Reporting requirements (31 - 40 of 53 items)
Drinking Water: Widening Gap Between Needs and Available Resources Threatens Vital EPA Program
RCED-92-184: Published: Jul 6, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) drinking water program, focusing on: (1) issues GAO has already raised concerning the program; (2) funding and related problems that have affected EPA and states' ability to address these issues; (3) the new EPA strategy to set funding priorities; and (4) the effects that new strategies may have on prot...
Wildlife Protection: Enforcement of Federal Laws Could Be Strengthened
T-RCED-92-26: Published: Feb 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1992.
GAO discussed the: (1) adequacy of federal laws and treaties for protesting fish and wildlife; and (2) extent to which the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) enforces those laws and treaties. GAO noted that: (1) existing federal laws and international treaties generally provide FWS with sufficient authority to protect wildlife, and in those instances where a lack of statutory authority creates enforc...
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...
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...
EPA's Toxic Release Inventory Program: More Comprehensive Data and Better Public Outreach Needed
T-RCED-91-75: Published: Jun 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in implementing the Toxics Release Inventory Program. GAO noted that: (1) federal and state agencies, and various nongovernmental groups extensively used inventory data to enact laws designed to control and reduce toxic emissions; (2) EPA and industry used the inventory to jointly develop pollution prevention strategies for 17 chem...
Toxic Chemicals: EPA's Toxic Release Inventory Is Useful but Can Be Improved
RCED-91-121: Published: Jun 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the states' implementation of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program, focusing on: (1) the availability and accessibility of the inventory to the public; (2) how the public, states, EPA, and other federal agencies used the inventory data; and (3) legislative and administrative options to improve...
EPA's Penalties May Not Recover Economic Benefits Gained by Violators
T-RCED-91-69: Published: Jun 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) penalty policies and practices. GAO found that: (1) despite an EPA commitment to inflict penalties on violators and recent increases in total penalties, penalty amounts showed little relationship to the economic benefit of the violations; (2) the lack of documentation in 65 percent of the cases reviewed made it difficult to determine the ac...
Nuclear Waste: Delays in Addressing Environmental Requirements and New Safety Concerns Affect DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
T-RCED-91-67: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1991.
GAO discussed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) program for conducting transuranic (TRU) waste disposal tests at its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). GAO noted that: (1) DOE cannot use the WIPP repository until the facility meets environmental requirements and DOE resolves safety concerns; (2) from 1981 through 1988, DOE focused on building WIPP and failed to consider environmental...
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...
Compliance Problems Undermine EPA's Drinking Water Program
T-RCED-90-97: Published: Aug 3, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1990.
GAO discussed the implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act Program, focusing on: (1) the extent to which community water systems complied with monitoring requirements and met drinking water standards; (2) states' and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effectiveness in enforcing efforts to ensure compliance with those requirements; and (3) the impact of new drinking water requirements...