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A United States Government website produced by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA). This site provides access to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), The Federal Register, the e-CFR (a prototype of a daily updated version of the CFR), the system where you can comment on proposed regulations, and a discussion on how the rulemaking process works
Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
This site enables users to search and comment on EPA regulations and significant guidance documents, and to learn how environmental regulations are written. The site also includes new sections for finding regulations and related documents, plus regulatory history, statutory authority, supporting analyses, compliance information, and guidance for implementation. Searches for regulatory information can be conducted by environmental topics, such as water or air, or by business sectors, such as transportation or construction.
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.
The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is a prototype of a currently updated version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The e-CFR prototype is a demonstration project. It is not an official legal edition of the CFR. The e-CFR prototype is authorized and maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Printing Office (GPO). The OFR updates the material in the e-CFR on a frequent basis with the most recent date of update displayed on the home page.
Established by EPA to increase the transparency of the rulemaking process, the online Rulemaking Gateway serves as a portal to EPA's priority rules, providing citizens with earlier and more concise information about agency regulations. It also allows users to search for EPA rules that relate to specific interests. Rulemaking Gateway complements Regulations.gov, the federal government's main portal for tracking rules from all federal agencies, by providing brief overviews of specific EPA rules and additional ways to search rules based on the phases they are in (e.g., pre-proposal, proposal), the topics they relate to (e.g., air, water), and the impacts they might have (e.g., impacts on small businesses or environmental justice). The new Web site offers a distilled "snapshot" of a rule, with just enough information for a citizen to determine his or her interest in the rule. The individual then can use Rulemaking Gateway links to Regulations.gov and to other EPA sources where comprehensive information is available.
This web site was put together as part of a port industry focus group effort. This tool emphases environmental, land-based, regulatory issues facing port tenants and authorities. Included are common port operations cross referenced with regulatory requirements; audit program incentive opportunities; enforcement case studies and updates; inspector checklists.
These are presidential documents which require Federal facilities to perform an action, participate in an activity, or develop and implement a policy.
Protection and Enhancement of the Cultural Environment
13 May 1971
This (original) EO states that Federal agencies shall (1) administer the cultural properties under their control in a spirit of stewardship and trusteeship for future generations, (2) initiate measures necessary to direct their policies, plans and programs in such a way that federally owned sites, structures, and objects of historical, architectural or archaeological significance are preserved, restored, and maintained for the inspiration and benefit of the people, and (3), in consultation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (16 U.S.C. 470i), institute procedures to assure that Federal plans and programs contribute to the preservation and enhancement of non-federally owned sites, structures and objects of historical, architectural or archaeological significance.
Requiring Agencies to Purchase Energy Efficient Computer Equipment
21 April 1993
This EO directs the U.S. government to participate in the EPA Energy Star computer program by agreeing to buy energy-efficient computers, monitors, and printers. To the extent possible, Federal agencies must purchase only computer equipment that meets the EPA Energy Star requirements.
Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation at Federal Facilities
8 March 1994
This EO addresses agency goals and reporting requirements for energy and water efficiency at Federal facilities as well as suggestions on how to achieve those goals.
Energy Efficient Standby Power Devices This EO, dated 31 July 2001, directs federal agencies to buy products that consume 1 watt or less of standby power. The standby power directive in this EO was subsequently required by the EISA 2007.
Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate
1 November 2013
The EO outlines Federal agency responsibilities in the areas of supporting climate resilient investment; managing lands and waters for climate preparedness and resilience; providing information, data and tools for climate change preparedness and resilience; and planning.
Monday, June 18, 2007 Federal Register Notice of Availability of E.O. 13423 Implementing Instructions.
Memorandum by CEQ Chairman James L. Connaughton, dated March 28, 2007, to the heads of Executive Branch departments and agencies, announcing the release of the instructions and requirements for implementing the goals of Executive Order 13423 "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management."
In accordance with Section 4(b) of Executive Order 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management", implementing instructions have been issued to Federal agencies to provide detail and direction to agencies as the work to fulfill the goals and requirement of the Executive Order. Section 8 of these instructions are specific to pollution prevention. These instructions are dated March 29, 2007.
This 1991 memo includes factors that DOJ considers important in evaluating whether to prosecute environmental violations. These factors include voluntary disclosure of the violation, cooperation, preventative measures and compliance programs, persuasiveness of non-compliance, internal disciplinary action, and subsequent compliance efforts. It was the intent of DOJ to encourage self-auditing, self-policing, and voluntary disclosure of environmental violations stating that these activities are considered mitigating factors in the Department's environmental enforcement activities. The necessity of having a thorough environmental auditing program cannot be overemphasized. The priority that DOJ assigns to auditing and self-disclosure as critical mitigating factors in environmental criminal prosecutions is an indication of how important it is for federal facilities to develop and implement sound and thorough auditing programs.
In this memorandum dated 4 October 2001 Ms. Whitman states that “Federal agencies will be held accountable to the same high standards for environmental compliance as other members of the regulated community.”
EPA memorandum dated February 13, 2006, by Assistant Administrator Granta Y. Nakayama, reaffirming the existing Guidance on Calculating the Economic Benefit of Noncompliance by Federal Agencies issued on September 30, 1999.
This memorandum, dated 28 November 2005, encourages federal departmental and agency leadership to develop strategies to prevent or reduce environmental conflicts and generate opportunities for constructive collaboration problem solving. The Memorandum directs all Federal departments and agencies to document their ECR planning and implementation efforts in an annual report submitted to OMB and CEQ. Documentation includes an agency self-audit to analyze how ECR may be applied to environmental disputes when they occur, and to plan for increasing institutional capacity for ECR where appropriate.
In 2006 EPA signed a MOU with the Edison Electric Institute and five federal agencies to establish sound Integrated Vegetation Management practices in order to reduce adverse impacts to the environment and the public while ensuring reliable electrical service. The federal agencies involved in the MOU include the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service of the Department of the Interior. The MOU will support these federal agencies by providing practical, sustainable, and cost-effective policies, procedures, and practices that will reduce risks to the environment and the public, while ensuring safe, reliable, and uninterrupted electrical services to customers.
Released November 1, 2007, the Office of the Inspector Generals FY 2008 Plan identifies subject areas that the OIG intends to assess in the current fiscal year and any areas from the previous year for which it is continuing assessments. For example, one focus in FY 2008 will be on how EPA can improve air emissions data to set appropriate controls and improve its process for measuring the success of grant programs.
DOD Environmental Standards for Substantial Installations in Foreign Countries
This document is written pursuant to an international agreement called a Compact of Free Association. It contains standards and procedures for USAKA activities in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Note this document is only available to U.S. military personnel who have a FedCenter.gov membership account.
These documents are developed in accordance with DOD Instruction 4715.5, Management of Environmental Compliance at Overseas Installations, dated 22 April 1996, to address the protection of human health and the environment in each foreign country where DOD maintains substantial installations. Note these documents are only available to U.S. military personnel who have a FedCenter.gov membership account.
In accordance with DOD Instruction 4715.5, Management of Environmental Compliance at Overseas Installations, dated 22 April 1996, this document is used as a baseline in the development of Final Governing Standards. Note this document is only available to U.S. military personnel who have a FedCenter.gov membership account.
Guidance for the Clean Air Act (CAA)
EPA currently issues over 100 letters or memoranda per year on Clean Air Act (CAA) applicability or monitoring issues under the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS, 40 CFR 60) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP, 40 CFR 61 and 63) programs. These written responses are broadly termed “applicability determinations”. The ADI also contains “regulatory interpretations” which are written responses that apply to the broad range of NSPS and NESHAP regulatory requirements as they pertain to a whole source category; and applicability determinations issued pursuant to the chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) regulations, cited in 40 CFR 82. The ADI, a computerized database of such letters and memoranda, allows users to search by date, office of issuance, subpart, citation, control number, or string word searches.
Questions and answers concern how to prepare a RMP, submit a RMP, and accessing RMP information.
This website, provided by the EPA Office of Enforcement, is a collection of current, active EPA policies and guidance in relation to CAA, including: stationary sources; New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs); CAA Section 114 : Inspection, Entry and Monitoring; new source review (NSR); prevention of significant deterioration (PSD); mobile sources; and acid rain.
This page provides information about federal, state and local enforcement of CAA emissions control requirements for industrial facilities (stationary source standards).
This document seeks to clarify the impact of the Clean Air Act (CAA) Conformity Rules (Proposed) on federal facilities. It was written by Bill Frank from the U.S. EPA Federal Facilities Enforcement Office (FFEO).
The final interpretation is that the plain language and structure of certain sections of the operating permits regulations (40 CFR 70 and 71) do not provide an independent basis for requiring or authorizing review and enhancement of existing monitoring in title V permits. EPA believes that other rules establish a basis for such review and enhancement. The final rule interpretation is effective on 16 January 2007. POC is Peter Westlin, EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Mail code: D243-05, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone: (919) 541-1058; fax number (919) 541-1039; e-mail address: westlin.peter@epa.gov (Federal Register: December 15, 2006 [Rules and Regulations] , Page 75422-75431)
This document (EPA420-F-07-053, August 2007) responds to questions EPA has received concerning the manner in which the EPA intends to implement and ensure compliance with the regulations in the Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants From Mobile Sources (“MSAT2”) rulemaking published on February 26, 2007 (72 FR 8428).
Guidance for the Clean Water Act (CWA)
EPA discussion on aspects of 40 CFR 112, Animal and Vegetable Fats Applicability.
Starting on page 47058 of the attached file, a section by section, paragraph by paragraph discussion is recorded as to the intent of the regulation.
Published by EPA Region 9 in February 2004, this document lists common findings of noncompliance when local pretreatment programs are evaluated.
This site details the steps to be taken towards meeting the EPA water program's strategic plans.
This policy was released in response to a request in the FY 2010 President's budget. In developing the policy, EPA reached out to federal, state, and local officials to obtain input. This policy emphasizes the need to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure, working with states and water systems to employ robust, comprehensive planning processes to deliver projects that are cost effective over their life cycle, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals. The policy encourages communities to develop sustainable systems that employ effective utility management practices to build and maintain the level of technical, financial, and managerial capacity necessary to ensure long-term sustainability. This policy represents a collaborative effort between EPA and its federal, state, and local partners.
The memorandum addresses such topics as secondary containment for bulk storage facilities; deviations from rule requirements; fencing requirements; overfill prevention; integrity testing; use of tank trucks for storage; agreements with clean-up contractors; SPCC plan amendments; and other issues.
Updates and background information regarding the scope of term "Waters of the United States" protected under the CWA.
EPA 833-R-04-002A, July 2004
The Office of Wastewater Management of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Water prepared this guidance document to assist municipalities that own or operate publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) in developing and implementing local pretreatment programs. It discusses issues such as how to determine pollutants of concern, the data needed to develop local limits, and implementing local limits.
The EPA has revised its Phase I stormwater regulations to clarify that a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is not required for stormwater discharges from logging roads. The EPA did not intend for logging roads to be regulated as industrial facilities and has revised 40 CFR 122.26(b)(14) to clarify that intent by adding language to existing stormwater regulations to clarify that, for the purposes of assessing whether stormwater discharges are "associated with industrial activity," the only facilities under Standard Industrial Code (SIC) code 2411 that are "industrial" are: rock crushing, gravel washing, log sorting, and log storage. Stormwater discharges from forest roads, including logging roads, may be evaluated under section 402(p)(6) of the Clean Water Act because the section allows for a broad range of flexible approaches that are better suited to address the complexity of forest road ownership, management, and use.
Guidance on the following issues is presented here: federal enforcement in combined sewer overflows (CSO)/sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) cases; application of pesticides to the waters of the U.S.; concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs); and management, operation, and maintenance programs for SSOs.
EPA has issued final guidance on conducting effective post-construction compliance monitoring to assess the performance of measures implemented under long-term combined sewer overflow (CSO) control plans, as provided in EPA's 1994 CSO Control Policy. This guidance will assist CSO permittees in developing post construction compliance monitoring plans that collect sufficient data for evaluating the effectiveness of CSO controls and assessing compliance with the Clean Water Act requirements. See
This memorandum, dated 8 May 2006, is from the EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator to the Regional Directors, Water Division Directors, and Branch Chiefs. The memorandum urges the use of the “qualifying local program” provision for the management and oversight of stormwater runoff from construction activities. This provision offers the opportunity to increase administrative efficiencies in the stormwater program by formally recognizing local construction management programs that meet or exceed the provisions in EPA's construction general permit.
Issued August 2013, the guidance document is intended to assist regional inspectors in reviewing a facility's implementation of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule at 40 CFR part 112 and understanding the rule's applicability, and to help clarify the role of the inspector in the review and evaluation of the performance-based SPCC requirements. The guidance document is also available to owners and operators of facilities that may be subject to the requirements of the SPCC rule and the general public on how EPA intends the SPCC rule to be implemented. The document is designed to provide a consistent national policy on several SPCC-related issues.
This example SWPPP represents a hypothetical project for the construction of a postal and distribution center on less than 5 acres in New Hampshire. See attachments (2).
This guidance provides detailed information for submitting accurate discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) on time in order to reduce the occurrence of noncompliance findings due to incomplete or late DMR submittals.
This is EPA's first "how-to" manual on designing and implementing water quality trading programs. The Toolkit helps NPDES permitting authorities incorporate trading provisions into permits. You can order a hardcopy of the document (#EPA-833-R-07-004) from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) at 513-489-8190, 800-490-9198, or nscep@bps-lmit.com. Contact: Ginny Kibler, 202-564-0596, virginia.kibler@epa.gov
The intent of this document is to help integrate NPDES permits into watershed management plans. The guidance supports approaches to permitting that may help target your watershed's most pressing environmental needs, help achieve water quality-based effluent limitations based on water quality standards, and provide opportunities for cost reductions and improved efficiencies such as water quality trading. The guidance includes case studies describing how watershed approaches involving NPDES permitting have been implemented across the country. POC is Pat Bradley, 202-564-0729, bradley.patrick@epa.gov
Guidance for CERCLA
Policy and guidance documents to implement EPA's responsibilities in overseeing Superfund cleanups at Federal facilities.
This document, dated 21 July 2005 is intended to assist EPA Regions and other federal agencies improve the quality of Site Investigations (SIs) at federal facilities. The goal is to obtain sufficient information under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to meet the requirements outlined in the National Contingency Plan (NCP).
In this document, dated 1 December 2008, the Department of Justice, said that the Pentagon had no legal grounds to resist cleanup orders from the EPA.
Guidance for EPCRA
This website, provided by the EPA Office of Enforcement, is a collection of policy and guidance documents and strategies used in the enforcement of EPCRA. The listing is not inclusive of all policy and guidance document that may also be relied upon in developing enforcement actions.
Questions submitted to the EPA about EPCRA and their answers.
Guidance for FIFRA
This website, provided by the EPA Office of Enforcement, is a collection of policy and guidance documents and strategies used in the enforcement of FIFRA. The listing is not inclusive of all policy and guidance document that may also be relied upon in developing enforcement actions.
