New PDF release: Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks

By Terrance I. Norton

ISBN-10: 1606921185

ISBN-13: 9781606921180

ISBN-10: 1607416778

ISBN-13: 9781607416777

Oil leaks from aboveground tanks have infected soil and water, threatening human well-being and flora and fauna. to avoid harm from oil spills, the Environmental defense employer (EPA) issued the Spill Prevention, regulate, 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 control oil garage tanks. GAO decided how EPA areas enforce the SPCC application, the knowledge EPA has to enforce and assessment this system, and no matter 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' options, between different standards.

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Some regions we contacted told us they proactively contact the states as well as other federal and local agencies for information, while other regions told us they have varied or limited contact with the state tank programs in their region. For example: • Region 8 officials told us that they have two staff members who focus on building relationships with local fire departments and other first responders to identify potential SPCC facilities and target them for inspection. They often work with first responders when a spill occurs, and may conduct an SPCC inspection after the immediate remediation efforts are completed.

EPA conducted a survey in 1995 to estimate the number and size of oil production and storage facilities in most industries regulated by the SPCC rule. Since then, EPA has updated its estimates of the number of facilities in the SPCC universe, but it still does not know the exact universe of facilities and their locations. In the preamble to the 2002 amendments to the SPCC rule, EPA explained that it had decided not to pursue the proposed notification requirement because it was still considering whether to establish a paper or an electronic notification system.

9. Are there circumstances in which an inspected facility would be counted more than once in your responses to questions 3–8? Yes 1 Æ Please explain these circumstances in the space below. No 9 (3 elaborations) We received one “yes” response to this question, from Region 7. Region 7 said that an inspection could be counted twice if it was entered into its data system with different facility ID numbers. We do not know how common it estimates this mistake to be or if there is any systematic reason that this mistake would be made.

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