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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

About Enforcement and Compliance Activities in South Central USA

Our vision is to make environmental compliance commonplace and to establish a culture that promotes going beyond compliance through collaboration, innovation and partnership.

Our mission is to promote compliance with Federal environmental regulations in partnership with our States and Tribes.

The South Central states, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal areas cover half a million square miles with 75% of the Petrochemical production, 50% of the refinery capacity, 58% of the oil production, 68% of natural gas production, 60% of the hazardous waste generated and managed, Texas is the largest beef producing state, Arkansas is the largest poultry producing state and there are 120,000 miles of pipeline.

Single and multimedia inspections and investigations are conducted; and whenever appropriate, enforcement actions are taken for violation of the following:

refineries in Houston, Texas

Clean Air (CAA) and Toxic Substances (TSCA)
Clean Water (CWA)
National Pollutants Discharge Elimination Systems
Public Water Supply
Resource Conservation and Recovery (RCRA) Hazardous Waste, and
Safe Drinking Water (SDWA)

Federal Facilities and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) activities for the South Central region are also covered here.

Tools that aid in viewing impacts on the environment for assessments and analyses-
NEPAssist (pdf) - GIS application that automates and Web-enables the collection and coordination of environmental information, and
RAIMI - The Regional Air Impact Modeling Initiative that evaluates the potential for health impacts as a result of exposure to multiple contaminants from multiple sources.


Enforcement Programs In Other Divisions, Regional Counsel, and Environmental Justice/Tribal Office

Superfund Division, Director, Carl Edlund, implements and enforces the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), Brownfields and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) enforcement.

Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division, Director, Wren Stenger, is responsible for permitting facilities under the federal Air Programs, Hazardous Wastes (RCRA) information and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) pesticides program. The division also has enforcement responsibilities for the Underground Storage Tank/Leaking Underground Storage Tank (UST/LUST) program.

Water Quality Protection Division, Director, William Honker, is responsible for regional water programs including wetlands protection enforcement; water quality planning, evaluation and management; water quality monitoring and data assessment; public water supply; groundwater protection; state revolving funds/construction grants; and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issuance.

Office of Regional Counsel, Regional Counsel, Suzanne Murray, is responsible for the legal aspects of federal enforcement actions working with the CAED director and reports directly to the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).
Ben Harrison, Deputy Regional Counsel, is responsible for advising on the legal sufficiency of permits, program delegation to the States, grants, Freedom of Information Act inquiries/requests, National Environmental Policy Act, general law, personnel and ethics issues, as well as providing official legal interpretation of Agency regulations.

Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, Acting Director, Steve Gilrein, works closely with Indian tribal nations and Environmental Justice communities to facilitate culturally sensitive communication and find non-paternalistic solutions to their environmental challenges.

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