EPA: Agency I/M oversight needs improvement
WASHINGTON-The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for oversight of state vehicle inspection/maintenance (I/M) programs, is falling down on oversight of those programs and needs to do much more to ensure that states are meeting their I/M commitments, the EPA Office of the Inspector General has determined in a recent report.
Of the five state I/M programs the report reviewed, four had no resolution on the books for 12 to 22 percent of the vehicles that failed inspections. The fifth didn't even report a failure resolution figure to the agency, and had also softened inspection requirements, the report said.
Of 34 I/M programs the EPA oversees, 14 never turned in any reports to the agency between 1999 and 2004, and another four were one to two years late with their reports, the EPA study said.