The audit shows DEP is not providing important information to the federal government and the public about the safety and usability of Massachusetts watersheds in a timely manner, and also calls on the agency to improve oversight of facilities that manufacture, process, and use toxic substances. The audit examined the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.
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Audit Audit of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
|Organization:||Office of the State Auditor|
|Date published:||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.
A PDF copy of the audit of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is available here.
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