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 defense enterprise (EPA) issued the Spill Prevention, keep watch over, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule in 1973. EPA's 10 areas check out 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 decided how EPA areas enforce the SPCC software, 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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No 7 Æ SKIP to question 40. 52 Terrance I. 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?
We would like to know who is trained to conduct inspections and the types of inspections these individuals have performed in fiscal year 2006. We understand that that not all inspectors may have completed the 40-hour SPCC/FRP specific training. 11. For federal fiscal year 2006, did your region document the number of individuals who inspected at least one facility for compliance with SPCC regulations? Yes 10 No 0 Æ SKIP to question 20. 12. How many individuals inspected at least one facility for compliance with SPCC regulations in your region in FY 2006?
While EPA can determine whether a facility is complying with SPCC requirements by inspecting it, the agency inspects only a small portion of the total universe of SPCC facilities—less than 1 percent of the estimated more than half a million facilities per year. Consequently, the agency is limited in evaluating the success of the SPCC program. Without data on the full regulated community, EPA is unable to assess the program’s effectiveness in preventing oil spills from the vast majority of the facilities subject to the SPCC rule.