The new 2005 WPS How-to-Comply (HTC) Manual supersedes the 1993 version. This compliance assistance tool has been updated to reflect amendments to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), a regulation designed to protect agricultural workers and pesticide handlers.
Guidance for RCRA
Section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requires the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to report to Congress every two years on the actions taken by Federal agencies to implement the statute. OFPP and OFEE have developed the attached survey to collect the information required to meet the reporting required by RCRA and E.O. 13101.
This document, dated 2 May 2007, includes hyper-link references to frequently asked questions, letters, memoranda, and guidance concerning hazardous waste.
This is a database is designed to enable users to locate documents, including publications and other outreach materials, that cover a wide range of RCRA issues and topics.
Maintained by EPA's RCRA Enforcement Division, this site contains the policy, guidance, and other documents that are currently used in RCRA Enforcement and the RCRA Enforcement Policy and Guidance Archives with the documents that are no longer used. Topics include, but are not limited to: groundwater, inspections, permitting, and USTs.
This site consolidates the answers to frequent questions about RCRA and provides a forum for the use to ask a question themselves.
Guidance for RCRA, Subtitle C
This memorandum, dated May 2013, transmits a separate revised memorandum that provides guidance and a checklist for evaluating the regulatory status of materials that would, under usual circumstances, be commercial chemical products (CCPs). CCPs are not solid waste if they are appropriately stored or managed for use, legitimately reclaimed, or appropriately stored or managed for legitimate reclamation; CCPs are solid waste if they are abandoned by being accumulated, or by being stored, or treated before, or as a means of, being disposed. The checklist is designed to assist in applying this regulatory structure to specific situations and evaluating whether a particular CCP, managed in a particular way, is a solid waste.
This September 7, 2005 memorandum from the head of the EPA's Office of Solid Waste to agency regional directors "reaffirms EPA's commitment to employing appropriate flexibility in the review of state programs" authorized under RCRA. The memorandum is a response to a workgroup established in April 2003 to examine potential improvements to the process by which EPA determines whether state hazardous waste programs are equivalent to the federal program.
This page provides information about facilities regulated under the RCRA, Subtitle C (i.e. hazardous waste) and corresponding information about EPA, state and local inspections, violations, and enforcement. This page also provide links to numerous other EPA websites with RCRA, Subtitle C information.
This document describes the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) hazardous waste listing regulations under the authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C and includes hyperlinks to information that EPA has generated over the years to explain the listing regulations. The objective of this document is to consolidate and streamline the information on listing regulations to help Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff, state staff, industrial facilities, and the public understand hazardous waste listing regulations.
This variance, effective November 2002, applies specifically to radioactively contaminated cadmium-, mercury-, and silver-containing waste batteries .The Regulatory Bulletin discusses the LDR treatment standard established for these mixed waste batteries, the DOE petition that requested the treatability variance, the rationale for granting the variance, and implementation at the State level.
This is an information management system designed to document the progress of each state and territory in establishing and maintaining RCRA-authorized hazardous waste management programs.
Guidance for RCRA, Subtitle I
Questions and answers for some of the most common concerns related to 40 CFR 280.
EPA OUST/FFEO memo, dated 01 Feb 2006, providing guidance and assistance to Federal Agencies on their data reporting requirements of the Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act of 2005.
EPA memorandum dated October 17, 2006, by Cliff L. Rothenstein (Director), Office of Underground Storage Tanks, announcing to Federal Facility Environmental Executives that agency underground storage tank compliance reports will be posted on the EPA website and that specific UST information will be provided to the EPA Regions and States.
In Section 1528 of the Act all departments and federal agencies that own, operate, or manage one or more federally regulated USTs to report the compliance status of their USTs to EPA and Congress by August 8, 2006. In order to facilitate this reporting, the EPA is requesting that every Federal Agency Environmental Executive provide the name of one representative per department or agency with who the EPA can coordinate. The memorandum, dated 17 October 2005, was signed by the Director of the Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST), Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) and the Director of the Federal Facilities Enforcement Office (FFEO), Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).
November 15, 2006 memorandum announcing issuance of final document that implements a key provision of the underground storage tank amendments of the Energy Policy Act of 2005; the secondary containment grant guidelines.
Developed by EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST), this document addresses questions on the applicability of UST operator training requirements at Federal Facilities. In the majority of states, the operator training deadline is set for 8 August 2012.
There are multiple grant guidelines issued by the EPA for the management and inspection of USTs, including the following titles: Inspection (24 April 2007); State Compliance Reports On Government Underground Storage Tanks (24 April 2007); Public Record (22 January 2007); Financial Responsibility And Installer Certification (22 January 2007); Secondary Containment (15 November 2006); Delivery Prohibition (7 August 2006); Tribal Strategy (7 August 2006). States will not receive RCRA Subtitle I funding unless these guidelines are met.
The Compendium is a clearinghouse that presents concepts and addresses issues associated with corrective action at leaking underground storage tank (LUST) sites. The Compendium is divided into six sections. It begins with an overview of the LUST corrective action process. Then it discusses each of the steps in the process: release discovery, confirmation, and initial response; characterization of the source and site; physical site assessment; corrective action; and site closure.
This database is designed to enable users to locate documents, including publications, OSW memos, and other outreach materials, that cover a wide range of RCRA issues and topics.
Maintained by EPA's RCRA Enforcement Division, this site contains the policy, guidance, and other documents that are currently used in RCRA Enforcement and the RCRA Enforcement Policy and Guidance Archives with the documents that are no longer used. Topics include, but are not limited to: groundwater, inspections, permitting, and USTs.
Links to the state POCs with RCRA expertise. Particularly valuable for states with RCRA primacy.
Guidance for the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
This guide is designed to help systems understand and achieve compliance with the Arsenic rule. The guide provides sample worksheets to help systems organize data, and provides guidance for small systems on their selection of appropriate compliance options. This is EPA document EPA 816-R-02-008A.
Developed by EPA, this guidance manual discusses the issues that systems will face as they evaluate and implement changes necessary to comply with the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproduct Rule and the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, while still being required to comply with earlier rules such as the Total Coliform Rule and Lead and Copper Rule. This manual builds on a similar manual developed for the Stage 1 DBP rule, incorporating new research and case studies, and is presented in a more user-friendly manner. EPA developed this guidance manual to provide systems and states with information on operational and capital changes and approaches to enable systems to evaluate different compliance strategies and technologies.
This guide, EPA 816-B-05-004, applies to small systems adding any chemical disinfectant and was published March 2006. The intent of the guide is to aid systems in complying with the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (Stage 1DBPR) published on December 16, 1998 under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
This supplement, EPA 816-B-05-005, applies to small systems adding chlorine dioxide or ozone and was published March 2006. This document supplements EPA 816-B-05-004. This supplement is intended to aid you in complying with the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (Stage 1 DBPR) published on December 16, 1998, under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
This supplement, EPA 816-B-05-006, applies to small subpart H systems using conventional filtration treatment and was published March 2006. This document supplements EPA 816-B-05-004. This supplement is intended to aid you in complying with the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (Stage 1 DBPR) published on December 16, 1998, under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
This EPA Manual, Number 815-R-09-017 March 2010, discusses requirements for consecutive systems (public water systems that receive fully treated water from other public water systems) to comply with Stage 2 DBPR monitoring and MCL requirements. EPA has developed this guidance manual to provide information on operational and capital changes and strategies that will enable consecutive systems to comply with the Stage 2 DBPR requirements.
This site details the steps to be taken towards meeting the EPA water program's strategic plans.
An EPA learning portal designed to help water systems, especially small water systems, comply with EPA's Arsenic Rule which is effective 23 January 2006. The portal enables the user to work through a decision tree and educate themselves about treatment options before committing to any given treatment.
This policy was released in response to a request in the FY 2010 President's budget. In developing the policy, EPA reached out to federal, state, and local officials to obtain input. This policy emphasizes the need to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure, working with states and water systems to employ robust, comprehensive planning processes to deliver projects that are cost effective over their life cycle, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals. The policy encourages communities to develop sustainable systems that employ effective utility management practices to build and maintain the level of technical, financial, and managerial capacity necessary to ensure long-term sustainability. This policy represents a collaborative effort between EPA and its federal, state, and local partners.
This memorandum, dated 15 November 2006, clarifies EPA's expectations concerning the appropriate time increment used to express "total maximum daily loads" (TMDLs).
EPA issued this guidance in February 2014 alongside an interpretive memorandum, which clarifies that class II UIC requirements apply to hydraulic fracturing activities using diesel fuels, and defines the statutory term diesel fuel by reference to five chemical abstract services registry numbers. The guidance outlines for EPA permit writers, where EPA is the permitting authority, existing class II requirements for diesel fuels used for hydraulic fracturing wells, and technical recommendations for permitting those wells consistently with these requirements. Decisions about permitting hydraulic fracturing operations that use diesel fuels will be made on a case-by-case basis, considering the facts and circumstances of the specific injection activity and applicable statutes, regulations and case law, and will not cite this guidance as a basis for decision.
Developed by EPA, this is a best practices guide that helps public water systems communicate with the public about drinking water risks. Chronic contaminants are those that can cause health effects after continuous long-term exposure. This fact sheet discusses the importance of communicating with the public about chronic contaminants - both regulated and unregulated - and describe effective strategies for getting the message out.
Guidance for TSCA
EPA answers to questions on how to manage asbestos in renovation and demolition operations.
This clarification presents correct information with regard to the status of asbestos products that are banned by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as of 18 May 1999, as well as categories of asbestos-containing products that are NOT subject to a ban.
Memorandum issued on 14 August 2003 stating the Agency will not consider the transfer of ownership of real property that is contaminated with PCBs as a prohibited distribution in commerce of PCBs.
EPA Q&A manuals, guidance manuals, and policy statements.
EPA has issued guidance on the handling of PCB-containing fluorescent light ballasts in schools. While directed at schools, it applies to any other building owner or operator as well.
This document/website provides describes EPA's current and planned actions to ensure a coordinated Agency-wide approach to identify, evaluate and reduce the risks to people from asbestos exposure. The plan focuses on improving the state of the science for asbestos; identifying and addressing exposure and seeking risk reduction opportunities associated with asbestos in products, schools and buildings; and better understanding and minimizing asbestos exposures through assessment and cleanup.
This website, provided by the EPA Office of Enforcement, is a collection of policy and guidance documents and strategies used in the enforcement of the TSCA. The listing is not inclusive of all policy and guidance document that may also be relied upon in developing enforcement actions.
Guidance for EPA Programs
This agenda is issued by EPA's Federal Facilities Enforcement Office (FFEO) and the Federal Facilities National Program Managers.
State Regulations
EnvCAP has prepared state resource locators for a wide range of topics to help you find important environmental compliance information specifically for your state. The topics include: stormwater, hazardous waste, asbestos, endangered species, wetlands, universal waste, air pollution, construction and demolition debris, lead-based paint, mercury, OSHA.
Easy access to information about environmental issues in southern California. The site features EPA's work on port diesel emissions, area water quality, local site cleanups, waste recycling, border activities, and tribal projects in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Santa Barbara counties. The site uses interactive maps of southern California to provide local residents with critical environmental information about their own communities and neighborhoods, including current air pollution levels, beach conditions and sun exposure risks.
This provides a link to the state environmental regulatory agencies.
The Environmental Compliance Assistance Platform's state regulations locator tool.
Regulations, Guidance, and Policy Bottom Border
 
Supporting Information and Tools
 
Databases/Software Tools
This interactive site provides basic information about Clean Water Act direct dischargers, such as: - number of permits issued - how frequently sampling data is reviewed to determine if violations occurred - frequency of violations - frequency of formal enforcement actions.
This EPA website provides federal and state compliance information and sustainability content for various combustion processes (i.e., boilers, incinerators, reciprocating internal combustion engines [RICE], and wood heating appliances) that are impacted by federal and state regulations. The site includes calculators to estimate emissions from boilers fired by: propane, butane, natural gas, and oil.
This Models Knowledge Base is an inventory of EPA's environmental models. It contains information about model use (What are the requirements?, How can it be obtained?, and How is it used?) and model science (What is the scientific basis for the model?, How was the model developed?, and Was the model evaluated?).
This EPA tool is designed to help determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where they are discharging. The tool calculates pollutant loadings from permit and DMR data from EPA's Permit Compliance System (PCS) and Integrated Compliance Information System for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES). Data is available for the years 2007 through 2010. The tool also includes wastewater pollutant discharge data from EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).
The discharge monitoring report pollutant loading tool brings together millions of records and allows for easy searching and mapping of water pollution by local area, watershed, company, industry sector and pollutant. Searches can show "top 10" lists to help users easily identify facilities and industries that are discharging the most pollution and impacted waterbodies.
The TDB can help drinking water utilities, water treatment process design engineers, researcher organizations, federal and state regulators, professional organizations, environmental groups, and academicians. It can be used to identify effective drinking water treatment processes, to plan for future treatment plant upgrades, to provide information to first responders to spills or emergencies, to recognize research needs, to complement literature reviews and literature searches, and to assist regulators in Best Available Technology and Contaminant Candidate List (CCL) decisions.
The purpose of this web-based tool is to help a variety of stakeholders evaluate the economic and social impacts of pollution controls needed to meet water quality standards set for specific uses for a waterbody, such as swimming or fishing. This tool could be used by states, territories, tribes, local governments, industry, municipalities and stormwater management districts. The tool will help stakeholders identify and organize the necessary information, and perform calculations to evaluate the costs of pollution control requirements necessary to meet specific water quality standards. The tool prompts users to submit treatment technology information, alternative pollution reduction techniques and their costs and efficiencies, and financing information, as well as explain where that information can be found.
A pilot program allowing regulated entities nationwide to electronically self-report violations of the Environmental Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Facilities located in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas will be able to disclose violations of all environmental laws electronically. EPA said it would consider expanding that program nationwide pending the results of the pilot project.
A Web-based tool that provides public access to compliance and enforcement information for approximately 800,000 EPA-regulated facilities. ECHO allows users to find permit, inspection, violation, enforcement action, and penalty information covering the past two years. The site includes facilities regulated as Clean Air Act stationary sources, Clean Water Act direct dischargers, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act hazardous waste generators/handlers. The data in ECHO are updated monthly.
CDX is the point of entry on the Environmental Information Exchange Network (Exchange Network) for environmental data submissions to the Agency. Its use is supported by the Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) which provides the legal framework for electronic reporting under all of EPA's environmental regulations.
The site is used to report alleged violations of environmental law. Any member of the public can report an alleged violation. The site guides the user through the process and asks questions in a way that allows the person reporting a potential violation to clarify exactly what he or she is reporting. Once a tip is filed online, it is reviewed by the criminal enforcement program at EPA headquarters, within 48 hours if possible.
FedCenter.gov's Facility Regulatory Tour is an activity-based guide designed to help Federal facility environmental managers meet their regulatory requirements. It also provides information on green products, P2 opportunities and best practices related to a particular facility activity.
This website provides ready access to federally maintained geospatial data, services and applications. The website makes it possible for users to create customized maps using federal geospatial data and common geographic maps. They also can integrate their own data into the maps, and share the maps through Web browsers and mobile applications. The platform was developed by the Federal Geographic Data, an interagency committee chaired by the Secretary of the Interior. The panel also includes members from the Office of Management and Budget, Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Examples of maps in the system include: EPA cleanup sites; National Wetland Inventory; USA Soil Survey; and the USGS National Map.
Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US... quickly and in plain language. See if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. The source of this information is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database of State water quality monitoring reports provided under the Clean Water Act.
This interactive CD-Rom and web site is part of EPA’s ongoing public drinking water sustainable infrastructure efforts. The purpose of this guide is to help drinking water system owners and operators better understand the general procedures involved in collecting Safe Drinking Water Act compliance samples. Additional sample shipping suggestions, sample tips, and sample requirements are made available within the body of this interactive guide.
The FedCenter's My Community / My Facility page provides access to the numerous data systems which contain information about issues such as: your compliance record, the permits you have, the wastes generated by your facility and your neighbors, the status of your watersheds, air monitoring data, spills your facility has reported, and population statistics.
This data portal provides access to state ground water data for selected areas (including interstate areas). Not all states have made data available to the portal (This will be a focus of activity in 2013 and beyond). However, USGS and EPA ground water data are currently accessible. States will continue to manage their data. The portal is acts as an access point that puts data in a common format for ease of use. A user can download and save the data to an Excel table or another format. The portal is sponsored by the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI).
The roster search and referral system is accessible to anyone contemplating the use of consensus building and dispute resolution services where environmental, natural resources, or public lands issues are involved.
This EPA tool is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property. The Calculator accesses several national databases that provide soil, topography, rainfall, and evaporation information for the chosen site. The user supplies information about the site's land cover and selects the types of low impact development (LID) controls they would like to use.
A web-based electronic reporting tool that Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitted facilities can use to submit their monthly discharge monitoring reports (DMR). These reports certify whether permit holders are in compliance with their discharge standards.
This EPA website features a national web-based inventory for all non-stormwater NPDES general permits issued by states and the Agency. The inventory includes 508 non-stormwater general permits and is designed with a search tool to provide easily accessible information on master general permits, such as: permit category, permit number, state, permit title, EPA Region, issuance and expiration dates, estimated number of facilities covered by each master general permit, and permitting authority. Where a general permit is available on a state website, the web inventory provides a link so that the specific terms of the general permit can be easily viewed. While the web inventory currently only includes non-stormwater general permits, stormwater general permits will be added in the coming months.
The U.S. EPA has made available comprehensive reports and data on water enforcement in all 50 states. EPA has posted detailed information on the current state of clean water compliance and enforcement in each state, and copies of the latest clean water enforcement and compliance performance reports for each state to the agency's Web site. EPA also launched new Web-based tools to help the public search, assess, and analyze the data the agency used to help prepare those reports.
This EPA web-based application that will allow users to easy access to chemical-specific information from the Office of Pesticide Programs' website and several other important sources. Pesticide Chemical Search is designed to consolidate information related to pesticide chemicals (active ingredients), making it easier to find related regulatory and scientific information.
This site provides information on e-permitting for facilities and states who will use an e-permitting system.
The EPA site of all the activity published by the EPA in the Federal Register covering the period between calendar years 2005-2009. The site offers summary statistics using statistical data in the form of charts, tables and brief summary overviews to inform the public about the types of documents published annually. Users will be able to download and sort the data based on categories of interest.
The SSOAP toolbox is a suite of computer software tools used for quantification of RDII and facilitating capacity analysis of sanitary sewer systems. This toolbox includes USEPA Storm Water Management Model Version 5 (SWMM5) for performing dynamic routing of flows through the sanitary sewer systems.
The EPA has just modernized this national database which is designed and implemented by EPA to meet its needs in the oversight and management of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). SDWIS is EPA's national database for collecting reports of violations of drinking water standards set for microbial, chemical, and radiological contaminants; water treatment techniques; and monitoring and reporting requirements. Data from SDWIS/ODS will be extracted and posted to the EPA Drinking Water Data Warehouse quarterly, and will be available through standard reports in the SDWIS/Reporting Services application
This gateway allows users to search the following 7 different databases and their contents: - MyEnvironment: A wide variety of environmental information by location and maps. - Envirofacts: Pollution, hazardous waste sites, and other regulatory information. - Air Emissions: Air pollution emission types and levels. - Toxics Release Inventory (TRI): Information about toxic chemical releases in your neighborhood. - Cleanups in my Community: Find Superfund, Brownfields, or RCRA corrective action sites, properties, or federal facilities where pollution is being or has been cleaned up. - Facility Registry System: Search for facilities, sites or places subject to environmental regulations. - Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO): Find facility inspections and any enforcement actions.
The interactive state performance dashboards are located on EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website. The ECHO State Comparative Maps provide a quick interactive way to review national trends and compare states and territories.
This EPA tool is a dynamic rainfall-runoff simulation model used for single event or long-term (continuous) simulation of runoff quantity and quality from primarily urban areas. The runoff component of SWMM operates on a collection of subcatchment areas on which rain falls and runoff is generated. The routing portion of SWMM transports this runoff through a conveyance system of pipes, channels, storage/treatment devices, pumps, and regulators. SWMM tracks the quantity and quality of runoff generated within each subcatchment, and the flow rate, flow depth, and quality of water in each pipe and channel during a simulation period comprised of multiple time steps.
SUSTAIN is a decision support system to facilitate selection and placement of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Low Impact Development (LID) techniques at strategic locations in urban watersheds. It was designed for use by watershed and stormwater practitioners to develop, evaluate, and select optimal BMP combinations at various watershed scales on the basis of cost and effectiveness.
This is a secure, online database for contaminants of concern to water security is designed to assist users in planning for and responding to threats and incidents of drinking water contamination. WCIT access will be granted to drinking water and wastewater utilities, state drinking water and wastewater programs, drinking water and wastewater associations, and federal officials (including government laboratory personnel).
This is a data transfer system which now allows states, tribes and other organizations to share their biological and habitat monitoring results. All data shared using the WQX framework can be accessed on-line in the STORET Data Warehouse, EPA's repository for water quality data.
This national database provides access to EPA and state water quality standards (WQS) information in text, tables, and maps. You can access WQS reports with information about designated uses, waterbody names, state numeric water quality criteria, and EPA recommended numeric water quality criteria. Using standard reports, you can compare WQS information across the nation.
Directories/Catalogs/Newsletters
The Monthly Region Reviews for the Northern Regional Environmental Office provides current information on government affairs, environmental and energy related activities and events relevant to U.S. Army interests. The Review is intended to be a tool useful for Army and DoD environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Review monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations.
This monthly newsletter features proposed and final rules and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. The area of coverage is EPA Region 4.
Developed by the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Compendium allows EPA, Inspectors General, GAO, OMB, and other stakeholders interested in environmental programs to use the Compendium database to view data on specific environmental activities. The Compendium 2005 Update combines the benefit of EPA's efforts with those undertaken by other federal agencies and departments. The Compendium identifies how various federal agencies share achievement of environmental goals by listing the number of air, water, land preservation and restoration, and healthy communities and ecosystems activities identified through EPA-OIG research.
Provides links to compliance assistance resources users should know about.
Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3.
Libraries/Repositories
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.
This page contains an index of EPA documents related to water quality standards, including those referenced in the WQS Handbook. You can sort the index alphabetically, by publication date, or by topic.
Organizations
A professional organization dedicated to the development and professional practice of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) auditing. Its mission is to enhance the practice of EHS auditing by creating a national forum and organization to advance ideas, procedures and member interaction.
