Natural resources (51 - 58 of 58 items)
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act: 1984 Implementation Status, Progress, and Problems
RCED-85-100: Published: Sep 30, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1985.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in implementing the act, focusing on: (1) the DOE approach to selecting a waste disposal site; (2) DOE negotiations with states and Indian tribes for consultation and cooperation agreements; and (3) DOE planning for monitored retrievable spent fuel storage (MRS).GAO found th...
Sharing the Cost of Making Federal Water Project Feasibility Studies
RCED-83-18: Published: Dec 6, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1982.
GAO discussed feasibility studies undertaken by the Federal government to resolve water resources problems and the factors affecting the study outcome. The purpose of the review was to determine how frequently studies did not identify acceptable solutions and why.GAO estimated that, during the past 17 years, Federal agencies have spent about $100 million on water project feasibility studies. In it...
Interior Should Help States Assess Mineral Tax Programs
EMD-82-48: Published: Jun 16, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1982.
An earlier GAO report assessed the impact of Federal and State taxes on the domestic minerals industry and found that their tax actions can have a significant effect on the production as well as the profitability of the domestic minerals industry. It was concluded that institutional means should be considered for better harmonizing Federal and State tax policy with national mineral production obje...
Are Agencies Doing Enough or Too Much for Archeological Preservation? Guidance Needed
CED-81-61: Published: Apr 22, 1981. Publicly Released: May 4, 1981.
Congress has passed the National Historic Preservation Act Amendments to provide additional guidance and clarification to the National Preservation Program. The amendments give the Secretary of the Interior the authority to waive the 1-percent limitation on the use of project funds to defray the costs of data recovery, increase the role of state historic preservation programs, and clarify federal...
Many Water Quality Standard Violations May Not Be Significant Enough To Justify Costly Preventive Actions
CED-80-86: Published: Jul 2, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 1980.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers a Construction Grants Program under the Water Pollution Control Act to restore and maintain the quality of the Nation's waters. EPA estimates that $10 billion will be needed through the year 2000 to construct advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) facilities for municipal sewage for the program. GAO discussed wastewater treatment with federal and...
Review of the President's June 6, 1978, Water Policy Message
CED-79-2: Published: Nov 6, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1978.
The President's June 6, 1978, water policy message contained the following objectives: improved planning and efficient management of federal water programs to permit the construction of water projects that are cost effective, safe, and environmentally sound; a new national emphasis on water conservation; enhanced federal and state cooperation; and increased attention to environmental quality. He a...
Federal Interests Should Receive More Consideration under the Forest Highway Program
CED-77-130: Published: Oct 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1977.
The Forest Highway Program, as currently administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) and the Forest Service, is not meeting the Forest Service's needs for managing the national forest resources.Forest highways total about 22,000 miles and are of special federal interest because they link the national forests to the federal-aid highway system. Congress, in establishing the Forest High...
Adequacy of Controls for the Reclamation of Lands Mined for Noncoal Minerals
CED-77-72: Published: May 17, 1977. Publicly Released: May 17, 1977.
A need exists for more complete information on the mining of noncoal minerals in order to formulate Federal regulations governing such mining. A survey was conducted to observe the effects of mining operations for uranium, copper, phosphate, limestone, molybdenum, and iron at a number of active and abandoned surface and underground mining sites in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Wyomin...