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Organization of EPA's Region 2 Office in New York City

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations

On this page:

Organization Chart

 

Office of the Regional Administrator

 

Air and Radiation Division

Caribbean Environmental Protection Division

Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division

Laboratory Services and Applied Science Division

Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division

Mission Support Division

Office of Regional Counsel

Superfund and Emergency Management Division

Water Division


Leadership and Organizational Responsibilities

Office of the Regional Administrator

  • Phone: 212 637-3660
Pete Lopez, Regional Administrator

Walter Mugdan, Deputy Regional Administrator  

Chris Lyon, Chief of Staff

What We Do: The Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA) provides the overall direction and management of the region. ORA is responsible for planning, programming, implementation, control, and direction of technical and administrative aspects of Region 2 programs and activities. ORA provides technical oversight of the Region’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program.  Additionally, the Region's Office of Public Affairs and the Special Programs Office are housed within ORA.

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EPA’s Region 2 office includes:

Air and Radiation Division

Director: John Filippelli

What We Do: The Air and Radiation Division (ARD) implements programmatic aspects of the Clean Air Act (CAA), State Implementation Plans, Federal Implementation Plans, permitting, air data analysis, quality assurance, Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, radon and radiation programs within the boundaries of Region 2.  The Division conducts activities to reduce emissions so that air pollution does not constitute a threat to public health, safety, well-being and the environment. To carry out its mission, the Division works with other federal agencies, state and local agencies, tribal governments, the public, and the private sector. The Division also coordinates with the EPA Office of Air and Radiation to ensure consistency with the national environmental policy.

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Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division

Director: Dore LaPosta

What We Do: The Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division (ECAD) promotes environmental compliance with federal environmental regulations in partnership with our states and tribes. ECAD works closely with the other Region 2 divisions, Office of Regional Counsel (ORC), Criminal Investigations Division (CID), and Department of Justice (DOJ) to deliver a comprehensive enforcement and compliance assurance program that uses the entire spectrum of compliance assurance tools available to the Region.

The Division inspects, investigates, and, where appropriate, implements enforcement actions for violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act.

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Caribbean Environmental Protection Division

Director: Carmen Guerrero

What We Do:  The Caribbean Environmental Protection Division (CEPD) implements a wide range of environmental programs impacting water, air, and land.  Our activities include:
  • administering environmental permitting programs,
  • enforcing a wide range of environmental regulations,
  • providing compliance assistance to the regulated community,
  • administering financial grants, and
  • engaging government and elected officials, the general public, and the media to keep them informed of EPA activities in the Caribbean. 

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Laboratory Services and Applied Science Division

Director: Anahita Williamson

What We Do: The Laboratory Services and Applied Science Division (LSASD) provides laboratory support for the Region’s varied programs. It ensures that collection and analysis of environmental data in the Region meet the data quality objectives of Regional programs.  It also ensures that the quality assurance programs of the environmental programs in the Region’s states, tribes and local governments conform with EPA quality assurance guidance.

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Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division

Acting Director: Ariel Iglesias

What We Do:  The Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division (LCRD) implements the program (i.e., non-enforcement) aspects of:
  • the RCRA hazardous and solid waste programs,
  • underground storage tanks program,
  • Brownfields program,
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act,
  • Toxics Substances Control Act,
  • Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Act,
  • Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, and
  • Pollution Prevention Act.

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Mission Support Division

Director: Rich Manna

What We Do:  The Mission Support Division (MSD) provides leadership, support, communications, and direction to ensure efficient operations vital to EPA and Regional goals. The Director also holds the role of Senior Resource Official and Senior Information Official.

The Division advises the Regional Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator, senior leadership, and management on regional and national policies involving strategic planning, technical, and resource management issues. The Division includes the Financial Management Branch, Information Resource Management Branch, Human Resources Branch, Grants Audit Management Branch, Facilities and Administrative Management Branch and Contract Management Branch.

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Office of Regional Counsel

Regional Counsel: Eric Schaaf

What We Do: The Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) represents the Region in a wide variety of legal matters, including civil and administrative cases, regulatory and permit actions, government contracts, and employment matters. Often working with the Justice Department, EPA headquarters, and state environmental agency lawyers, this office assists in the enforcement of federal air, water, hazardous waste, toxics and pesticides laws throughout the Region. The office also manages the Freedom of Information (FOIA) response process. Criminal enforcement counsel assists U.S. Attorneys' offices in prosecuting environmental crimes.

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Superfund and Emergency Management Division

Acting Director: Pat Evangelista

What We Do:  The Superfund and Emergency Management Division (SEMD) implements the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); Section 311 of the Clean Water Act (CWA); Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA); the National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan (the National Contingency Plan or NCP) and the National Response Plan; and Superfund enforcement and cost recovery support. 

SEMD also provides emergency response capability, and implements emergency planning, preparedness and prevention activities in preparation for hazardous materials responses during environmental incidents such as hurricanes.

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Water Division

Director: Javier Laureano

What We Do: The Water Division (WD) ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains watersheds and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife. The Division implements the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, except for inspections and enforcement, which are principally managed by the Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division. In addition, WD supports cross-cutting EPA programs such as the Urban Waters program, Healthy watersheds protection and restoration, and other geographic initiatives.  WD also provides financial and technical assistance to states and localities.

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