Environmental policies (51 - 60 of 143 items)
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...
Impact on Status of Capping Superfund Sites
RCED-96-106R: Published: Mar 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on eight states' ability to take on the tasks and costs of cleaning up hazardous waste sites not on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priorities List (NPL). GAO noted that: (1) if Congress enacts pending legislation capping the number of Superfund sites that EPA can add to NPL, the 8 states could become responsible fo...
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...
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...
Superfund: Information on Operations and Maintenance Activities and Costs
T-RCED-95-201: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Superfund operations and maintenance (O&M) activities and costs, focusing on the: (1) extent to which O&M activities are necessary at National Priority List sites; (2) projected costs of O&M activities; and (3) Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) actions to ensure that sites requiring O&M continue to protect human health and the environment. G...
Environmental Protection: Current Environmental Challenges Require New Approaches
T-RCED-95-190: Published: May 17, 1995. Publicly Released: May 17, 1995.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management and direction, focusing on: (1) EPA ability to target its resources to the highest environmental priorities; and (2) the relationship between EPA and the states. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has not been able to prioritize and target its resources efficiently because it does not have an overarching legislative mission and its environm...
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...
Environmental Protection: Challenges in Defense Environmental Program Management
T-NSIAD-95-121: Published: Mar 24, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1995.
GAO discussed the overall status of the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental program, focusing on actions that need to be taken to enhance the program's success. GAO noted that: (1) although DOD has revised its environmental strategy to expedite cleanup efforts, implemented a program that prevents rather than controls pollution, identified nearly 28,000 potentially contaminated sites, and h...
Water Pollution: Information on the Use of Alternative Wastewater Treatment Systems
RCED-94-109: Published: Sep 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether wastewater treatment costs could be reduced by using alternative treatment systems, focusing on: (1) whether cost-effective alternatives to conventional wastewater treatment systems exist; (2) the barriers that limit the use of these alternatives; and (3) how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is addressing the development of future...