Accession Number : ADA304298

Title :   Hazardous Waste: Benefits of EPA's Information System Are Limited.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA304298

Report Date : AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : EPA developed, and in 1991 began operating, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (RCRIS) with the goal of helping both the federal government and the states better manage the hazardous waste program. Intended to overcome serious concerns about the system it replaced, RCRIS' primary objectives were to (1) provide individual databases for each state to use in managing the program, (2) be user friendly, (3) be flexible enough to meet federal requirements, as well as the specific needs of individual states and EPA regions, and (4) provide a mechanism for maintaining highly reliable data. Inyour October 13, 1994, letter to us, you expressed concern about whether RCRIS is meeting the needs of EPA and the states. As agreed with your office, our objectives were to determine whether the system is meeting its primary objectives and, if not, the effect any shortfalls have had on RCRA implementation. Details on our scope and methodology are provided.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *WASTE MANAGEMENT, DATA BASES, RECOVERY, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, RELIABILITY, RESOURCES, CONSERVATION, HAZARDOUS WASTES, USER FRIENDLY.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE