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Clean Water Enforcement Action Plan

2009 August 7

On July 2, 2009, Administrator Lisa Jackson asked me, as the head of EPA’s enforcement and compliance program, to examine our water enforcement program in light of information showing that water quality goals are not being met and that there are too many violations in too many places. She asked me to report back in ninety days with recommendations to improve transparency, strengthen clean water enforcement performance, and expand our use of technology to increase efficiency and to provide useful information to the public. Our recommended action plan needs to improve compliance and address the problems that are having the biggest impact on water quality.

To help us achieve the Administrator’s goals, we invite you to share your ideas through our discussion forum. The blog can be found at Your ideas will be considered for recommendations to the EPA Administrator about the future direction for EPA’s water enforcement program. In all our discussions, EPA will be mindful of the need to focus on the most important work for protecting water quality and improving compliance with the Clean Water Act, given resource constraints that require us to place a premium on innovation and efficiency.

About the author: Cynthia Giles is Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

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  1. Stephen Doughtie permalink
    August 8, 2009

    I work for a marina in Hampton, Virginia. There is a significant amount of oils, fluids and chemicals that run off and leech into the creek, and the surrounding water table. I contacted the OSHA concerning the leaking vehicles and the chemicals that spill into the creek, that is used by the marina…to no avail, they stated that because the place mentioned was not on federal land, there is nothing they will do….It never ceases to amaze me, as to how the buck is passed in the country….protocols are issued, and then nothing is done, because of red-tape…. and you know it….I would like to see something done about this place, before it gets way out of hand, and there is a fire or something as a result of the leakage…

  2. Chad M permalink
    December 2, 2009

    This is cool. I’ll check out the blog and put forth any ideas that I might have.

    osha 10 online

  3. P.S. permalink
    March 19, 2010

    Our way of life in the Appalachia mountains is being destroyed. At the hands of people that think they can do whatever they want without a care for our livelihood. The mountains that we grew up being proud of are being torn apart and left for dead. The waters we used to enjoy fishing in are being polluted and buried. People’s drinking water is being poisoned. Not only are communities being forced out of their homes they are being destroyed. These are people’s homes. They worked hard to pay for. Who gives ANYBODY the right to come in and ruin it for a dollar? Whatever the reason it’s wrong. This is supposed to be a free country but our homes and land aren’t safe here in WV. The coal companies do whatever they what without a thought of the impact of what they are doing here. We should have the choice to leave or not. Not forced out or deal with UNLIVABLE conditions because somebody wants to sell coal. These beautiful mountains are our heritage. Not just a few have been destroyed. Hundreds and they are destroying more! The impact of blasting off the tops of theses mountains is not safe for any living creature trying to survive near them. Is that worth it because it’s supposed to be easier and cheaper the coal companies? When is it going to stop? It’s ok in America to steal from people because it creates jobs? Come on!?!?! This practice has created fewer jobs. It’s ok to destroy miles and miles and miles and miles of land that will ultimately create unsuitable living conditions for a few bucks for them? Really???? We all might as well pack up and give what we worked for to the coal companies. But, where to go? If it’s ok here, where is a safe place to live? You must help put a stop to this. We look to our government officials to serve and protect. When are they going to start protecting us???

  4. P.S. permalink
    March 22, 2010

    I feel you. I will be thinking of you and the people of your community. If you read below we are dealing with similar things here. Until it happened to us, I never thought things went on like this in America. Blessed be.

  5. linda permalink
    July 23, 2010

    I raise my hands to P.S. This action maybe construed to the saying that the “the ways justifies the means” attitude of politicians and businessmen. Thanks for sharing. I am heading out to the blog to check it out. Regards.

  6. john permalink
    November 2, 2010

    cool article guys – i dont believe in the action.

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