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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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Department of Environmental Conservation
Pollution Testing on Exhaust Emissions from Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles (Follow-Up)


Issued: April 26, 2013
Link to full audit report 2013-F-3

Purpose
To determine the extent of implementation of the 12 recommendations included in our initial audit report, Pollution Testing on Exhaust Emissions from Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles (2008-S-65).

Background
The initial audit report, issued on March 22, 2010, examined whether DEC adequately fulfilled its testing program responsibilities. We found DEC generally fulfilled its responsibilities but could improve by maintaining critical performance data and coordinating with DMV and DOT to ensure such data was maintained for all aspects of the program. We also questioned whether DEC's coverage of inspection facilities was adequate because only 49 percent of facilities were inspected, and facilities that failed inspections were not always re-inspected. There were also indications that technological advancements in newer diesel engines may have made the State's testing process questionable on engines manufactured after 1996.

Key Findings

  • DEC officials have made progress addressing the issues we identified in the initial report. Of the twelve prior audit recommendations four were implemented, five were partially implemented, and three were not been implemented.

Key Recommendations

  • Officials are given 30 days after the issuance of the follow-up report to provide information on any actions that are planned to address the unresolved issues discussed in this report.

Other Related Audits/Reports of Interest

Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Testing on Exhaust Emissions from Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles (2008-S-65)


State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director: John Buyce
Phone: (518) 474-3271; Email: StateGovernmentAccountability@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236