Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to implement a national air permit program, focusing on: (1) the status of EPA and state efforts to implement an effective permit program; (2) whether the program's budgeted resources were adequate; and (3) whether permit fees assessed by state agencies were sufficient to cover program costs.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Environmental Protection Agency||The Administrator, EPA, should expedite efforts to provide additional guidance for state agencies to use in implementing their title V permit programs.|
|Environmental Protection Agency||EPA should increase its efforts to assist states in obtaining additional legislative authority for implementing their permit programs and for assessing fees sufficient to cover the costs of their programs.|
|Environmental Protection Agency||EPA should give priority to issuing the federal permit program rule earlier than November 1994 to provide a model for state and local agencies that are implementing new programs.|
|Environmental Protection Agency||The Administrator, EPA, should develop realistic estimates of the resources needed to fulfill EPA's long-term role for overseeing the title V permit program, including the additional resources that will be required to assume responsibility for implementing permit programs for states that fail to implement their own programs.|
|Environmental Protection Agency||The Administrator, EPA, when reviewing and approving program plans, should evaluate the adequacy of states' permit fee structures in all cases to ensure that the revenues generated from such fees are sufficient to support a title V permit program.|