Environmental monitoring (71 - 80 of 129 items)
Ecosystem Management: Additional Actions Needed to Adequately Test a Promising Approach
RCED-94-111: Published: Aug 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal efforts to implement an ecosystem management approach, focusing on the: (1) additional actions that are needed to implement the approach; and (2) barriers to governmentwide implementation.GAO found that: (1) all four of the federal land management agencies plan to develop and implement ecosystem approaches to managing their lands and natura...
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...
Pesticides on Farms: Limited Capability Exists to Monitor Occupational Illnesses and Injuries
PEMD-94-6: Published: Dec 15, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal and state efforts to monitor occupational illnesses resulting from exposure to pesticides on farms, focusing on whether federal and state monitoring systems provide sufficient information on pesticide-related illnesses in the farm sector.GAO found that: (1) although numerous federal and state systems provide information on acute pesticide-r...
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...
Superfund: Cleanups Nearing Completion, Future Challenges, and Possible Cleanup Approaches
T-RCED-93-69: Published: Sep 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in cleaning up hazardous waste sites, focusing on: (1) future site clean-up challenges; and (2) possible clean-up approaches. GAO noted that: (1) EPA and responsible parties have removed significant amounts of hazardous waste from 149 sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) or reported as construction-complete; (2) EPA could be...
Superfund: Cleanups Nearing Completion Indicate Future Challenges
RCED-93-188: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) completed Superfund hazardous waste cleanup actions, focusing on the: (1) type and extent of actions taken at those sites; and (2) challenges EPA will face in managing and monitoring these sites.GAO found that: (1) significant amounts of hazardous wastes have been removed or controlled at 149 EPA Superfun...
Oil Spill Prevention: Progress Made in Developing Alaska Demonstration Programs
RCED-93-178: Published: Aug 5, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the effectiveness and management of two Alaska oil spill demonstration programs, focusing on whether: (1) the programs have increased citizen, industry, and government awareness of environmental issues; and (2) policies and procedures have been established that encourage cooperation and foster successful long-term partnerships.GAO...
National Water-Quality Assessment: Geological Survey Faces Formidable Data Management Challenges
IMTEC-93-30: Published: Jun 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment Program's (NAWQA) efforts to obtain and use water-quality data.GAO found that: (1) the NAWQA program has sought ways to cooperate and share related data with other federal, state, and local agencies to offset the expense of collecting, analyzing, and storing water-quality data an...
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...