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What GAO Found Based on GAO's analysis of the views of six federal agencies and seven nonfederal stakeholders, five cross-cutting challenges constrain efforts to advance critical minerals recovery (i.e., recycling and use of nontraditional sources) and substitution (i.e.
What GAO Found The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998, as amended, led to the establishment of a federal interagency working group to help address these environmental issues.
What GAO Found Facilities needed to start Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) operations—including pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities—are mostly complete, according to Department of Energy (DOE) documents (see fig.).
What GAO Found The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) each issued regulations to reduce emissions of methane—a potent greenhouse gas—from oil and gas development.
What GAO Found More than 70 out of over 200 Alaska Native villages face significant environmental threats from erosion, flooding, or thawing permafrost, according to a 2019 statewide assessment. Consequences from even a moderate flood or increasing erosion could be significant (see fig.
What GAO Found The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) manages DOE's radioactive and hazardous waste cleanup program across 16 sites (see fig.), using both capital asset projects and operations activities.
What GAO Found The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has experienced frequent turnover in its top leadership position, with the average top leader serving for less than 2 years.
What GAO Found Although advances in technology have led to increasingly quieter airplanes, community concerns about aircraft noise have persisted. One concern relates to FAA's implementation of performance-based navigation (PBN), which may concentrate aircraft noise over a smaller area.