Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks by Terrance I. Norton

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 defense corporation (EPA) issued the Spill Prevention, keep an eye on, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule in 1973. EPA's 10 areas investigate cross-check 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 control oil garage tanks. GAO decided how EPA areas enforce the SPCC software, the information EPA has to enforce and review 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' options, between different standards.

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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)?

How many facilities were on your region’s originally planned list in federal fiscal year 2006? Number of facilities: 718-818 27. How many of these facilities did your region actually inspect during federal fiscal year 2006? Number of facilities: 607 28. What are the stages of the planning process that your region uses to select facilities for inspection? Eight of 10 regions gave written responses to this question. Responses reflect a variety of priorities in targeting facilities, but some common priorities are present: need of the state and spill histories is mentioned by a few regions.

Navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. Similarly, incomplete information on the universe of SPCC facilities prevents EPA from determining whether and to what extent the SPCC program is achieving its goals. But even with the needed data, EPA will be unable to measure the program’s success unless and until it develops reliable performance goals. While EPA may have forgone developing such measures because the data for them were unavailable, effective program management requires that the two aspects—data and measures—be developed in tandem.

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