Environmental Management:

An Integrated Approach Could Reduce Pollution and Increase Regulatory Efficiency

RCED-96-41: Published: Jan 31, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1996.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the environmental management approaches used in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey; (2) state and industry experiences with these integrated management approaches; and (3) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) role in state efforts to reduce pollution.

GAO found that: (1) Massachusetts has adopted a single, integrated inspection approach to assess facilities' compliance with environmental statutes; (2) New York is using a facility-management strategy to coordinate medium-specific environmental programs; (3) New Jersey is testing the use of single, integrated permits for industrial facilities, rather than issuing separate permits for pollution releases; (4) although Massachusetts and New York intend to implement their integrated approaches statewide, New Jersey believes that it is too early to evaluate the success of its pilot program; (5) state industry officials believe these integrated management approaches are beneficial to the environment, achieve regulatory efficiencies, and reduce costs; and (6) EPA has proposed a new grant program that will help states gain easier access to funding for multimedia programs, as well as ease the reporting of multimedia activities.

Nov 30, 2015

Nov 19, 2015

Nov 17, 2015

Nov 3, 2015

Oct 29, 2015

Oct 27, 2015

Oct 26, 2015

Oct 21, 2015

Sep 30, 2015

Sep 17, 2015

Looking for more? Browse all our products here