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EPA Continues with 2011–2013 National Enforcement Initiatives in 2014–2016

Mar 19, 2014

The EPA announced that it will continue with its current set of 2011–2013 National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) through 2016. The NEIs attempt to focus EPA’s civil and criminal enforcement resources to combat the most serious and widespread pollution affecting communities. The EPA reevaluates the NEIs every three years. The 2014–2016 initiatives will focus on:

•   Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters
•   Cutting Toxic Air Pollution that Affects Communities’ Health
•   Reducing Widespread Air Pollution from the Largest Sources, especially in the Coal-fired Utility, Cement, Glass, and Acid Sectors
•   Reducing Pollution from Mineral Processing Operations
•   Assuring Energy Extraction Sector Compliance with Environmental Laws 

Citing support by public commenters for the 2011–2013 initiatives, the EPA sought to continue these enforcement initiatives “in order to assure that federal enforcement resources are focused on the most important environmental problems where noncompliance is a significant contributing factor, and where federal enforcement attention can have a significant impact.” In justifying each of the initiatives, EPA indicated that pressing needs for compliance and enforcement remain despite significant progress. The National Enforcement Initiatives are available here: http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/national-enforcement-initiatives.

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