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Compliance

Chair: Tom Easterly, IN
Vice Chair: Elizabeth Dieck, SC
ECOS Staff: Tom Tyler

The Compliance Committee focuses on enforcement and compliance assistance issues the federal and states governments face across the country. The Committee works with state representatives, the EPA Regions and the EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).

Latest News

Early Efforts on FY2014 NPM Guidance

At the beginning of October, OECA sent a letter to the Compliance Committee leaders offering ECOS the opportunity to provide early input on their FY2014 National Program Managers (NPM) Guidance. After some discussion and a review of current ECOS resolutions, a response letter was sent that provided broad-based comments related to federalism and respectful use of data.

Preparations for Review of State-EPA NPDES MOA

At the end of August, EPA released the final documents for review of State-EPA NPDES MOAs along with a response to comments document. All of these documents can be viewed on EPA's website here.

In the Spring of 2012, EPA gave states the opportunity to review draft documents for their review of State-EPA NPDES MOAs. On behalf of ECOS, the Compliance Committee sent a series of comments to EPA in a letter on June 29. On August 23, EPA sent a letter responding to those comments.

Preparations for Round 3 of the State Review Framework

In the Spring of 2012, EPA gave states the opportunity to review draft guidance and templates for Round 3 of the State Review Framework. On behalf of ECOS, the Compliance Committee sent a series of comments to EPA in a letter on May 25, 2012. On July 3, EPA sent a letter responding to those comments.

Older News

States are engaging with EPA on several workgroups related to the Clean Water Act Action Plan. ECOS Representatives on the Clean Water Act Action Plan Steering Committee are: Tom Easterly of Indiana, Teresa Marks of Arkansas, and Steve Thompson of Oklahoma.

On November 22, 2010, EPA sent a letter to the states outlining the process for verifying the data in several EPA data systems for fiscal year 2010. A copy of this letter is available here.

On August 26, 2010, EPA sent a letter to states inviting them to be engage with EPA on integrating NPDES permitting and compliance efforts at the federal and state levels to better more effectivelly address pollution and noncompliance affecting water quality. A copy of this letter is available here.’ This letter followed up a memo from EPA Headquarters to the Regions on Using the Results of NPDES Permit and Enforcement Reviews to Address Significant Issues which can be accessed here.’

Major Activities

Environmental Justice

Clean Water Act Action Plan

State Review Framework


Policy related to Compliance
Projects
Element 13 of the State Review Framework
Documents related to Element 13 and the State Review Framework (SRF)

 


Documents

US EPA Enforcement Goals

(April 1, 2010)
2010 Enforcement goals issued by US EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

EPA Response on State Participation in NPDES E-Reporting Workgroup

(March 11, 2010)
Defines states as "regulated parties".

ECOS letter to EPA-OECA on including states in NPDES rulemaking workgroup

(November 13, 2009)
ECOS requests that states be included in the expanded NPDES rulemaking workgroup.