NEIC is the only environmental forensic center accredited for environmental data measurement activities. The Center conducts applied research to solve problems raised in the implementation of EPA rules and regulations and leads in developing innovative techniques, practices and procedures. NEIC promotes the transfer of new and/or applied technology, and works cooperatively with others who have environmental enforcement responsibilities or who work in the field of environmental science.
Contains comprehensive material on environmental stewardship and regulations that may apply to tribal government operations. Find material on building and funding tribal environmental programs and contact information on federal, tribal and other organizations.
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This annual report profiles the federal government's compliance with various environmental laws based on the most recent reporting data compiled by EPA's Federal Facilities Enforcement Office. The Report provides environmental compliance information back to 1993 so that compliance trends may be observed.
This report contains information on federal government agencies regarding compliance with federal environmental laws, cleanup enforcement, administrative enforcement, inspections and compliance assistance. Environmental compliance information from 1993 to 2007 is presented so trends can be observed, but this report does not attempt to analyze the underlying causes of noncompliance. Progress of EPA's federal facilities enforcement and compliance programs from 2005 to 2007 is also presented.
Database of EPA's frequently asked questions.
At the end of each fiscal year, EPA announces the results of compliance assurance and enforcement activities. Annual results of the compliance and enforcement program and highlights of specific accomplishments are available below. Another presentation of the program's results can be found in the compliance assurance and enforcement Accomplishment Reports.
In 2002, EPA and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) signed a Commitment Statement (PDF, 766.9 KB) committing their organizations to work together to improve environmental compliance of VHA facilities.
GAO report GAO-08-74, November 2007. This report describes (1) DOD's procedures for selecting hazardous waste transporters and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, and ensuring that they properly dispose of hazardous waste; (2) the role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state agencies in ensuring hazardous waste is disposed of safely and in accordance with laws and regulations; and (3) the information that facilities and regulators must publicly report regarding a release of hazardous waste and the enforcement actions taken against facilities found in violation of the applicable laws and regulations.
EPA has released a series of six factsheets on incorporating green infrastructure measures into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wet weather programs. The series builds upon existing EPA authority, guidance, and agreements to describe how EPA and state permitting and enforcement professionals can work with permittees to include green infrastructure measures as part of control programs. The six fact sheets and four supplements address stormwater permits, total maximum daily loads, combined sewer overflow long-term control plans, and enforcement actions. See EPA's Green Infrastructure website at:
Combined Sewer Overflows Treatment, Stormwater, Disinfection, Biological Treatment (Secondary and Advanced), Decentralized Systems Technology, Collection Systems O&M, Biosolids, and Wastewater. Each fact sheet includes the following information: environmental, Public, and consumer benefits; a description of the technology; limitations; consumer tips; costs and references for additional information.
This guide, dated January 2013 and released by American Rivers, encourages permitting approaches that encourage or require "low impact development" or "green infrastructure." The guide combines model permit language with excerpts from comment letters that have helped to drive permit evolution, and is intended to be a resource for community and watershed advocates.
Compliance Auditing
A part of EPA/305-B-04-003, Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development, April 2005, this checklist addresses asbestos requirements related to construction.
This guide is an organized collection of information and series of options for industry, regulators, auditors, consultants and the public, intended to measure compliance with environmental performance standards against established benchmarks. It focuses on compliance with air, water, waste prevention, waste management, and toxic reduction standards for facilities in the United States. While the guide does not recommend a specific course of action, it establishes a tiered framework of essential components, beginning with those standards where a deviation presents the greatest potential public health, environmental, and business risks.
NOTE: This Guide must be purchased from ASTM.
A part of EPA/305-B-04-003, Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development, April 2005, this checklist addresses information related to dredge and fill (Section 404) environmental requirements for construction projects.
A part of EPA/305-B-04-003, Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development, April 2005, this checklist addresses emergency planning and notification requirements along with related clean-up issues.
A part of EPA/305-B-04-003, Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development, April 2005, this checklist reviews the requirements for generators of hazardous waste.
Once a violation has been discovered, a company has 21 days from the time of that discovery to disclose the violation to EPA. Companies should make the disclosure to the EPA Regional Office where the affected facility is located.
The 22 December 1995 EPA audit policy offered major incentives for entities (including federal facilities) to discover, disclose and correct environmental violations. Under the 1995 policy, EPA would not seek gravity-based penalties or recommend that criminal charges be brought for violations that are discovered through an "environmental audit" (as defined in the 1986 audit policy) or a management system reflecting "due diligence" and that are promptly disclosed and corrected, provided that other important safeguards are met.
In the 11 April 2000 revised policy, the incentives that EPA makes available for those who meet the terms of the Audit Policy include the elimination or substantial reduction of the gravity component of civil penalties and a determination not to recommend criminal prosecution of the disclosing entity. The Policy also restates EPA's long-standing practice of not requesting copies of regulated entities' voluntary audit reports to trigger Federal enforcement investigations and reflects EPA's continuing commitment to encouraging voluntary self-policing while preserving fair and effective enforcement. It lengthens the prompt disclosure period to 21 days, clarifies that the independent discovery condition does not automatically preclude Audit Policy credit in the multi-facility context, and clarifies how the prompt disclosure and repeat violations conditions apply in the acquisitions context.
OCONUS Compliance Assessment Protocols (OCAP manuals) are environmental compliance assessment manuals intended for use by Department of Defense (DOD) installations that are located outside the Continental United States (i.e., OCONUS). The OCAP manuals are based on Final Governing Standards (FGS) developed specifically for use in countries that host larger DOD installations. The manuals enable users to: identify applicable environmental regulations, document instances of environmental noncompliance, develop action plans to eliminate the noncompliance, and prevent future noncompliance. Service-specific supplements to the FGS-based OCAP manuals are available for use by the U.S. Air Force and by the U.S. Army. The FGS-based manuals are updated as necessary; the service-specific supplements for use OCONUS are updated quarterly as necessary. FedCenter.gov membership is also required for access to these documents.
A part of EPA/305-B-04-003, Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development, April 2005, this checklist planning, handling, storage, and training requirements related to the use and storage of petroleum products.
A part of EPA/305-B-04-003, Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development, April 2005, this checklist addresses requirements for PCB processing and use prohibitions for construction activities.
A part of EPA/305-B-04-003, Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development, April 2005, this checklist addresses Construction General Permit (CGP) requirements including planning and control measures.
The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Guide is a compliance assessment manual based on U.S. OSHA regulations. It consolidates requirements from the General Industry Standard (29 CFR 1910) and the Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926), and it also includes those for Federal OSH programs and reporting (29 CFR 1904 and 1960). The OSH Guide may be used in self-audits, external audits, and as a reference tool. The manual enables users to: identify applicable regulations, document instances of noncompliance, develop action plans to eliminate the noncompliance, and prevent future noncompliance. Agency-specific supplements to the OSH Guide are available for the Air Force, the Air Force Reserve, and the Air National Guard. Also in this series are manuals based on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements found in 10 CFR 20 and 10 CFR 31. The manuals are updated quarterly as necessary. Access is restricted to FedCenter.gov members and Federal Agency sponsorship.
Between 1997 and 2001 the EPA issued 11 audit protocols that provide coverage of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Water Act (CWA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). In addition, there is a "how to" manual on designing and implementing environmental compliance auditing programs for Federal agencies and facilities. NONE OF THESE DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN UPDATED SINCE THEIR ORIGINAL PUBLICATION.
