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EPA’s Emergency Response Has Gaps, Watchdog Reports (1)

Jan. 3, 2020, 8:59 PMUpdated: Jan. 3, 2020, 9:09 PM

The EPA may not know if it can respond to natural disasters or help the country respond to terror attacks because it doesn’t have a complete inventory of what emergency response equipment it owns, where the pieces are located, and whether they still work, the agency’s internal watchdog said in a Jan. 3 report.

The Environmental Protection Agency uses its $40.5 million worth of emergency equipment—including meters, trucks, tractors, forklifts, generators, trailers, and even rubber boots and paper towels—to help in cleanup and recovery after oil spills, hazardous waste releases, floods, and chemical, biological, and radiological incidents.

The EPA ...