By Terrance I. Norton
Oil leaks from aboveground tanks have infected soil and water, threatening human overall healthiness and flora and fauna. to avoid harm from oil spills, the Environmental safeguard organization (EPA) issued the Spill Prevention, keep watch over, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule in 1973. EPA's 10 areas investigate cross-check 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 made up our minds how EPA areas enforce the SPCC application, the knowledge EPA has to enforce and overview this system, and even if a few states' tank courses recommend methods for EPA to enhance its software. GAO surveyed all 10 EPA areas and interviewed officers in EPA and 6 states chosen at the foundation of specialists' strategies, between different standards.
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Although EPA regions conduct outreach activities to educate facility owners on their responsibilities under the SPCC regulations, officials in several of the states we contacted told us that these efforts needed improvement. Several of these officials stated that they find facility owners are confused about the relationship between SPCC regulations and state regulations. For example, Missouri officials told us that facility owners want to comply with both state and SPCC regulations but they often do not because the difference between the two types of regulations is often confusing.
We also followed up with officials from several regional offices to clarify some of their survey responses. Section 1–Facilities Inspected 1. Did your region document the number of facilities that were inspected for compliance with Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations in the following federal fiscal years? Yes No FY 2004 9 1 FY 2005 10 0 FY 2006 10 0 2. Can your region separately account for facilities inspected for compliance with SPCC and with FRP? Yes 10 No 0 Æ SKIP to question 11.
Data Accuracy Government auditing standards require that GAO assess the accuracy of data we use in our reports. Your responses to the following questions will be used to help us correctly interpret the information you have provided in questions 3–8. 9. Are there circumstances in which an inspected facility would be counted more than once in your responses to questions 3–8? Yes 1 Æ Please explain these circumstances in the space below. No 9 (3 elaborations) We received one “yes” response to this question, from Region 7.