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EPA intends to focus on increased compliance

tupungato/ThinkstockPhotos Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at Federal Triangle in Washington D.C.
National Enforcement Initiatives program will become a National Compliance Initiatives program.

The EPA intends to evolve the National Enforcement Initiatives program into a National Compliance Initiatives program.

The change, announced in a memo by Assistant Administrator Susan Parker Bodine to regional administrators, is dated Aug. 21, 2018.

Here are three points from the memo:

  1. The National Enforcement Initiatives has focused on improving compliance and reducing pollution using compliance assurance tools and enforcement actions. The name will change to National Compliance Initiatives will emphasize increased compliance is the goal and enforcement actions are not the only tool for achieving the goal.
  2. As part of the transition to National Compliance Initiatives, the EPA is modifying its selection criteria for the FY 2020-2023 cycle to better align with Agency Strategic Plan measures and priorities; engaging with states and tribes in the selection and development of the initiatives; enhancing the EPA’s use of the full range of compliance assurance tools, and extending the priorities cycle to four years.
  3. The EPA will continue to prioritize keeping industrial pollutants out of water, preventing animal waste from contaminating surface and groundwater, keeping raw sewage and contaminated stormwater out of our nation’s water and reducing air pollution.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association praised the move.

“Cattlemen and cattlewomen take their role as environmental stewards seriously. Now, rather than being the targets of continuous prioritized enforcement, they can finally operate on a level playing field,” said Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, in a media statement. “This action clearly reflects the continued commitment beef producers make to protecting our nation’s precious natural resources, and the commitment of this administration to ensuring that stakeholders and regulators work together to find solutions.” 

Source: EPA, NCBA

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