The EPA has released the agency's Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2005. Among the report's highlights:
- New clean air rules for mercury and interstate air pollution were announced that are expected to dramatically reduce emissions of pollutants from power plants.
- The Clean Diesel Campaign was launched to reduce emissions from new and existing diesel engines. The campaign includes regulatory and voluntary efforts to reduce emissions of particulate matter and ozone.
- The EPA and state partners attained water quality standards in an additional eight percent of waters previously identified as impaired.
- Cleanup was completed at 40 sites on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) for a cumulative total of 966 sites cleaned up, more than 64 percent of the sites on the NPL.
- The agency announced $76.7 million in brownfields grant funding to recipients in 45 states in FY 2005. (Since the beginning of the program, brownfields grantees have assessed 7,752 properties and attracted $7.2 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding, creating 33,599 jobs.)
- Agency enforcement actions resulted in reduced, treated, or eliminated over 1.1 billion pounds of pollutants.
Fiscal Year 2005 Performance and Accountability Report, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA 190-R-05-001) is available at: www.epa.gov/ocfo/finstatement/2005par. Printed copies will be available in January through the EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) at (800) 490-9198 or by ordering online at: www.epa.gov/ncepihom/ordering.htm