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Annual Progress Report, 2012

Regional Administrator's Letter

Dear Readers,

jared blumenfeld

Over the past year, I've seen many of the remarkable environmental successes EPA and our federal, state, local and tribal partners have accomplished across the Pacific Southwest.

These projects include building safe drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for Indian tribes, cleanups of toxic mine waste, solar-powered treatment of contaminated groundwater, and cleaner diesel engines in Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley.

We finalized California's No-Discharge Zone, which protects offshore waters by prohibiting the dumping of sewage by oceangoing vessels.  And our enforcement actions in the Pacific Southwest last year will result in almost $4 billion in environmental improvements.

Meanwhile, air quality continues to improve in our urban areas. We’re working with state agencies to control pollution in hundreds of water bodies. Sixty-one federal facilities have accepted our challenge to reduce their environmental footprints.

We're also proud to be part of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), collaborating with other agencies and city officials to spur economic development in urban areas like Fresno.

We invite you to learn more about our regional priorities by reading our strategic plan.

As all environmental issues are at their source local, we want to continue working with you in your communities to develop innovative and cost effective solutions to protect public health and the environment throughout the Pacific Southwest.

Jared Blumenfeld
Regional Administrator
EPA Pacific Southwest Region

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