EPA announces its 2017-2019 enforcement initiatives.
The EPA has reported that it is expanding its initiative focused on pollution reduction and atmospheric detoxification, adding large storage tanks and hazardous waste facilities to its work plan to address public health threats.
February 19, 2016. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 18 announced its 7 National Enforcement Initiatives for fiscal years 2017-2019, saying they focus on national pollution challenges where EPA’s enforcement efforts will protect public health. Effective October 1, 2016, EPA will maintain four of its existing National Implementation Initiatives, add two new ones, and expand one to include a new focus area. The strategies are:
- Keeping industrial pollutants out of the country’s waters (new initiative)
- Reduction of accidental release risks in industrial and chemical facilities (new)
- Reduction of hazardous air pollutants (expanded)
- Reduction of atmospheric pollution from large sources
- Ensure that energy extraction activities comply with environmental legislation.
- Keep contaminated sewage and stormwater out of the country’s waters
- Prevent animal wastes from contaminating surface and groundwater.
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