Financial Responsibility — Ensuring an operator has adequate funds to address closure of facilities that handle hazardous wastes, hazardous substances, toxic materials, or other pollutants.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Mineral Processing — Reducing risk to health and the environment by achieving increased compliance rates throughout the mineral processing and mining sectors.
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.
The discussion forum is intended to elicit ideas for EPA to consider for new areas of enforcement focus. The public can provide feedback through the EPA website until December 1. EPA promises to evaluate and consider all ideas for the future direction of EPA’s National Enforcement and Compliance Priorities. To submit your suggestions, go to http://blog.epa.gov/enforcementnationalpriority/. Information on enforcement priorities is available at www.epa.gov/compliance/data/planning/priorities/index.html.
Readers who sometimes question whether EPA has its enforcement priorities straight are urged to take advantage of the forum. This is a perfect opportunity to provide input and be heard on this important subject.
Lynn Bergeson is Chemical Processing's Regulatory Editor. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn is managing director of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., a Washington, D.C.-based law firm that concentrates on chemical industry issues. The views expressed herein are solely those of the author. This column is not intended to provide, nor should be construed as, legal advice.