Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks: Status of EPA's Efforts to Improve Regulation and Inspections - GAO Report
|Date:||July 18, 1995|
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) generally agreed with the seven recommendation in GAO's 1989 report on the regulation and inspection of aboveground storage tanks, and it has taken some steps to implement them. In 1994, EPA partially implemented GAO's recommendation on contingency planning, and by 1996 it expects to implement three more recommendations--on inspection procedures and documentation, training for inspectors, and penalties for noncompliance. EPA is uncertain when the other three recommendations--on tank construction and design and on targeting inspections--will be carried out. Implementing all of GAO's recommendations should ensure that the nation's aboveground storage tanks are being properly regulated and inspected ad that human health and the environment are safeguarded from the effects of oil spills.