EPA works closely with the states to implement the federal environmental programs. In order for states to receive delegation to implement the federal program, they must have state standards that are at least as stringent as federal standards.
After delegation, EPA maintains responsibility for the delegated programs and continues to be accountable for progress toward meeting national goals and ensuring that Federal statutes are fulfilled. Towards that effort, EPA and the Environmental Council of States developed the State Review Framework (SRF). The SRF is a program management tool to consistently assess EPA and state core Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) enforcement and compliance assurance programs. The Framework enables EPA and states to jointly assess the effectiveness of their programs, improve management practices, and ensure fair and consistent enforcement and compliance across all regions and states.
It is Region 4's goal to conduct an SRF evaluation of each of the eight state enforcement and compliance programs (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC and TN) once every four years. The Region completed Round 1 of the SRF reviews between 2004 and 2007. The SRF Round 2 reviews were initiated in 2008, and were completed in 2013. Round 3 reviews will be conducted in all eight states during FY 2013 – FY 2017. In several states, the CAA program has been delegated to local counties or municipalities. The Region is also evaluating these local CAA programs under the SRF protocol.
To view the EPA website on the State Review Framework, and see the final SRF reports and recommendations, click here: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/state/srf/index.html.
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