Setting National Priorities for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

Are you interested in playing a role in setting priorities with EPA? Do you have an interest in the compliance and enforcement of environmental laws? I’d like to tell you about an exciting opportunity to share your feedback with EPA on the environmental problems that are most important to you.

EPA is in the process of selecting new priorities to focus our enforcement and compliance work in 2011-2013. As part of this process, we would like to collect a wide range of views from the public on the most important environmental problems that occur nationwide. It would also be helpful if you could share a little bit about the reasons why you think that a particular problem is significant from your perspective. For example, if you considered any particular pieces of information, such as news articles, or reports about environmental issues, please send us information about those sources of information as well.

Our decisions regarding future priorities will consider the following key questions:

  • Is the environmental problem happening nationwide or only in an isolated area?
  • Does the environmental problem offer an opportunity for EPA, rather than a state, to play a major role in environmental protection?
  • Does the environmental problem happen frequently because the source emitting the pollution is not following the requirements of environmental laws and regulations?

Here’s how to get started:

About the Author: Elizabeth Walsh joined the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC in 2001. She currently works on setting national priorities with EPA’s enforcement and compliance assurance program and analyzing environmental data to help EPA set long-term environmental goals.