For up-to-date regulatory information and audit process development, multiple Federal agencies use the U.S. TEAM Guide and the State Supplement to TEAM. These audit protocols/checklists address Federal and state/territory regulations in the following subject areas: air emissions; cultural resources, hazardous materials, hazardous waste, natural resources, NEPA, EMS, environmental noise, cleanup sites, pollution prevention, petroleum storage, pesticides use and storage, storage tanks, toxic substances (PCBs, asbestos, radon, lead-based paint), wastewater, and drinking water. These audit protocols/checklists are available to personnel from department/agency TEAM partners via FedCenter.gov membership. If your Department/Agency is not a TEAM partner, or for more information about TEAM, please view the fact sheet.
The Environmental Compliance Assessment System (ECAS) program was developed and implemented by HQDA in 1991-92 in response to the recommendation made by EPA in 1986. Active army installations are assessed for compliance performance approximately every three years.
Enforcement
This memorandum, dated 7 July 2008, clarifies EPA's position regarding the relationship between EO requirements and proposed Federal Agency SEPs. The document explains those situations where a proposal that is similar in nature to directives of an EO may otherwise be acceptable under the SEP policy regarding acceptance of proposals "that may not have otherwise occurred" without the settlement.
The EPA’s Civil Enforcement at Federal Facilities website provides compliance policy and guidance for federal facilities across the following enforcement topics: CAA, CERCLA, Cross-Media, CWA, EPCRA, FIFRA, RCRA, SDWA, and TSCA.
The EPA policy and guidance documents provided below relate to EPA's Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) Policy that are currently in use.
Property Disposal
This document is from the GSA Public Building Service and provides an overview of the GSA process for Federal real property disposal.
Published by the GSA Office of Real Property Utilization and Disposal, this document provides landholding Agencies and GSA Utilization and Disposal Realty Specialists with an easy-to-use framework for explaining compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders applicable to the acceptance and disposal of Federal real property. Landholding Agencies are encouraged to use this handbook as an informational tool when completing the Excess Real Property Checklist.
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Training, Presentations, and Briefings
These slides were presented in December 2011 as a part of EPA's Watershed Academy.
Offered as part of the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) Continuing Education Courses, this course will provide an introduction to the concepts and technologies of low impact development, with an overview and emphasis on strategies for protecting and conserving water on site. If you don't have a WBDG account, you will have to register (for free) before gaining access to the courses.
The objective of this course is for each DoD student to comprehend advanced technical and regulatory requirements of air quality. The course will enable students to build on basic knowledge to effectively manage a complex and dynamic air quality program. Topics include: air emission inventory techniques, state implementation plans, permit maintenance, New Source Review, Air Force air quality issues, and legal issues.
This EPA-sponsored course focuses on issues and techniques for the more senior inspector to help enhance and improve their inspection techniques and results. This course does not focus on any specific media but covers subject applicable to inspections in all media. The course is intended to provide additional tools to obtain information before, during and after an inspection. The course will present "best practices" for conducting inspections and give the students an opportunity to discuss how these "best practices" apply or not to their own inspections. Each class will have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate specific issues or areas of interest to them.
This course provides a broad overview of air quality analysis as practiced in the US. After completing the course, participants will have gained an understanding of the basic terminology used in air quality analyses, will be familiar with the various interrelated aspects of air pollution control, and will have an excellent foundation for future endeavors in the air quality field. This course is offered by the Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC).
This is a course offered to DoD students to prepare activity/installation Air Quality Managers for managing an activity/installation air quality management program. Topics include: Compliance, emission inventories and processes, sampling, permitting, pollution prevention and reduction strategy, control technology, indoor air quality, resource management, EPA perspective, conformity, sampling and analysis modeling, emission control technology and emission credits. The course is intended for military Active duty or a civil service employee working in air compliance whether at regional or facility level.
Learn more about the recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The webcast will provide a broad overview of the proposed rule and its costs and benefits. The webcast presentation will be posted in advance. Participants are eligible to receive a certificate for attending this webcast.
Offered by Federal Occupational Health, classroom training is available related to asbestos abatement, asbestos inspection, asbestos operations and maintenance, and asbestos awareness. The courses vary in duration depending on the complexity of the material being addressed. If you have any questions or are interested in a training for your Federal employees, please contact the FOH Training Center at 202-205-2853 or email fohtrainingcenter@foh.hhs.gov.
On 14 November 2012 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a stormwater compliance webinar for Federal facilities. The webinar provided a framework to understand Industrial Stormwater compliance requirements, and issues affecting the Federal sector. This 45-minute presentation covered specific regulatory areas identified by compliance inspectors as problems or concerns affecting the Federal sector. The webinar was delivered by an experienced compliance inspector. Case studies were used during the webinar to help reinforce the material. A Q & A Session 45-minutes provided time to interact with the compliance inspector and ask specific Stormwater questions.
Presented by EPA on 13 December 2012, if your facility manages any type of oil, this presentation will provide a framework to understand SPCC compliance requirements, and issues affecting the Federal sector. This information is intended for Federal personnel and contractors who are involved in environmental compliance activities at Federal facilities.
This course is a joint EPA/State of California training. The course is designed to teach environmental agency inspectors and other environmental compliance professionals core knowledge, skills, and cross program awareness needed to conduct quality inspections.
Becoming a skilled negotiator improves management effectiveness and preserves positive working relationships. The program works from the proven premise that every negotiation involves multiple dimensions of interests and introduces attendees to a straightforward model to plan and engage in negotiations effectively.
The audio/video recording of EPA Region 1's "Common Violations at Federal Facilities - Ask the EPA Inspector" webinar held October 27, 2010, is now available for viewing at http://www.fedcenter.gov/asktheepainspector.
The overall goal of the course is for attendees to come away with an understanding of principles and techniques for maintaining a professional demeanor while managing conflict, as well as knowledge of strategies that help keep a conflict from getting in the way of productivity.
This day-long training provides the skills to develop, manage, monitor, document and promote a successful recycling program for construction and demolition debris. Participants receive three year Accreditation in Construction Waste Recycling and training to obtain LEED construction waste management points.
This APTI advanced course is a study program designed to develop a working knowledge of continuous gas emission monitoring systems. The course reviews operating characteristics and common maintenance techniques used to provide continuous operation of both extractive and in-situ monitors. Discussions focus on regulatory specifications in terms of instrument design, installation, and performance testing. Both existing regulatory programs and the implications of pending specifications are considered.
Training is sponsored by the Auditing Roundtable. It addresses issues such as ethics and standards of conduct, audit program design, pre-audit activities, onsite audit activities, post-audit activities, and internal controls.
Addresses inventorying chemicals, emergency planning, emergency releases, and community right-to-know.
Training is sponsored by the Auditing Roundtable. It addresses regulatory applicability, typical process operations, and pollution prevention.
This Site provides information on available, accredited renovation, repair, and painting trainers accredited by EPA.
This presentation was given 18 January 2012 to provide an overview of the RICE regulations.
Facilitation skills are used to form productive teams, plan programs, and to implement controversial projects. Trained facilitators help groups communicate productively, constructively manage diverse points of view, and create concrete actions as a result of meetings.
These are training materials developed by GSA. The training targets GSA's building managers but can be used as needed for helping to develop your own agency's training program. The materials include a test, or assessment at the end to quiz trainees on what they have learned.
This online course contains an overview of Cal/EPA Boards, Departments and local agencies, environmental law, environmental science, the role of the environmental inspector and basic field health and safety.
This rule applies to gasoline tanker trucks and gas stations. It sets practice standards and requires recordkeeping. Requirements are based on your monthly throughput.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to describe the following: general principles of quality assurance; general quality assurance considerations for the acquisition, installation, and operation of air quality monitoring systems; quality control programs and data quality assessment for SLAMS and PSD air monitoring; and audit criteria and procedures for air quality monitoring networks.
