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By Terrance I. Norton

Oil leaks from aboveground tanks have infected soil and water, threatening human health and wellbeing and flora and fauna. to avoid harm from oil spills, the Environmental safety supplier (EPA) issued the Spill Prevention, keep watch over, 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 keep an eye on oil garage tanks. GAO made up our minds how EPA areas enforce the SPCC application, the knowledge EPA has to enforce and evaluation 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' ideas, between different standards.

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According to an EPA official, the agency’s reliance on incomplete spill data and state referrals does not allow it to target facilities for inspection on the basis of their relative spill risks. EPA officials told us that, to a certain extent, the fact that they know about a facility at all—because of past spills and state referrals—can be an indication that the facility poses a relatively high risk. However, EPA does not have sufficient information to determine with any certainty how the risks posed by these facilities compare with those of other as yet unknown and not inspected SPCCregulated facilities.

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? Number of Facilities FY 2004 200 FY 2005 389 FY 2006 446 5. 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)?

According to Region 6 officials, OSCARS has allowed them to more effectively target problem sites and identify egregious regulation violators. They consider OSCARS of particular importance in Region 6, in which 116 counties contain a large proportion of the nation’s petroleum facilities and exhibit high-risk characteristics such as the potential to cause significant and substantial harm to the Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks 25 environment or public health if a large release into or upon navigable water occurs.

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