EPA Seeks Input for Clean Water Enforcement Action Plan

EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Update

On July 2, 2009, Administrator Lisa Jackson asked Cynthia Giles–the head of EPA’s enforcement and compliance program–to examine the EPA’s clean water enforcement program because information has shown that water quality goals are not being met and that there are too many violations in too many places.  Administrator Jackson asked for a report after ninety days of research, with recommendations for improved transparency, strengthening of clean water enforcement performance, and expanding the EPA’s use of technology.

The action plan needs to improve compliance and address the problems that are making the biggest impact on water quality.

The EPA invites you to share your ideas through their discussion forum at http://blog.epa.gov/cwaactionplan.

Your ideas will be considered for recommendations to the EPA Administrator about the future direction for EPA’s water enforcement program. The EPA will be mindful of the need to focus on the most important work for protecting water quality and improving compliance with the Clean Water Act, given resource constraints that require us to place a premium on innovation and efficiency.

For more enforcement and compliance news, visit www.epa.gov/compliance/

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