Air Pollution:

EPA Enforcement of Air Quality at the Port of Stockton, California

RCED-87-85FS: Published: Feb 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO investigated allegations by the Director, Port of Stockton, California, that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was inequitably enforcing the Clean Air Act.

GAO found that: (1) the controversy over the Port of Stockton's compliance with air quality emission standards has existed for many years; (2) the port's director contended that EPA and California air pollution control officials unfairly scrutinized the port while other California ports violated air quality emission standards; (3) EPA and California air pollution officials justified repeated inspections of the port on the basis of its past violations; (4) the Department of Justice filed suit against the port in 1983; and (5) EPA and the port agreed to settle the dispute without further litigation in July 1986, with the port agreeing to modify its operations, install additional air pollution control equipment, and pay a penalty for alleged past violations.

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