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EPA's Region 6 Office

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

About South Central USA Compliance

The South Central states, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal areas cover half a million square miles with 75% of the Petrochemical production, 50% of the refinery capacity, 58% of the oil production, 68% of natural gas production, 60% of the hazardous waste generated and managed, Texas is the largest beef producing state, Arkansas is the largest poultry producing state and there are 120,000 miles of pipeline.

Our vision is to make environmental compliance commonplace and to establish a culture that promotes going beyond compliance through collaboration, innovation and partnership. Our mission is to promote compliance with Federal environmental regulations in partnership with our States and Tribes.

Single and multimedia inspections are performed to ensure compliance. When activities are found to be questionnable followup activities are conducted including investigations; and, whenever appropriate, enforcement actions are taken for violation(s) of the following:

refineries in Houston, Texas

Clean Air Act (CAA)
Clean Water Act (CWA)
National Pollutants Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES)
Public Water Supply (PWS)
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA - Hazardous Waste)
Safe Drinking Water (SDWA)
Underground Injection Control (UIC)
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Additional activities covered are compliance at Federal Facilities and responses to actions taken in the Region that are covered by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Tools that aid in viewing impacts on the environment for assessments and analyses- NEPAssist - GIS application that automates and Web-enables the collection and coordination of environmental information. A quick one-page review of the potentials of this system may be found at NEPAssist (pdf).

Enforcement Programs 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 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 NPDES permit issuance.

Office of Regional Counsel, Acting Regional Counsel, Cheryl Seager, 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, Arturo Blanco, 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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