By Terrance I. Norton
Oil leaks from aboveground tanks have infected soil and water, threatening human well-being and natural world. to avoid harm from oil spills, the Environmental safety supplier (EPA) issued the Spill Prevention, regulate, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule in 1973. EPA's 10 areas check up on oil garage amenities to make sure compliance with the rule of thumb. EPA estimates that approximately 571,000 amenities are topic to this rule. a few states additionally control oil garage tanks. GAO decided how EPA areas enforce the SPCC software, the knowledge EPA has to enforce and review this system, and no matter if a few states' tank courses recommend methods for EPA to enhance its application. GAO surveyed all 10 EPA areas and interviewed officers in EPA and 6 states chosen at the foundation of specialists' techniques, between different standards.
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1 Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to provide a reasonable basis for our 1 Aspects of our review, including the survey of EPA regional offices, were conducted during our previous review of the amendments to the SPCC rule from June 2006 to July 2007. 38 Terrance I. Norton findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives. We believe that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives.
Yes 10 No 0 Æ SKIP to question 11. 3. How many facilities in your region were inspected for compliance with SPCC regulations in each of the following federal fiscal years? Please count each facility once in a given year, regardless of the number of times it was inspected in that year. Number of Facilities FY 2004 1,067 FY 2005 1,167 FY 2006 1,125 40 Terrance I. Norton 4. Of the total number of facilities inspected in each of the following federal fiscal years how many if any were in full compliance with all SPCC requirements at the time of inspection?
From the state perspective, officials in Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, and New Mexico reported varying degrees of communication with their respective EPA regional officials on coordinating activities, such as identifying and targeting facilities for inspection and conducting inspections. According to these state officials, this can range from occasional discussions to no contact at all. For example, New Jersey officials stated that they are in contact with their counterparts in EPA Region 2 and share information on their regulated universes and are invited by the region to participate in certain inspections.
Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks by Terrance I. Norton