Hazardous substances (61 - 70 of 110 items)
Nuclear Waste: DOE Assistance in Funding Route Improvements to Waste Isolation Plant
RCED-92-65FS: Published: Jan 14, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether the Department of Energy (DOE) has fulfilled its agreements with New Mexico to assist it in obtaining federal funds to improve roads in connection with the DOE Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).GAO found that: (1) since 1981, DOE has agreed to support the state in obtaining $100 million in federal funds to improve existing s...
Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Minimize Cleanup Delays at the Clark Fork Sites
RCED-92-20: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the progress and problems of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites in Montana, focusing on the: (1) extent and cost of cleanup work; (2) adequacy of cleanup plans; and (3) effectiveness of EPA efforts to recover cleanup costs.GAO found that: (1) only 2 of the 4 sites' 23 operable units have been clean...
Indoor Air Pollution: Federal Efforts Are Not Effectively Addressing a Growing Problem
RCED-92-8: Published: Oct 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal and state efforts to address indoor air pollution, focusing on: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); (2) seven other federal agencies; and (3) eight states with active indoor air pollution programs.GAO found that: (1) in implementing a provision of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), EPA issued...
Hazardous Materials: 1990 Transportation Uniform Safety Act--Status of DOT Implementing Actions
RCED-92-55BR: Published: Nov 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) implementation of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990 (HMTUSA).GAO found that: (1) action to implement HMTUSA is either in process or planned for all sections except one that has been completed; (2) DOT officials stated that they lacked sufficient fu...
Superfund: Public Health Assessments Incomplete and of Questionable Value
RCED-91-178: Published: Aug 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the quality and usefulness of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) health assessments of Superfund sites.GAO held that: (1) the quality of ATSDR health assessments suffered due to legislation requiring ATSDR to complete assessments for 951 sites in a little over 2 years; (2) although ATSDR met the deadline, it did so by la...
Pesticides: EPA's Repeat Emergency Exemptions May Provide Potential for Abuse
T-RCED-91-83: Published: Jul 23, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) administration of the emergency-use exemption provision of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, which allows states and federal agencies to use unregistered pesticides in an emergency without having to go through the EPA registration process. GAO noted that: (1) since 1978, EPA has granted over 4,000 specific and crisis u...
Nuclear Waste: Pretreatment Modifications at DOE Hanford's B Plant Should Be Stopped
RCED-91-165: Published: Jun 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to modify its Hanford Site B Plant in Washington to pretreat mixed high-level radioactive waste before the vitrification process to turn it into glass.GAO found that: (1) although DOE was aware that the plant had not met specific federal or DOE regulations since 1987, it failed to timely discuss the compliance...
SARA Capacity Assurance: Data Problems Underlying the 1989 State Assessments
T-PEMD-91-4: Published: May 2, 1991. Publicly Released: May 2, 1991.
GAO discussed aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) hazardous waste reporting system that were likely to affect the effectiveness of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) capacity assurance assessments, focusing on the: (1) definitions of information requirements; (2) quality of measurement; and (3) data collection methods used. GAO noted that: (1) EPA system...
Underground Petroleum Tanks: Owners' Ability to Comply With EPA's Financial Responsibility Requirements
RCED-90-167FS: Published: Jul 9, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1990.
GAO reviewed information from telephone surveys of state officials and insurance companies, regarding the ability of small firms owning petroleum tanks to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) financial responsibility requirements by the 1991 deadlines.GAO found that: (1) according to EPA, hundreds of thousands of underground petroleum tanks have corroded and are leaking; (2) EPA regula...
Hazardous Waste: Fort Benjamin Harrison's Compliance With Environmental Laws
NSIAD-90-88: Published: Mar 28, 1990. Publicly Released: May 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the Army's compliance with environmental laws at Fort Benjamin Harrison, focusing on: (1) landfills leaching into groundwater; (2) air pollution systems for coal-fired boilers; (3) a hazardous waste storage site; and (4) a pesticide storage building.GAO found that: (1) the Army corrected one landfill's erosion and soil cover p...