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Basic Information

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

A typical ERP combines several interlocking policy tools in a cyclical process to address environmental problems in a sector. These tools include:

  • Plain-language outreach on key environmental issues;
  • Voluntary or mandatory facility self-certification regarding performance on those issues;
  • Agency site visits to assist facilities and verify performance; and
  • Statistically based performance measurement.

ERP's mix of tools is designed to drive facilities to hold themselves more accountable and give them the capability and incentive to improve performance. For instance, regulators sometimes find that large percentages of facilities report they are out of compliance with one or more requirements on their first self-certification forms, and submit plans to return to compliance. In Rhode Island's auto body ERP, for example, 20% of all auto body shops did so.

For more basic information on ERP, including its history, read the "ERP States Produce Results 2007 Report."

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