Environmental law (31 - 40 of 94 items)
Hazardous Waste: Benefits of EPA's Information System Are Limited
AIMD-95-167: Published: Aug 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (RCRIS) is meeting its primary objectives and its effect on implementation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).GAO found that: (1) RCRIS does not meet its overall goal of helping EPA and the states manage the haz...
Air Pollution: EPA Data Gathering Efforts Would Have Imposed a Burden on States
AIMD-95-160: Published: Aug 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1995.
GAO reviewed selected data collection and reporting requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, focusing on whether: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) planned state emissions reporting requirements exceed its program needs; and (2) states use the EPA Aerometric Information Retrieval System (AIRS) to monitor emissions data.GAO found that: (1) EPA draft regulation would have req...
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...
[Comments on EPA Authority to Exempt Clean-Fuel Vehicles from Transportation Control Measures]
B-255548: Published: Oct 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on whether the Clean Air Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) exempt clean fuel fleet vehicles from state-imposed high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane restrictions; and (2) establish standards for Inherently Low Emission Vehicles (ILEV) for the purpose of giving ILEV relief from HOV restrictions.GAO found that EPA is: (1)...
Endangered Species: Federal Actions to Protect Sacramento River Salmon
RCED-94-243: Published: Aug 15, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) efforts to protect Sacramento River chinook salmon, focusing on how NMFS actions have affected: (1) the Central Valley Project (CVP); and (2) two nonfederal irrigation districts that divert water from the river.GAO found that: (1) in 1992, NMFS advised the Bureau of Reclamation of needed...
Relative Risk in Superfund
RCED-94-233R: Published: Jun 17, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Superfund Program, focusing on whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prioritizes hazardous waste sites by their health risks. GAO noted that: (1) EPA headquarters leaves prioritizing to its regions which have not implemented the worst-sites-first policy; (2) EPA regions base their decisions for including sites on the National Priori...
Air Pollution: Regional Approaches Are Needed to Protect Visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas
T-RCED-94-102: Published: Apr 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1994.
GAO discussed federal and state efforts to address the visibility problems caused by air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas. GAO noted that: (1) efforts to control air pollution from individual sources near park and wilderness areas have had only a limited impact and are costly and difficult to implement; (2) some pollution sources are exempt from program requirements either because...
Environmental Infrastructure: Effects of Limits on Certain Tax-Exempt Bonds
RCED-94-2: Published: Oct 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of the volume cap on state and local investment in environmental infrastructure, focusing on: (1) national investment in drinking water, wastewater treatment, and solid waste facilities; and (2) the cap's effect on private companies' investments in those facilities.GAO found that: (1) the volume cap has not reduced nationwide investment...
Air Pollution: State Planning Requirements Will Continue to Challenge EPA and the States
RCED-93-113: Published: Jun 11, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) responsiveness of the states to requirements in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 that they submit revisions to their state implementation plans (SIP) for improving air quality; and (2) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) timeliness in reviewing and approving these plans.GAO found that: (1) delays continue in the states' submissions...