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Performance Audit of the State's Hazardous Waste Cleanup Activities as Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection , Report No. 12241, February 1994

  • The Department has established two mechanisms to track the progress of sites undergoing cleanup through closure. However, they are not always using information contained in one of the systems (the permit condition compliance tracking report) to track whether facilities that are undergoing cleanup through closure are complying with the terms of their permits. This reduces district staff's ability to take enforcement action because they may not know whether facilities are meeting specific permit conditions.
  • Although the Department has established time frames for certain conditions to be completed, it has not established time frames for its own review and approval of cleanup documents. As a result, the Department cannot judge whether the amount of time taken from site discovery to actual cleanup is reasonable.
  • Although the Department has established deadlines that responsible parties must meet in submitting plans and reports for approval, it has not developed time frames for its review and approval of these documents.

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