Hazardous substances (31 - 40 of 110 items)
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...
Superfund: State Voluntary Programs Provide Incentives to Encourage Cleanups
RCED-97-66: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: May 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the voluntary cleanup programs that states have created to facilitate privately initiated cleanups, focusing on: (1) the voluntary cleanup programs' accomplishments; (2) these programs' organization, funding, and major characteristics; and (3) the effects of federal hazardous waste policies on voluntary cleanups and the types of federal assistance...
Chemical Accident Safety: EPA's Responsibilities for Preparedness, Response, and Prevention
PEMD-96-3: Published: Jun 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) role in implementing a national chemical accident safety policy, focusing on: (1) trends in chemical accident occurrence and impact; (2) EPA chemical accident preparedness activities; (3) the effectiveness of EPA response to chemical accidents; and (4) EPA actions to help prevent chemical accidents.GAO found that: (1) although chemical accid...
State Cleanup Standards
RCED-96-98R: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: May 7, 1996.
GAO provided information about 21 states' standards for the cleanup of soil and groundwater at Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) whether states base their standards on estimates of health risks; (2) how the standards compare with corresponding federal standards; and (3) whether the states adjust the standards for site-specific conditions. GAO noted that: (1) 20 of the 21 states with such standards...
Superfund: Implications of Key Reauthorization Issues
T-RCED-96-145: Published: May 3, 1996. Publicly Released: May 3, 1996.
GAO discussed how the proposed Accelerated Cleanup and Environmental Restoration Act would affect the Superfund Program's reauthorization. GAO noted that the legislation would: (1) require that cleanups comply only with standards that pertain to hazardous waste cleanups, rather than with water quality standards; (2) allow states to define their own standards and permit the Environmental Protection...
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)...
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...
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...
Environmental Protection Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-23(4): Published: Oct 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Environmental Protection issue area as of October 2, 1995...
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...