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El Departamento de Defensa continúa los esfuerzos de limpieza de municiones y sustancias peligrosas en las antiguas áreas militares en Vieques y Culebra, Puerto Rico, pero queda mucho que hacer.
Since the 1960s, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has allowed the offshore oil and gas industry to leave 97% of pipelines (18,000 miles) on the seafloor when no longer in use. Pipelines can contain oil or gas if not properly cleaned in decommissioning.
Consumer electronics contain gold, platinum, rare earth metals, and other high value materials. Domestic recycling of electronics could reduce the U.S. reliance on imports of these materials.
However, electronics recycling is complex and faces challenges, such as a lack of profitability.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
Q: How does the government help keep banks, water systems, and other critical infrastructure from getting hacked?
A: A federal agency that issues standards and procedures—NIST—has a cybersecurity framework that critical infrastructure organizations can adopt.
Extreme weather related to climate change potentially threatens utilities that produce drinking water and treat wastewater.
We examined federal technical and financial assistance to make such infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather and asked experts about additional options.