Environmental law (71 - 80 of 94 items)
Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Owners' Ability to Comply With Federal Financial Responsibility Requirements
T-RCED-90-29: Published: Feb 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1990.
GAO discussed legislative requirements intended to ensure that underground petroleum tank owners had the resources to clean up tank leaks and compensate anyone harmed by leaks. GAO noted that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grouped firms owning underground petroleum storage tanks into four categories and phased in its financial responsibility requirements over 2 years; (2) more insu...
Transportation Noise: Federal Control and Abatement Responsibilities May Need to Be Revised
RCED-90-11: Published: Oct 12, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined aircraft, highway, and railroad noise, focusing on the: (1) extent of the transportation noise problem; (2) status of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) noise control activities and plans when it eliminated its program; and (3) current federal, state, and local noise control activities.GAO found that: (1) an estimated 3.2 million people li...
Air Pollution: EPA's Efforts to Control Gasoline Vapors From Motor Vehicles
RCED-90-21: Published: Oct 6, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to control motor vehicle emissions of gasoline vapors, focusing on whether EPA: (1) could lower gasoline volatility immediately; and (2) adequately addressed concerns regarding the safety of onboard emissions controls and the feasibility of vapor recovery equipment for service station pumps.GAO f...
Implications of State Cleanups of Hazardous Waste Sites on Federal Policy
T-RCED-90-5: Published: Nov 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1989.
GAO reviewed state cleanups of hazardous waste sites not included under the federal Superfund program, focusing on: (1) state cleanup progress; (2) whether state cleanup levels and remedies met Superfund standards; and (3) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed policy to turn over cleanup of some Superfund sites to states. GAO found that: (1) although most states have accomplished fe...
Hazardous Waste: EPA Cleanup Requirements--DOD Versus Private Entities
NSIAD-89-144: Published: Jul 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the overlapping requirements of two environmental laws caused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have higher cleanup standards for Department of Defense (DOD) installations with hazardous waste sites than for private sites.GAO found that: (1) DOD installations with both active and inactive hazardous waste sites could be subject to...
[Comments on EPA Authority to Designate or Redesignate Nonattainment Areas]
B-208593.6: Published: Dec 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO responded to objections that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised in response to a GAO analysis of EPA authority to designate or redesignate certain areas of pollution nonattainment under the Clean Air Act. GAO believes that its opinion was not wrong in any respect...
Superfund: Missed Statutory Deadlines Slow Progress in Environmental Programs
RCED-89-27: Published: Nov 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed compliance with deadlines in the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), specifically to: (1) catalog the SARA deadlines from the date of enactment through December 31, 1991; and (2) determine compliance with deadlines through March 31, 1989.GAO found that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for 78 of...
Water Pollution: Stronger Enforcement Needed To Improve Compliance at Federal Facilities
RCED-89-13: Published: Dec 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed: (1) federal facilities' compliance with the Water Pollution Control Act; and (2) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and states' oversight and enforcement of the facilities' compliance with the act.GAO found that: (1) most federal facilities did not comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program priority req...
Water Pollution: More EPA Action Needed to Improve the Quality of Heavily Polluted Waters
RCED-89-38: Published: Jan 6, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region X to determine: (1) how well EPA and the states implemented Clean Water Act requirements to clean up rivers that did not meet water quality standards after construction of treatment plants; and (2) what actions EPA and Oregon took to set stricter pollution limits on the Tualatin and South Umpqua...
Air Pollution: EPA's Ozone Policy Is a Positive Step but Needs More Legal Authority
RCED-89-28: Published: Nov 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the legality of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed ozone policy, focusing on: (1) legal and other problems EPA might encounter in implementing the policy; and (2) whether the policy would correct problems associated with past ozone programs.GAO found that, under the proposed policy, EPA would: (1) extend from 3 to 5 years the d...