Accession Number : ADA292152

Title :   Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Minimize Cleanup Delays at the Clark Fork Sites.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA292152

Report Date : NOV 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : This report assesses the progress and problems of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites in Montana. Specifically, the report discusses the (1) extent and cost of cleanup work, (2) adequacy of cleanup plans, and (3) effectiveness of EPA'S efforts to recover Superfund's cleanup costs. It also contains recommendations to the Administrator, EPA, for making improvements in each of these areas. Mining and smelting activities over the last century have contaminated land and water in western Montana's Clark Fork River Basin with hazardous wastes. Because these wastes include known or probable carcinogens that pose serious threats to human health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established four Superfund sites in the river basin. These four contiguous sites contain 23 operable units (contaminated areas) and encompass the largest land area of all Superfund sites. Although cleanup work has been under way at these sites since 1982, none have been completely cleaned up. Concerned over the progress being made in cleaning up the four sites, the Chairman, Subcommittee on Environmental Protection, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, requested that GAO report on the (1) extent and cost of cleanup work, (2) adequacy of cleanup plans, and (3) effectiveness of EPA'S efforts to recover cleanup costs. (MM)

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *WATER POLLUTION ABATEMENT, *SOIL POLLUTION, *WASTE DISPOSAL, *HAZARDOUS WASTES, *POLLUTION ABATEMENT, *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, MONITORING, HEALTH, COSTS, GROUND WATER, SURFACE WATERS, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, CARCINOGENS, CONTAMINATION, FLOODING, SEDIMENTS, BASINS(GEOGRAPHIC), RESERVOIRS, STREAMFLOW ANALYSIS, HEAVY METALS, MONTANA, WASTES(INDUSTRIAL), MINES(EXCAVATIONS), SMELTING.

Subject Categories : Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
      Water Pollution and Control
      Environmental Health and Safety
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE