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The U.S. has networks of pollution monitoring sites that use air quality sensors. But the networks have shortcomings such as trouble detecting localized pollution.
Technological improvements have led to smaller, more affordable air quality sensors and better satellite-based sensors.
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 testified about our earlier work on “sustainable chemistry” that drew on an extensive literature review, 82 interviews, a meeting of experts, and a survey of 27 chemical companies.
These sources didn't agree on how to define sustainable chemistry or measure sustainability.
Can the chemistry behind medicines, personal care products, and other everyday items be improved? We examined “sustainable chemistry.”
Stakeholders generally didn't agree on how to define or assess sustainable chemistry.
What GAO Found The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have taken steps to regulate genetically-engineered (GE) crops (i.e.
What GAO Found Waterless and water-efficient fracturing technologies such as gas-based fracturing or foams have been used to reduce the use of freshwater in hydraulic fracturing operations, although the main benefit is enhanced hydrocarbon recovery.
What GAO Found The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) procedures for processing congressional requests for scientific advice from the Science Advisory Board (SAB) do not ensure compliance with the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 (ERDDAA) because these...
What GAO FoundThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not conducted a recent evaluation of demand for Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) toxicity assessments with input from users inside and outside EPA.
What GAO FoundAccording to the National Research Council (NRC) and others, infrastructure such as roads and bridges, wastewater systems, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers are vulnerable to changes in the climate.