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EPA Welcomes Indonesia
The U.S. EPA Regional Office in Atlanta hosted an international delegation from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment (MOE) as part of a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by EPA and MOE to cooperate on a variety of technical environmental issues. Dr. Dwi Sasongko, Lecturer from Diponogoro University and Mr. Firdaus Alim Domopolii, Head of the Subdivision for Environmental Permits Administration, Bureau for Laws and Public Relation, Office of the Secretary, Ministry of Environment visited the Atlanta Office after a stop at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Staff from the National Environmental Policy Act section coordinated a full slate of activities with input from each of the program areas (Air, Water, Superfund, RCRA, etc.). The delegates participated in topical discussions ranging from environmental impact assessments to permitting during the week-long visit.
Acting Assistant Regional Administrator Beverly Banister spoke to the contingent on the opportunity the visit provided both MOE and EPA. “We share some of the same goals as it relates to public health and the environment,” said Banister. “We cannot achieve the optimum public health and environment without partnerships. We do look forward to sharing with you this week and building that relationship and that partnership with you as we not only focus on just our local concerns but our global concerns as well.”
The agenda included meetings with federal partners from the Federal Highway Administration and the US Forest Service. Delegates also accompanied EPA on site visits to the Atlantic Station Brownsfield Redevelopment project and some local urban forests.
Plans for ongoing communications between the agencies of the two governments were made in support of the MOU at the conclusion of the week. The Indonesian delegates have requested additional informational sessions that include discussions on stormwater and air permits, air quality models, EIA public review and pollution trading credits. EPA is considering a number of strategies that may be used to provide this support including participating in webinars.
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