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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

About Enforcement and Compliance Activities in South Central USA

Our mission is to promote compliance with Federal environmental regulations in partnership with our States and Tribes.

Our vision is to make environmental compliance commonplace and to establish a culture that promotes going beyond compliance through collaboration, innovation and partnership.

We value teamwork, open communication, professionalism, integrity, creativity and fairness.

Our Universe - South Central states (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) and 65 Tribal areas cover half a million square miles with 2,500 major air sources, 20,000 minor air sources, 850 major NPDES facilities, 4,000 minor NPDES facilities, 6,500 offshore production facilities, 7,500 injection wells, 1,500 facilities generating approximately 25 millions tons of hazardous waste and 120,000 miles of pipeline.

Single and multimedia inspections, investigations, and when ever appropriate, enforcement actions for:
refineries in Houston, Texas
Clean Air (CAA) and Toxic Substances (TSCA)
Clean Water
Safe Drinking Water
Hazardous Waste
National Pollutants Discharge Elimination System, and
Public Water Supply
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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) activities for the South Central region are also covered in this site.

Tools that aid in viewing impacts on the environment for assessments -
NEPAssist (pdf) - GIS application that automates and Web-enables the collection and coordination of environmental information, and
RAIMI - The Regional Air Impact Modeling Initiative that evaluates the potential for health impacts as a result of exposure to multiple contaminants from multiple sources.


Enforcement In Other Divisions, Regional Counsel, and Environmental Justice/Tribal Office

Superfund Division, Director, Carl Edlund, implements and enforces the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), Brownfields and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) enforcement.

Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division, Director, Wren Stenger, is responsible for permitting facilities under the federal Air Programs, Hazardous Wastes (RCRA) information and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) pesticides program. The division also has enforcement responsibilities for the Underground Storage Tank/Leaking Underground Storage Tank (UST/LUST) program.

Water Quality Protection Division, Director, William Honker, is responsible for regional water programs including wetlands protection enforcement; water quality planning, evaluation and management; water quality monitoring and data assessment; public water supply; groundwater protection; state revolving funds/construction grants; and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issuance.

Office of Regional Counsel, Regional Counsel, Suzanne Murray, is responsible for the legal aspects of federal enforcement actions working with the CAED director and reports directly to the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).
Ben Harrison, Deputy Regional Counsel, is responsible for advising on the legal sufficiency of permits, program delegation to the States, grants, Freedom of Information Act inquiries/requests, National Environmental Policy Act, general law, personnel and ethics issues, as well as providing official legal interpretation of Agency regulations.

Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, Director, Jeannine Hale, works closely with Indian tribal nations and Environmental Justice communities to facilitate culturally sensitive communication and find non-paternalistic solutions to their environmental challenges.

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