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OECA Draft Policy for Enhancing Regional State Planning and Communication

In January 2018, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance issued an Interim Guidance document to help move the Agency toward a more collaborative partnership between EPA and states, with the expectation that the guidance would be later updated. 

After more than a year of implementing the Interim Guidance, the States and Regional Offices have gained valuable experience in enhancing Regional-State planning and communication on compliance work in authorized programs.  OECA is in the process of revising the Interim Guidance and is now seeking comment on this draft replacement: Enhancing Planning and Communication Between the EPA and States in Civil Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Work.  

The public is invited to comment on this draft Policy by submitting comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA-2019-0204, to Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.  Comments will be accepted for thirty days following publication in the Federal Register. 

This policy would replace the Interim Guidance and would set out expectations and procedures for enhancing planning and communication on civil enforcement work between EPA and States that are implementing federal environmental programs. Although this policy is focused on the EPA’s work with states that are approved to implement federal programs, the EPA will also strive to follow these planning and communication practices when working with federally-recognized Indian tribes, territories, and local governments that have received approval to implement federal programs.

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