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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) progress in completing closures and issuing post-closure permits at hazardous waste disposal facilities.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Environmental Protection Agency||1. To minimize and control contamination at closing land disposal facilities, the Administrator, EPA, should establish targets in its Strategic Targeted Activities for Results System for completing closure of land disposal facilities.|
|Environmental Protection Agency||2. To ensure that its new approach for evaluating the environmental threat posed by facilities and for deciding which facilities to act on first for permits and corrective action achieves its intended goals, EPA should closely monitor the regions' and states' implementation of the new approach to ensure consistent interpretation and application.|
|Environmental Protection Agency||3. As part of its monitoring, EPA should assess the need for further guidelines to define how the criteria of environmental significance, environmental benefits, and other considerations are to be weighed relative to each other in establishing the overall priority for which facilities should receive permits and corrective action.|