ERIC Number: ED193091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-22
Reference Count: N/A
Federal-State Environmental Programs: The State Perspective. Report to the Congress of the United States by the Comptroller General.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identified and discussed in this report are the major obstacles administrators of state environmental programs perceive they face when implementing federal environmental laws. These findings are based upon a survey conducted by the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) in 1978. According to state officials, the greatest barriers to effective program management are: (1) delayed and inflexible regulations, (2) excessive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) control over state programs, (3) inability to fill state staffing vacancies, and (4) delayed and uncertain federal funding. Because of these obstacles and the states' perception that they have been ignored by federal decision makers, the partnership envisioned by Congress between the EPA and the states for administering federal environmental programs has not materialized. Recommendations by the GAO for improving the EPA-state relationship are presented. (Author/WB)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Environmental Standards, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Natural Resources, Pollution, Public Administration, Public Policy, State Agencies, Surveys
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.