. In its previous reports, GAO determined that the DOE: (1) plan for constructing a monitored retrievable storage facility could hinder the repository program's progr...
Surface Mining: Information on Coal Mining Citations Issued by Kentucky Inspectors
RCED-86-180FS: Published: Jun 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined all non-compliance notices and cessation orders Kentucky submitted to the Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in the past year to determine whether Kentucky mining inspectors have failed to issue such citations.GAO found that: (1) 175 inspectors issued 3,986 citations from March 1985 through March 1986; (2)...
Quarterly Report on DOE's Nuclear Waste Program as of March 31, 1986
RCED-86-154FS: Published: Apr 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1986.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO provided its quarterly status report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of its nuclear waste program.GAO found that, during the quarter: (1) the National Academy of Sciences completed its independent review of the methodology DOE used to evaluate and rank first-repository sites and concluded that the methodology was satisfactory and appropria...
Mineral Revenues: Delays in Processing and Disbursing Onshore Oil and Gas Bid Revenues
RCED-86-69: Published: Mar 24, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's procedures for: (1) depositing and processing bid revenues from offshore and onshore competitive oil and gas lease sales; and (2) disbursing onshore bid revenues to the states.GAO found that Interior's procedures and guidelines for depositing and processing offshore bid revenues were adequate, but the procedures for depositing, processing, and disbursi...
Nuclear Waste: Department of Energy's Program for Financial Assistance
RCED-86-4: Published: Apr 1, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1986.
GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) program to provide grants under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, focusing on: (1) DOE decisions on who received grants and for what activities; (2) the level of assistance provided; and (3) DOE grant administration and oversight.The act provides that state and public participation in the nuclear waste repository program is essential to promote pu...
Department of Energy Implementation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
126343: Mar 5, 1985
GAO discussed its recently issued reports on Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to implement the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. In those reports, GAO noted that DOE has made significant progress toward implementing major legislative requirements. However, although DOE is required to make a formal recommendation as to the proposed site for the first nuclear waste repository by January 1, 1985, it does n...
Questions Concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's Construction Grants Program
CED-8-488: Published: Aug 24, 1978. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 1983.
No summary is currently available...
Better Coordination Is Needed Between Pesticide Misuse Enforcement Programs and Programs for Certifying and Training Individuals To Apply Pesticides
RCED-83-169: Published: Jul 1, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1983.
GAO reviewed programs in Illinois and Minnesota under the Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Program to determine whether they are addressing major pesticide misuse problems.GAO found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Illinois, and Minnesota have not linked the certification and training and enforcement programs to deter and reduce pesticide misuse. The review of program...
Opportunity To Improve the Corps of Engineers' Small Projects Programs
121109: Jan 12, 1983
GAO reviewed the Corps of Engineers' Small Projects Programs to determine how frequently such projects lead to solutions of water problems.GAO found that relatively few projects undertaken by the Corps since 1964 through these programs have resulted in projects to solve water problems because local communities did not support the solution. The Corps is spending time and money under the six Small P...
Sharing the Cost of Making Federal Water Project Feasibility Studies
RCED-83-18: Published: Dec 6, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1982.
GAO discussed feasibility studies undertaken by the Federal government to resolve water resources problems and the factors affecting the study outcome. The purpose of the review was to determine how frequently studies did not identify acceptable solutions and why.GAO estimated that, during the past 17 years, Federal agencies have spent about $100 million on water project feasibility studies. In it...
National Park Service Should Negotiate With States To Achieve Concurrent Jurisdiction
117499: Feb 5, 1982
The General Authorities Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to negotiate with States for concurrent jurisdiction in the National Park System. Interior, while commenting on proposed amendments to the General Authorities Act in April 1976, stated that it would be beneficial to relinquish to the States the Federal legislative jurisdiction relative to some areas of the National Park System. I...
River Basin Commissions Have Been Helpful, but Changes Are Needed
CED-81-69: Published: May 28, 1981. Publicly Released: May 28, 1981.
River basin planning should match the needs of water users with the amount of water available irrespective of State boundaries or Federal agency responsibilities. A review was made to determine how successful river basin commissions have been in meeting their legislative objectives of planning and coordinating water resource development.The river basin commissions, as they are now operating, do no...
Information on Questions About the Brush Creek (PA) Sewage Project
CED-80-112: Published: Aug 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1980.
GAO responded to a citizens group and congressional questions raised about the Brush Creek Sewer Project in Marshall Township, Pennsylvania. These questions involved the need and justification for the sewer system, the approval procedures followed by the State and Federal agencies involved, and the economic burden placed on affected residents. It also addressed the question of whether additional F...
Rural Water Problems: An Overview
CED-80-120: Published: Aug 19, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1980.
An overview is presented of the difficulties faced by 28 rural communities in 10 States in obtaining drinking water. Many existing central water systems have deteriorated and need to be repaired or replaced. Other systems need to be expanded. In some areas, additional systems need to be developed. Water shortages have prevented the development or expansion of some central systems, but the most imp...
Contracts To Provide Space in Federal Reservoirs for Future Water Supplies Should Be More Flexible
CED-80-78: Published: May 16, 1980. Publicly Released: May 16, 1980.
As part of its ongoing effort to contribute to a better understanding of, and timely consideration of, ways to solve the key water problems facing the Nation, GAO reviewed Federal contracting procedures for municipal water supply storage at Federal reservoirs and the need to include cost estimates for transporting such water to the user's treatment facilities. The Water Supply Act of 1958 authoriz...
Functions, Activities, and Utility of the Three Interstate Marine Fisheries Commissions
CED-79-46: Published: Feb 26, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1979.
Eight Regional Fishery Management Councils were established in 1976 to create a system of fisheries management for the Fishery Conservation Zone in cooperation with the Department of Commerce and the states. In order to serve the states by advocating state interests and coordinating interstate research and territorial sea fisheries management efforts, the following Marine Fisheries Commissions wer...
Improvements Needed by the Water Resources Council and River Basin Commissions to Achieve the Objectives of the Water Resources Planning Act of 1965
CED-78-1: Published: Oct 31, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1977.
Twelve years after the passage of the Water Resources Planning Act of 1965, only limited progress has been made in carrying out its purposes. None of the river basin commissions, for example, has completed a comprehensive water plan for its entire region. Although the Water Resources Council is required to review these plans, it still has not determined how it will conduct the reviews nor has it r...
Federal Interests Should Receive More Consideration under the Forest Highway Program
CED-77-130: Published: Oct 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1977.
The Forest Highway Program, as currently administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) and the Forest Service, is not meeting the Forest Service's needs for managing the national forest resources.Forest highways total about 22,000 miles and are of special federal interest because they link the national forests to the federal-aid highway system. Congress, in establishing the Forest High...
Adequacy of Controls for the Reclamation of Lands Mined for Noncoal Minerals
CED-77-72: Published: May 17, 1977. Publicly Released: May 17, 1977.
A need exists for more complete information on the mining of noncoal minerals in order to formulate Federal regulations governing such mining. A survey was conducted to observe the effects of mining operations for uranium, copper, phosphate, limestone, molybdenum, and iron at a number of active and abandoned surface and underground mining sites in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Wyomin...