USEPA Enforcement Priorities

USEPA Enforcement Priorities

The USEPA does have set priorities for its enforcement programs.  If you have ever wondered what they were, here are the current priorities, both nationally and for Region VI.  The National Enforcement Initiatives are also the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance’s website:  http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/national-enforcement-initiatives  The link will also take you to cases completed for that initiative.    

 Here are the National Enforcement Initiatives:

 Air

  • Reducing Air Pollution from the Largest Sources
  • Cutting Hazardous Air Pollutants

 Energy Extraction

  • Ensuring Energy Extraction Activities Comply with Environmental Laws

 Hazardous Chemicals

  • Reducing Pollution from Mineral Processing Operations

 Water

  • Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters
  • Preventing Animal Waste from Contaminating Surface and Ground Water

Here are the Region VI Enforcement Initiatives:

 Air Enforcement

  •  112r Risk Management Plans
  • 112r General Duty Clause
  • Flares

 RCRA Hazardous Waste Enforcement

  •  Non-permitted facilities receiving HW
  • TSDs receiving HW they are not permitted to receive
  • Unpermitted facilities land applying HW

 Water Enforcement

•       Widespread Use of Minor Wastewater Collection & Treatment Systems (Package Plants)

•       Clean Drinking Water

•       Proper Management of Brine Spills from Oil & Gas Operations

More later.

As always, feel free to contact me at walter.james@jamespllc.com

WDJiii

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