|The Region recognizes the importance of our core regulatory programs and will work to make and implement resource and programmatic decisions that ensure and maintain the integrity of our core programs under the Clean Water Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Clean Air Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Examples of core work under these statutes include: Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) compliance; National Permit Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting; implementation of the new Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) in Indian Country; and hazardous waste site cleanup. Our initial intention is to strengthen the core programs identified below by improving strategies to better use existing resources and focus additional resources where significant shortfalls exist. |
This strategic endeavor is dynamic in that current priorities will be reevaluated periodically and replaced by others as appropriate. Additionally, the Region will be conducting an environmental justice review in 2008 to identify opportunities to enhance our ability to address environmental justice concerns within our core regulatory programs. Following are the currently identified core program areas in need of particular focus and attention at this time, along with supporting actions.
Stormwater Permitting and Compliance
- By September 30, 2007, the Region will increase staff level-of-effort in stormwater compliance and permitting by 2 FTE. This further investment will result in an increase in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater compliance and permitting activity from 2007 levels.
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Permitting, Compliance and State Oversight
- By September 30, 2007, the Region will increase staff level-ofeffort in CAFO compliance and permitting work by 1 FTE. By December 30, 2007, we will have a CAFO Program Implementation Strategy in place. This further investment and strategy will result in an increase in CAFO NPDES permitting compliance and permitting activity from 2007 levels.