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Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
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Executive Order 12088 Federal Compliance with Pollution Control Standards, makes the head of each executive agency responsible for ensuring that the agency's facilities, programs, and activities, meet applicable Federal, State, and local government requirements. The primary goal of EPA's Federal Facility Compliance Program is to ensure that all agencies reach a level of compliance with environmental requirements that equals or surpasses the rest of the regulated community. To accomplish this goal, EPA uses a three-pronged approach: training and compliance assistance, compliance oversight and enforcement, and review of Federal agency environmental programs and plans. This comprehensive approach is designed to help Federal agencies develop appropriate compliance strategies.
The Federal Facility Program Manager serves as the Region's primary point of contact for facility environmental managers and as a link between EPA Headquarters and the Federal facilities in Region 6. The Coordinator's responsibilities include:
Coordinate with regional media program staff to implement Federal facilities' enforcement programs,
Encourage and assisting pollution prevention programs at Federal facilities.
For more information about this program, please submit inquires to Joyce Johnson at Johnson, Joyce-R6@epa.gov.
Executive Order 13423 Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management. The order sets goals in the areas of energy efficiency, acquisition, renewable energy, toxics reductions, recycling, renewable energy, sustainable buildings, electronics stewardship, fleets, and water conservation.
Coordinate with regional media program staff to implement Federal facilities compliance/enforcement programs
Provide clarification on Federal facilities' policies and guidance, assist in compliance/inspections activities, and coordinate multi-media inspections. Facilitate information exchange on Federal facilities' programs and multimedia enforcement/compliance strategies. Coordinate meetings/briefings/visits between the regulated Federal facilities' staff and EPA.
Manage tracking, oversight, and compliance planning activities
Maintain records on Federal facility inspections and enforcement actions. Prepare briefings for the Regional Administrator on Federal facility issues. Ensure that Federal facilities issues are addressed in EPA/State Enforcement Agreements. Assist in the coordination of Dispute Resolution Packages and Early Warning Packages being forwarded to Headquarters.
Provide compliance assistance, training, and outreach for Federal facilities
Conduct Federal facilities' program reviews, provide environmental management systems support and help coordinate training opportunities available. Establish interagency forums and quarterly round table meetings, and conduct annual meetings to disseminate information and discuss critical issues. At a minimum, participate during the in-briefing and out-briefing activities on multimedia and significant single media inspections. Assist and coordinate with Region 6 program offices in outreach, information dissemination, and implementation of various executive orders at Federal facilities.
Encourage and assist pollution prevention programs at Federal facilities
Help Federal facilities develop pollution prevention programs by providing information, identifying opportunities, and fostering technology sharing among Federal facilities.
The driving force for the FedCenter website is to assist federal facilities in meeting their environmental stewardship and compliance needs. FedCenter major program areas include Environmental Compliance, Buying Green, Environmental Management Systems, Energy, Green Buildings, National Environmental Policy Act, Pollution Prevention, Chemical Management, Cleanup, Sustainability and Natural Resources. Additional compliance assistance information, collaboration tools and support services are provided at www.fedcenter.gov