Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.
“EPA Region 2 is responsible for ensuring those facilities in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, whether public or private, are complying with environmental requirements at a minimum and for encouraging facilities to strive for environmental leadership in the world as the ideal. This is accomplished by successfully combining all of the tools at our disposal from environmental assistance through criminal enforcement. It is also not accomplished alone but through partnerships with other federal agencies, state agencies, environmental and community organizations, the regulated community, and the public.
In the Spotlight
Puerto Rico Land Authority Agrees to Stop Clearing Wetlands in Guanica, PR Protecting Coral Reefs
EPA Region 2 has signed a legal agreement with the Puerto Rico Land Authority to stop the Land Authority from damaging wetlands on a property in Guanica, Puerto Rico. The damage to these wetlands has jeopardized water quality in the bay and threatens sensitive coral reefs,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “Wetlands provide enormous environmental benefits for people and wildlife. They trap floodwater, filter pollution and are particularly effective in controlling the sediment that washes into rivers, lakes, streams and bays.”
EPA Orders Middletown, NY to Address Clean Water Act Violations
EPA Region 2 has ordered the city of Middletown, New York to comply with federal Clean Water Act requirements for reducing pollutants in the wastewater that flows from area industrial facilities to its wastewater treatment plant. “Wastewater treatment plants are often the last line of defense against the flow of harmful pollutants into our treasured rivers and streams,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “When local governments fail to create pretreatment programs, water quality can be degraded and people’s health put at risk.”
Other Regional Enforcement News Releases