EPA watchdog to grade agency’s efforts at reducing asbestos exposures

Project will determine if EPA is conducting adequate inspections of schools

Posted April 11, 2017

A recent memorandum from EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced plans to investigate EPA’s efforts to protect children’s health from asbestos exposure in schools. The project will determine if EPA is conducting adequate inspections of schools to reduce exposures to the toxic substance. The anticipated benefits of the project include improvements to human health, safety, and the environment.

The memo, addressed to EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, notes that the OIG is authorized by the Inspector General Act of 1978 to have timely access to the agency employees and materials necessary to conduct the research project.

Federal regulations require local education agencies to develop and follow asbestos control policies and conduct periodic inspections. EPA oversees and enforces the laws relating to asbestos in schools under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The OIG is an independent watchdog agency within EPA that conducts audits, evaluations, and investigations of EPA and its contractors to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. The project will be conducted as a discretionary assignment included in the OIG’s fiscal year 2017 annual plan.


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