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EPA's Region 6 Office

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

Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division

The Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division assists State, local and tribal agencies with air pollution control, permitting, pesticides, toxic substances, underground storage tanks, and hazardous and solid waste programs. The Division conducts the federal pesticides and underground storage tank enforcement programs.

Division Programs include:

Blue Ball imageAir Programs:

    The Air Program Sections work with states on State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to improve air quality and assist states with the mobile source air pollution control programs, which include vehicle inspection and maintenance, clean fuel, and transportation control programs. Air Programs also manage the Region ambient air monitoring program and maintain collection of quality air monitoring data. Ambient air monitoring data is analyzed to determine progress toward attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Voluntary programs are developed to reduce exposure to radon and other indoor air pollutants and to reduce gases involved in global warming through the various "Green" initiatives. Air programs also work with the states on air permits, grants, and tribal affairs.

Blue Ball imageRCRA Subtitle C (Hazardous Waste) Program:

Blue Ball image RCRA Subtitle D (Non-Hazardous and Solid Waste) Program:

    The Subtitle D Program administers the authorization of the RCRA Subtitle D Program to States. It includes programs that deal with Household Hazardous Waste disposal, used tire disposal, Recycling Programs, Composting, Mercury lamps, used oil, used batteries, waste-to-energy, and many other solid waste issues. The Program provides assistance to Indian Tribes for Solid Waste Issues.

Blue Ball imageRCRA Subtitle I (Underground Storage Tank) Program:

    The Subtitle I program administers the authorization of the RCRA Subtitle I Program to States. Subtitle I includes requirements for tank notification, interim prohibition, new tank standards, reporting and recordkeeping requirements for existing tanks, corrective action, financial responsibility, compliance monitoring and enforcement, and approval of State programs. The law also requires EPA to develop a comprehensive program for the regulation of UST systems "as may be necessary to protect human health and the environment."

Blue Ball image Pesticides:

    The Pesticides Section manages cooperative agreements with State agencies that regulate pesticides. The State pesticide regulatory agencies are responsible for the enforcement of pesticide laws and certification of pesticide applicators, according to the cooperative agreements. Complaints from citizens that involve the application of pesticides are referred to the appropriate State agencies. The Pesticide Section supports pesticide programs to protect agricultural workers, prevent pollution of ground water, conserve threatened and endangered species, promote integrated pest management, and reduce the risks of pesticide use. Also, the Pesticide Section answers questions and provides information about pesticide laws and regulations, pesticide safety, and the proper use of pesticides.

Blue Ball imageAsbestos

    The Region 6 Asbestos Program is designed to limit the exposure of the public to Asbestos through training and accreditation of Asbestos professionals and the proper management of asbestos in schools.

Blue Ball imageLead-Based Paints

    The Region 6 Lead-Based Paint program provides customer service regarding EPA's national program to prevent and reduce lead-based paint exposures and hazards.

Blue Ball imageIndoor Environment

    The EPA's Radon Program goal is to prevent the public's exposure to high radon levels in Homes. The EPA Indoor Air Quality Program goal is to reduce risk to human health from indoor air pollutants. The Tools for Schools program goal is to improve indoor air quality in schools.

Blue Ball imageHuman Health

    The Children's Health Program was formed to address environmental issues relating to Children's Health

Blue Ball imageRadiation

    The EPA's Radiation Program carries out the Agency's mission to issue policy guidance and regulations, measure environmental radiation levels, and evaluate the impact of radiation on public health.

Blue Ball imageSustainable Materials Management

    Sustainable Materials Management is the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable way across their entire life cycle. Sustainable materials management conserves resources, reduces waste, slows climate change, and minimizes the environmental impacts of the materials we use. EPA is playing a leadership role in advancing sustainable materials management by convening dialogues with key SMM stakeholders, providing sound science and information to the public, and establishing challenges to specific sectors to achieve shared goals.

Blue Ball imageToxic Release Inventory (TRI)

    Each year EPA issues a Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data package which serves as a report card for how the nation is progressing in the effort to decrease releases of toxic chemicals into the environment.

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