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EPA Misled Watchdog on Brownfields Corrective Actions: Report

March 31, 2022, 9:00 PM

The EPA certified that it had corrected problems with its brownfields program but had not actually done so, according to a watchdog report published Thursday.

The agency’s inspector general recommended in 2017 that the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, or OBLR, make 17 corrective actions related to the program’s income monitoring efforts. EPA did not fully complete five of those actions even though it certified they were fully addressed, according to the report.

  • The brownfields office “still lacks current and accurate information needed to monitor an estimated $46.5 million of program income,” the inspector general’s ...