“EPA Watchdog Says Agency Underprepared For National Emergency”

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not adequately managing the equipment needed to respond to emergencies, its watchdog concluded in a Friday report.

“While the EPA has successfully responded to past incidents, there is a risk that — until it identifies a list of [homeland security and emergency response] equipment it needs to meet its responsibilities during an incident — the agency may not have the correct equipment to respond to future incidents,” the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) wrote.

At issue are two systems used by the EPA to track equipment used to respond to oil spills, leaks of hazardous waste and any chemical, biological or radiological incidents.”

Rebecca Beitsch reports for The Hill January 3, 2020.