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The EPA announced in a press release dated Monday, July 06, 2009, that it has made available comprehensive reports and data on water enforcement in all 50 states.
In a memorandum issued last Thursday, Administrator Jackson directed the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) to develop an action plan to enhance public transparency regarding clean water enforcement. In the memo, she called for stronger enforcement performance at federal and state levels and a transformation of the agency's water quality and compliance information systems.
The administrator's memo directed the agency to take several actions, including:
- Improve and enhance the information available on the EPA website on compliance and enforcement activities in each state, showing connections to local water quality where possible;
- Provide information in a user-friendly format form that is easily understood and useable by the public;
- Raise the bar for clean water enforcement performance and ensure enforcement is taken against serious violations that threaten water quality; and
- Improve EPA's enforcement performance in states where EPA directly implements the clean water program.
Administrator Jackson directed OECA to work with EPA's Office of Water and to consult closely with EPA's 10 regional offices and the states on the action plan. After obtaining input from other stakeholders, the assistant administrator of OECA, Cynthia Giles, will report back to Administrator Jackson in 90 days with recommendations.