Environmental law (41 - 50 of 94 items)
Hazardous Waste: Much Work Remains to Accelerate Facility Cleanups
RCED-93-15: Published: Jan 19, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) administration of its hazardous waste facility corrective action program, focusing on the: (1) status of the corrective action program; (2) availability of funds for the corrective action program; and (3) effectiveness of data used to determine oversight costs.GAO found that: (1) of the 3,400 facilities s...
Water Resources: Future Needs for Confining Contaminated Sediment in the Great Lakes Region
RCED-92-89: Published: Jul 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the status of the confined disposal facilities (CDF) currently being used in the Great Lakes to store contaminated dredged sediments; (2) the long-term need for CDF in the region; and (3) difficulties in locating sites for future CDF.GAO found that: (1) most federally funded CDF will be filled to capacity by 2006, and funding for new, replacem...
Water Pollution: Alternative Strategies Needed to Reduce Wastewater Treatment Costs
T-RCED-92-84: Published: Aug 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1992.
GAO discussed its report on the states' ability to meet their wastewater treatment needs through state revolving funds (SRF). GAO noted that: (1) the Water Quality Act of 1987 phased out the Environmental Protection Agency's Construction Grants Program and replaced it with a program that authorized states to develop their own SRF programs; (2) SRF are effective for providing a subsidy to local gov...
Hazardous Waste: Impediments Delay Timely Closing and Cleanup of Facilities
RCED-92-84: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) inspection of closing land disposal facilities, focusing on the: (1) enforcement actions taken against facilities found in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and (2) factors delaying the proper closing of those facilities.GAO found that: (1) over a 5-year period, states conduc...
Hudson River Superfund Site
RCED-92-129R: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1992.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decisionmaking process in cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the Hudson River, focusing on: (1) EPA plans to evaluate the effect of permitted PCB releases in the Hudson River; and (2) federal permits for dredging PCB from the Hudson River and selecting a hazardous waste disposal site to hol...
Air Pollution: EPA's Actions to Ensure Vehicle Compliance With Emission Standards
RCED-92-94BR: Published: Jan 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) response to the recommendations made in a previous GAO report regarding the effectiveness of the EPA motor vehicle testing program.GAO found that: (1) EPA indicated overall agreement with the GAO recommendations; (2) the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 addressed some of the recommendations...
Water Pollution: State Revolving Funds Insufficient to Meet Wastewater Treatment Needs
RCED-92-35: Published: Jan 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the states' implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (SRF) Program, which shifts the responsibility for financing wastewater treatment needs to the states and authorizes the federal government to provide SRF capitalization grants for 6 years, focusing on whether: (1) statutory or reg...
Wildlife Protection: Enforcement of Federal Laws Could Be Strengthened
T-RCED-92-26: Published: Feb 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1992.
GAO discussed the: (1) adequacy of federal laws and treaties for protesting fish and wildlife; and (2) extent to which the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) enforces those laws and treaties. GAO noted that: (1) existing federal laws and international treaties generally provide FWS with sufficient authority to protect wildlife, and in those instances where a lack of statutory authority creates enforc...
Water Pollution: Nonindustrial Wastewater Pollution Can Be Better Managed
RCED-92-40: Published: Dec 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the range, sources, and seriousness of pollutants found in nonindustrial wastewater; (2) local and state governments' strategies and programs to better manage and control those pollutants; and (3) federal options that might encourage or require better management and control of those pollutants.GAO found that: (1) household wastewater accounts...
Water Pollution: Stronger Efforts Needed by EPA to Control Toxic Water Pollution
RCED-91-154: Published: Jul 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and states' efforts to implement the Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements for controlling water pollution, focusing on: (1) their efforts to identify waters impaired by toxic pollutants and to develop strategies to control discharges into U.S. waters; and (2) the extent to which existing water pollution con...