Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
2010 Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results
EPA’s mission is to protect the nation’s air, water and land from pollution that destroys the environment and endangers public health. In the Pacific Southwest, Region 9 is charged with accomplishing the Agency’s mission throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and regional Tribal lands. This vast territory includes some of the fastest growing and most populous metropolitan areas of the country as well as some of those hardest hit by recent economic downturns. The area encompasses diverse geography and cultures, a rich agricultural economy, the Silicon Valley, and business and industries that range from modest family shops to recreation destinations to large oil refineries, international ports and military bases.
To ensure compliance across such a broad spectrum of regulated entities, Region 9 employs a comprehensive and robust Compliance Assurance and Enforcement program that includes targeted compliance assistance, inspections and monitoring, and incentives for self-disclosure and correction of violations. Our compliance assurance activities, along with civil and criminal enforcement to deter noncompliance, has resulted in Region 9 reaching nearly 35,000 regulated entities through compliance assistance and training, completing inspections of over 1,000 facilities, and taking over 380 civil enforcement actions against violators in FY 2010. We also worked in close partnership with our state, local and tribal agencies to support their efforts to enforce federal environmental regulations, including issuing Federal Inspector Credentials to experienced state and tribal environmental inspectors and joining their efforts to address non-compliance by regulated facilities located in communities with disproportionate exposure to pollution.