ME’s and NH’s SQG achievement rates were statistically significantly higher than four other states’ SQG achievement rates (MA, NY, CT, and CO).
RI’s and VT’s SQG achievement rates were statistically significantly higher than three other states’ SQG achievement rates (NY, CT, CO).
Based on the mixed results, the relationship between energy conservation assistance and measured SQG performance may warrant further evaluation.
3) Did the Frequency of Inspections between June 2004 and June 2007 Influence Performance?
Percentage of SQG Universe Typically “Inspected” for Regulatory Compliance Per Year
(June 2004 – June 2007)
Note: Historically VT’s goal has been to inspect 5 – 10% of this universe annually. Their hazardous waste generator database only identifies the current status of a facility, which is not necessarily the status of the facility at the time of inspection, e.g. an SQG facility turns out to be a CESQG or has gone out of business. For this reason, the actual percentage of SQGs inspected annually during the 2004 to 2007 period was closer to 3.5%.
CT reported conducting substantially higher numbers of inspections [25% of universe] than all other states [3-6% of universe].
CT had the 2nd highest mean SQG facility score on regulatory indicators. However, this score was not statistically significantly different than that of the other two states with high mean facility scores [RI which ranked first and ME which ranked third].
The data do not appear to support a relationship between the
frequency of inspections and the measured SQG performance.
The States Common Measures Project Final Report