EPA Announces Triennial Enforcement Priorities

January 16, 2008
by CHRISTOPHER BALL
Client Alert Newsletter Forecast 2008

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") recently announced its triennial national enforcement priorities for the years 2008–10. The multi-year national priorities focus on specific environmental problems, risks, or patterns of noncompliance as determined by EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and typically receive additional enforcement resources. The 2008-10 national priorities include (1) Clean Water Act: stormwater, combined sewer overflow, sanitary sewer overflow, and concentrated animal feeding operations; (2) Clean Air Act: New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration and air toxics; (3) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act: financial assurance and mineral processing; and (4) Indian Country: health risks such as drinking water and solid waste. Many of these priorities were continued from the 2005-07 cycle.

Summaries of the priorities, and the strategies that EPA has proposed to achieve specific goals, may be found at www.epa.gov/compliance/data/planning/priorities/index.html.