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EPA Inspector General to Launch Audit of Emissions Reporting
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EPA Inspector General to Launch Audit of Emissions Reporting


EPA’s inspector general (IG) is planning to investigate the agency’s oversight of smokestack emissions testing and reporting. Their initial focus will be on the Pacific Northwest.


The audit's purpose is to gauge how well EPA ensures that "emissions stack tests are conducted in accordance" with applicable regulations, policy and guidance, James Hatfield of the inspector general's audit office wrote in a memo to EPA air chief Bill Wehrum and other senior officials on April 10.


Hatfield said the focus on the Pacific Northwest region was a “self-initiated project” partly based on stakeholder concerns. A spokesman for the IG said it was too early to draw any conclusions about potential problems in the region.


In the memo, Hatfield asked for access to all databases used by Region 10 facilities to report stack-testing emissions data to EPA. He also sought information on relevant policies and procedures.


This is the second audit announced this month by the inspector general's office involving the validity of air pollution data.

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