Thursday, October 30, 2008

EPA Has Initiated Strategic Planning for Priority Enforcement Areas

In the Report (No. 08-P-0278) dated September 25, 2008, the Inspector General of the EPA issued a report critical of EPA enforcement plans. The Inspector General found that the EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) has instituted a process for strategic planning going forward in its national enforcement priority areas. The Inspector General reviewed the fiscal years 2008-2010 reviewed, for air toxics, combined sewer overflows, and mineral processing, contain an overall goal.

However, each of the plans is missing key elements to monitor progress. Additionally, the combined sewer overflow strategy does not address the States’ key roles in attaining the strategy’s overall goal. The absence of these elements hinders OECA from monitoring progress and achieving desired results in a timely and efficient manner.

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