Environmental monitoring (51 - 60 of 129 items)
Environmental Protection: Status of Defense Initiatives for Cleanup, Technology, and Compliance
NSIAD-97-126: Published: May 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental mission, focusing on: (1) the time lag between obligations and expenditures for environmental cleanup and its impact on achieving actual cleanup; (2) the basis for funding overseas cleanup; (3) DOD's proposal to enter into multistate cooperative agreements for technology certificat...
EPA: New Motor Vehicles and New Motor Vehicle Engines Air Pollution Control--Voluntary Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles
OGC-97-45: Published: Jun 20, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agnecy's (EPA) new rule on new motor vehicles and new motor vehicle engine air pollution control. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would provide the main regulatory framework for the National Low Emission Vehicle program and create the means whereby automobile and light-duty truck manufacturers can volunteer to comply wit...
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...
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)...
Water Pollution: Many Violations Have Not Received Appropriate Enforcement Attention
RCED-96-23: Published: Mar 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in ensuring that facilities comply with federal pollutant discharge requirements, focusing on: (1) the frequency of facilities' violations; (2) the limitations of EPA systems and the effects of these limitations; and (3) EPA plans to correct these facilities.GAO found that EPA: (1) compliance dat...
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...
Water Pollution: Differences Among the States in Issuing Permits Limiting the Discharge of Pollutants
RCED-96-42: Published: Jan 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to permit municipal wastewater treatment facilities to discharge pollutants into surface waters, focusing on: (1) differences in how EPA and the states control discharges of specific pollutants; and (2) EPA oversight of state water quality standards and policies.GAO found that: (1) controls over the discharge of pollutants in surfa...
Flexibility in the Safe Drinking Water Act
RCED-96-12R: Published: Nov 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states, and public water systems have been able to use the flexibility contained in the Safe Drinking Water Act to reduce compliance costs. GAO noted that: (1) the act and EPA regulations provide the flexibility necessary for state water systems to reduce their compliance costs; (2)...
Superfund: Operations and Maintenance Activities Will Require Billions of Dollars
RCED-95-259: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1995.
GAO reviewed operations and maintenance (O&M) activities at former or current National Priorities List (NPL) Superfund sites where remediation construction has been completed, focusing on the: (1) extent to which O&M activities are necessary at Superfund sites; (2) costs to the federal government, states, and responsible parties to perform these activities now and in the future; and (3) Environmen...