ECOS’ Cooperative Federalism 2.0 paper is a vision recasting state and federal roles for environmental management and public health protection at lower cost. The paper details the organization’s collective thoughts, observations and recommendations on what cooperative federalism means to the states and describes the essential roles and functions that ECOS believes the states and EPA should each perform. Among other positive changes, this recasting will result in:
- Equal or greater environmental and public health protection and outcomes through smart deployment of resources on critical priorities;
- Reduced operating costs due to a more efficient division of services, streamlined operating relationships, best practice sharing, and elimination of redundancies across states and divisions of EPA;
- More effective allocation of limited resources by determining the best roles and functions states and EPA are each best suited to perform; and,
- With time, fewer disputes over who should take credit for successes and achievements, and who is responsible for decisions and actions that result in setbacks.
ECOS Press Statement on Cooperative Federalism 2.0: This Press Statement announces the release of ECOS’ Cooperative Federalism 2.0 paper.
ECOS’ State Environmental Protection (STEP) meeting on July 17 will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to engage in the Cooperative Federalism 2.0 dialogue.
Congressional Letters re: ECOS Cooperative Federalism 2.0 Papers: Following the release of its Cooperative Federalism 2.0 paper, ECOS sent these letters and the paper to Congress for consideration as they deliberate the U.S. EPA’s authorizations and appropriations.