EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
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:
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.
RCRA Subtitle C (Hazardous Waste) Program:
Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) ensures that hazardous waste is managed safely from the time it is generated until it is disposed. All states in Region 6 have been authorized to implement the hazardous waste regulatory program. To assist the states, Region 6 has the following support programs:
Center for Combustion Science and Engineering
RCRA Corrective Action
Risk Assessment Program
Federal Facilities/Base Closure
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)
Information Management RCRIS)
Obtaining EPA ID Number
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.
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.
The Region 6 Lead-Based Paint program provides customer service regarding
EPA's national program to prevent and reduce lead-based paint exposures
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.
The Children's Health Program was formed to address environmental
issues relating to Children's Health
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.
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.
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.