Vt. auditor's report finds shortcomings in DEC compliance followup

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation needs to to a better job of following up on enforcement actions, according to a new state auditor's report.

The performance audit released Monday focused on four areas including underground storage tanks, solid waste, wetlands, and wastewater. It found that during a one-year period, in 18 of the 100 test cases, there was no documentation that the violation or required corrective action had been followed up on. It also found that of the cases referred to the environmental compliance division, about 25- percent remained open a year later.

The report recommends that state agency fix what it calls an "ineffective" tracking system to ensure followups on all violations. DEC officials have said they will use the report to address the shortcomings.