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State Hazardous Waste Probes Fell During Pandemic, Watchdog Says

Dec. 2, 2021, 9:26 PM

Inspections of hazardous waste sites plummeted across several states during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, which also saw a drop in violations, the EPA’s internal watchdog reported.

Waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility inspections declined 34% from March 2020 through February 2021, according to an audit released by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General. Inspections dropped off even more at waste sites known as large quantity generators.

The EPA gives states authority to inspect waste sites under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which regulates monitoring and control of existing hazardous waste operations. ...

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