National Enforcement Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2008 - 2010
(Formerly "National Priorities for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance")
Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.
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For additional civil and criminal compliance and enforcement results, see:
On February 22, 2010, EPA renamed its "National Enforcement Priorities" to "National Enforcement Initiatives" and announced the Agency’s National Enforcement Initiatives for the 2011-2013 fiscal years.
On this page:
- About National Enforcement Initiatives
- FY2008–2010 National Enforcement Initiatives
- Additional Information
EPA sets national enforcement initiatives every three years to focus resources toward the most significant environmental problems and human health challenges identified by EPA staff, states, tribes, and the public. Establishing focus areas helps EPA address high priority environmental and human health problems in a timely manner through inspections, compliance assistance, and enforcement actions over a three year time period. For each of the national priority areas, EPA develops a strategy to achieve specific goals. These strategies:
- describe the environmental or noncompliance problem,
- discuss the reasons why the EPA chose to address the problem,
- explain how the problem will addressed, and
- highlight the progress made by the initiatives.
To ensure efficient implementation of strategies, EPA forms teams of EPA and regional staff and management to direct work and monitor progress under a given performance based strategy. EPA allocates staff resources necessary to achieve the goals and annual milestones set forth in performance based strategies. The Agency monitors progress under each national enforcement and compliance priority on a regular basis to ensure sufficient progress is occurring to achieve long-term goals, and if not, to adjust strategies to better position the Agency to address national priority goals.
Once the strategy goals are achieved, EPA transitions the priority work into the core enforcement program. If an environmental problem is no longer a priority, it is still addressed under the core program through routine compliance assistance, inspections, investigations and enforcement conducted in regional offices.
On October 12, 2007, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) published an Announcement of the National Enforcement Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2008, 2009 and 2010. (PDF) (83K, 2pp ) This Notice announced for the fiscal years 2008 through 2010 EPA's enforcement initiatives:
- Air Toxics
- New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration (NSR/PSD)
- Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
- Municipal Combined Sewer and Sanitary Sewer Overflows
- Storm Water
- Mineral Processing
- Financial Responsibility
- Indian Country
Guide for Addressing Environmental Problems: Using an Integrated Strategic Approach (PDF) (4.51MB, 115pp) This is a detailed reference to plan, develop, implement, and measure OECA’s national priority accomplishments.
Fact Sheet: Guide for Addressing Environmental Problems (PDF). (46K, 1pp) This is a shorter version designed to deliver an overview of information presented in the more detailed guide above.
Compliance Assurance Resources Compendium for Fiscal Year 2008 - 2010 National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives (PDF) (775K, 60pp). This has over 400 links to on-line compliance and enforcement resources.