By Terrance I. Norton
Oil leaks from aboveground tanks have infected soil and water, threatening human future health and flora and fauna. to avoid harm from oil spills, the Environmental security service provider (EPA) issued the Spill Prevention, keep an eye on, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule in 1973. EPA's 10 areas check up on 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 control oil garage tanks. GAO made up our minds how EPA areas enforce the SPCC software, the knowledge EPA has to enforce and evaluation 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' ideas, between different standards.
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Of the total number of facilities inspected in each of the following federal fiscal years, how many were not in full compliance with all SPCC requirements at the time of inspection? Number of Facilities FY 2004 503 FY 2005 650 FY 2006 664 6. Of the total number of facilities that were not in full compliance at the time of inspection, how many were issued an Expedited Settlement Agreement (ESA)? For this question, please consider an ESA to be a mechanism used by EPA to address a facility’s compliance shortcomings with reduced fines.
Region 3 has a formal agreement—known as the Performance Partnership Agreement—with Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to coordinate their regulatory program activities, including the aboveground storage tank programs. According to officials from both the EPA regional office and Virginia, EPA routinely asks the state for a list of aboveground oil storage tank facilities that may be of concern relating to the SPCC and FRP regulations. In addition, EPA notifies Virginia state officials before conducting inspections, issuing administrative orders, and initiating litigation against facilities in that state.
The type of information collected through the registration process varies by state but can include the facility’s ownership, location, storage capacity, age, number of tanks, and the tanks’ construction, as well as the facility’s history, such as any past inspections, violations, enforcement actions, or reported discharges. According to state officials, the information they obtain enables them to implement and manage their storage tank programs effectively. In addition to requiring facilities to submit basic tank and facility information, New Jersey requires tank owners to develop and submit their plans for leak prevention and emergency response to the state for review prior to becoming operational.