The EPA has announced its national enforcement priorities for 2008 – 2010. These priorities are described below. Note that the Petroleum Refining Priority, a focus for the EPA in 2005 – 2007, has been removed from the list. This is because the EPA met its primary goal of addressing 80% of the national refining capacity. However, the discontinuation of this as a national priority does not mean that the EPA will no longer monitor compliance; rather, they will just continue to monitor it as part of the Agency’s overall core program. The current priorities as provided by the EPA are:
Clean Air Act: Air Toxics. Reducing public exposure to toxic air emissions by ensuring compliance through directed monitoring and enforcement of the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards.
Clean Air Act /Prevention Of Significant Deterioration and New Source Review. Ensuring that New Source Review (NSR) and Prevention Of Significant Deterioration (PSD) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) are implemented.
Clean Water Act: Wet Weather. Ensuring compliance with Clean Water Act requirements by addressing the following four environmental challenges that are exacerbated by wet weather: concentrated animal feeding operations; combined sewer overflows; sanitary sewer overflows; and storm water.
Financial Responsibility. Ensuring an operator has adequate funds to address the closure of facilities that handle hazardous wastes, hazardous substances, toxic materials, or other pollutants.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act: Mining and Mineral Processing. Reducing risk to health and the environment by achieving increased compliance rates throughout the mineral processing and mining sectors and by ensuring that harm is being appropriately addressed through compliance assistance and enforcement.
Indian Country. Working with federally-recognized Indian tribes to address significant human health and environmental problems associated with drinking water, solid waste, and environmental risks in tribal schools through capacity building and compliance monitoring.
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