By Terrance I. Norton
Oil leaks from aboveground tanks have infected soil and water, threatening human overall healthiness and natural world. to avoid harm from oil spills, the Environmental safety service provider (EPA) issued the Spill Prevention, regulate, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule in 1973. EPA's 10 areas investigate cross-check oil garage amenities to make sure compliance with the guideline. EPA estimates that approximately 571,000 amenities are topic to this rule. a few states additionally keep an eye on oil garage tanks. GAO made up our minds how EPA areas enforce the SPCC application, the information EPA has to enforce and overview this system, and even 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' innovations, between different standards.
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Norton 39. How accurately does this data from other sources capture the total number of facilities subject to SPCC regulations in your region? Regions 1, 2, and 10 were the only regions that used other data and responded to this question. These regions said that their other data sources were from states, and that these data sources do not capture the regulated facilities. They only track complaints or spills and not the regulated universe. 40. Can any of the spill data used in your region be broken out for particular industrial category in any particular year?
No 8 We received “yes” responses and elaborations to this question from Region 3 and Region 7. Region 3 responded that “multimedia” inspectors who reside in the Office of Enforcement, Compliance, and Environmental Justice are not counted in the numbers presented here. They receive no compensation, nor are their inspections recorded by EPA headquarters. Region 7 responded that it did not include a contractor that conducted two multimedia inspections, which included SPCC, in answering Questions 13 and 14.
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.