|Office of the State Auditor
|June 15, 2020
In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Office of the State Auditor has conducted a performance audit of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. In this performance audit, we examined DEP’s compliance with the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act, including the proper submission of toxics use reports and plan summaries, as well as the quality assurance program plan related to the DEP Division of Watershed Management’s Watershed Planning Program and its requirements for submitting reports to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as required by the federal Clean Water Act.
Below is a summary of our findings and recommendations, with links to each page listed.
DEP did not submit reports on surface water quality data or make these data available online.
DEP did not ensure that all users of toxic substances, or toxics, filed biennial toxics use reduction plan summaries and annual toxics use reports.