Environmental Protection Issues

OCG-93-16TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the major environmental policy issues facing Congress and the new administration.

GAO found that: (1) the federal budget deficit and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act make increased funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unlikely; (2) a key to improved environmental management is establishing priorities among programs on the basis of the risk to public health and the environment; (3) greater use of nonregulatory alternatives will help industry achieve greater cost efficiencies in complying with environmental standards; (4) EPA has not collected the information necessary to judge the success of its programs; and (5) an unprecedented level of international cooperation will be needed to resolve the environmental problems.

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