Water pollution control (31 - 40 of 68 items)
USDA's Water Quality Cost-Share Programs
RCED-92-202R: Published: Jul 9, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) water quality cost-share programs. GAO noted that: (1) major portions of USDA water quality programs and activities are not formally coordinated at the Department level, but are planned and implemented at the Under or Assistant Secretary level and on an agency-by-agency basis; (2) USDA has colle...
Water Pollution Monitoring: EPA's Permit Compliance System Could Be Used More Effectively
IMTEC-92-58BR: Published: Jun 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Permit Compliance System's (PCS) capabilities; (2) EPA assessments of any alternative technologies to the existing data entry process; (3) the total number of facilities listed in PCS with detailed data; (4) resource expenditures for data entry on minor facilities; and (5) approximate...
Hazardous Waste: Impediments Have Delayed the Closing and Cleanup of Land Disposal Facilities
T-RCED-92-64: Published: May 28, 1992. Publicly Released: May 28, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA): (1) progress in closing and issuing post-closure permits to hazardous waste disposal facilities; (2) inspection and enforcement efforts for ensuring compliance with closure and post-closure requirements; and (3) impediments delaying closure and issuance of permits. GAO noted that: (1) since fiscal year (FY) 1987, EPA has made little progre...
Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound
RCED-92-171R: Published: May 19, 1992. Publicly Released: May 19, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined water quality problems in Long Island Sound and the strategies designed to address them. GAO noted that: (1) sewage treatment plants are the primary source of excessive nitrogen levels in the Sound; (2) in 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York, and Connecticut agreed to implement a strategy to prevent net increases of nitrogen i...
Water Pollution: EPA Budget Needs to Place Greater Emphasis on Controlling Nonpoint Source Pollution
T-RCED-92-46: Published: Apr 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1992.
GAO discussed: (1) its report on barriers to state and local efforts to control non-point-source water pollution and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to control such pollution; and (2) EPA budget priorities for water quality for fiscal year (FY) 1992 and FY 1993. GAO noted that federal barriers to state and local non-point-source water pollution control efforts include: (1) agri...
Hudson River Superfund Site
RCED-92-129R: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1992.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decisionmaking process in cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the Hudson River, focusing on: (1) EPA plans to evaluate the effect of permitted PCB releases in the Hudson River; and (2) federal permits for dredging PCB from the Hudson River and selecting a hazardous waste disposal site to hol...
Water Pollution: State Revolving Funds Insufficient to Meet Wastewater Treatment Needs
RCED-92-35: Published: Jan 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the states' implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (SRF) Program, which shifts the responsibility for financing wastewater treatment needs to the states and authorizes the federal government to provide SRF capitalization grants for 6 years, focusing on whether: (1) statutory or reg...
Water Pollution: More Emphasis Needed on Prevention in EPA's Efforts to Protect Groundwater
RCED-92-47: Published: Dec 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to prevent groundwater contamination, focusing on: (1) its emphasis on contamination prevention activities; and (2) major barriers inhibiting implementation of a preventive approach.GAO found that: (1) the groundwater contamination prevention strategy EPA designed in 1984 has made limited progress...
Water Pollution: Nonindustrial Wastewater Pollution Can Be Better Managed
RCED-92-40: Published: Dec 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the range, sources, and seriousness of pollutants found in nonindustrial wastewater; (2) local and state governments' strategies and programs to better manage and control those pollutants; and (3) federal options that might encourage or require better management and control of those pollutants.GAO found that: (1) household wastewater accounts...
Water Pollution: Observations on EPA's Efforts to Clean Up the Great Lakes
T-RCED-92-1: Published: Oct 4, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to address the Great Lakes' water pollution problems caused by industrial development, urbanization, and agricultural activities, focusing on: (1) compliance and enforcement issues associated with the Great Lakes area National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, which regulate...