The Hazardous Waste Facility Operators is a 40-hour course that provides information needed by personnel who work at, manage, or supervise activity hazardous waste (HW) Treatment, Storage, Disposal (TSD) facilities or less than 90-day accumulation facilities. Course trains personnel to perform their duties safely and in compliance with legal and Navy policy requirements. This course is offered by the Navy and is meant for personnel who work at TSD facilities, less than 90-day accumulation facilities, on-board hazardous waste trainers.
These are training materials developed by GSA. The training targets GSA's building managers but can be used as needed for helping to develop your own agency's training program. The materials include a test, or assessment at the end to quiz trainees on what they have learned.
Training is sponsored by the Auditing Roundtable. It addresses health and safety regulatory applicability and impacts of various work activities.
A part of the Water Quality Standards Program, this training outlines the requirements of public involvement and highlights good practices for creating an effective public participation process in decisions that affect water quality. Links to EPA policy, resources and tools are provided throughout the module and compiled at the end of the presentation for further development of a tailored public involvement process.
This course introduces terms used in ambient air monitoring and presents practical information about the monitoring process. Theoretical monitoring concepts are also described.
The goal of this course is to familiarize air pollution inspectors with the principles of baseline inspection techniques, to present basic descriptions of fan and ventilation system operations and specific air pollution control devices, and to present the applicable Level 1 and 2 inspection steps for these control devices. The course also presents general considerations for all facility inspections, including safety procedures.
This APTI course is an introduction to the operation of boilers. It is designed for engineers and other technical persons responsible for inspecting boilers. The course focuses on the major components of boilers and how boilers operate to produce steam, heat and electricity.
This one hour web-based course makes available consistent, high quality environmental justice training to Federal personnel across the country.
This 24 hour course provides information needed by personnel who generate hazardous waste to perform their duties safely and in compliance with legal and Navy policy standards. The RCRA regulation 40 CFR 262 establishes standards for HW generators. In California, this course covers - Title 22. For other states, upon request, this course can be modified to include local state laws and requirements. This course is offered by the Navy and personnel eligible to attend include personnel (military or civilian) who generate, package, handle, store, transport, or manage hazardous materials or waste in the performance of their duties.
This APTI course is designed to introduce students to the terms and concepts associated with Title V requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The level of information is such that the course will provide an overview for technical, nontechnical, management, and other personnel needing to understand the fundamentals of the Title V permit process.
This EPA presentation provides an introduction to injection wells, the framework of the UIC program, relevant geology, and the challenges facing today s UIC program.
This EPA presentation is designed to acquaint technical personnel with basic permitting components and issues.
Offered by Federal Occupational Health, classroom training is available related to lead abatement, lead inspection, lead paint repair and maintenance, and lead awareness. The courses vary in duration depending on the complexity of the material being addressed. If you have any questions or are interested in a training for your Federal employees, please contact the FOH Training Center at 202-205-2853 or email fohtrainingcenter@foh.hhs.gov.
This EPA website links to state requirements and training opportunities for drinking water facility operators.
Offered by the Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC), This course provides an overview of low-impact development approaches and resources for building industry professionals. Low Impact Development (LID) is an alternative, systems-level approach to conventional stormwater management. Critical for the Pacific Northwest where water quality and salmon habitat protection are key issues, LID offers opportunities for sustainable site design and water efficiency.
The purpose of the course is to recertify housekeeping and medical facility personnel who package and ship regulated medical waste. Personnel who package and ship other biomedical material (e.g. samples and specimens) should register for the 5-day USAPHC Transport of Biomedical Materials Course. This course is offered by the U.S. Army Public Health Command.
A series of PDF presentations by the EPA Drinking Water Academy on the arsenic rule, groundwater rule, backwash rule, and the lead and copper rule to name a few.
These slides were presented in December 2011 as a part of EPA's Watershed Academy.
Originally offered by the EPA's Water Permits Division in September 2012, this course is intended for Pretreatment Coordinators, Industrial Dischargers, and Consultants.
Originally offered by the EPA's Water Permits Division in September 2010, this 2-h course discusses the background of industrial wastewater surveys used to identify industrial user discharges of concern to POTWs and procedures for conducting surveys.
Originally offered by the EPA's Water Permits Division in June 2011, this 2-h course is intended to inform interested parties who might otherwise be unfamiliar with the requirements of the National Pretreatment Program. Topics reviewed will include how the Clean Water Act pertains to the program, the General Pretreatment Regulations, and the POTW pretreatment program implementation requirements.
Originally offered by the EPA's Water Permits Division in September 2011, this 2-h course is intended to inform interested parties who might otherwise be unfamiliar with the requirements of the National Pretreatment Program. This webcast defines the 3 types of Pretreatment Standards, the users associated with them, and how these standards are applies.
Originally offered by the EPA's Water Permits Division in October 2012, this course is intended for Pretreatment Coordinators, Industrial Dischargers, and Consultants.
Originally offered by the EPA's Water Permits Division in January 2011, this 2-h course discusses the regulatory background or the POTW's requirement to conduct compliance inspections at industrial facilities, required compliance inspection frequencies for the different industrial user classifications, procedures for conducting compliance inspections, inspector responsibilities and qualifications, and procedures for handling confidential information.
Originally offered by the EPA's Water Permits Division in September 2011, this 2-h course is intended for POTW personnel responsible for local pretreatment program implementation. This webcast provides an overview of the local limit development process, the implementation of local limits on discharges to POTW, and the content of a local limit evaluation report.
Training on RCRA that was presented over a 3-day period by DOE. Training is in PDF files.
From EPA, multiple modules addressing topics such as containment buildings, air emissions at hazardous waste sites, drip pads, tanks, used oil, universal waste, closure, etc. These modules were developed to be used as training for call center specialists. These modules are no longer updated by the EPA but can be used as a reference.
An overview of microbial contaminants, the health risks they pose, treatment techniques, the SDWA, and 6 year review. This training is presented by EPA.
Powerpoint presentation providing insight to the August 2013 revision to the Guidance for Regional Inspectors. Presentations on the material were done throughout October and November 2013.
This EPA training provides an overview of the risk communication requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
An interactive, behind-the-scenes, approach to understanding the programs, regulations, and people that protect your drinking water. This training is presented by EPA.
A series of PDF presentations by the EPA Drinking Water Academy with an overview of the SDWA.
Discussion of the EPA Audit Policy and how it works. Presentation given at the Federal Environmental Symposium – East, June 2008 by Jose J. Jimenez of EPA Region 3.
In early 2011, EPA held six national implementation workshops for Regional and State regulators to provide an overview of the Class VI GS rule elements, implementation considerations, and the primacy application, review, and approval process. This training includes the presentations from those workshops.
3-h Web-based course (not CD-ROM) is designed to orient new employees, provide refresher training, and supplement annual training for the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. Topics include the function of each class of well, variations of well types within a class (when applicable), mechanical integrity testing (MIT) of each well class, and plugging and abandonment of each class of well.
DOE's UST workshop addressing leak detection, reporting, and response. Training is in PDF files.
Presentation by Cliff Rothenstein, EPA OUST, on September 7, 2005, at the ECOS Federal Facilities forum on the Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act of 2005.
These are training materials developed by GSA. The training targets GSA's building managers but can be used as needed for helping to develop your own agency's training program. The materials include a test, or assessment at the end to quiz trainees on what they have learned.
The UST-LUST Virtual Classroom – currently consisting of two modules – provides cost effective, core-curriculum training to state and EPA UST inspectors and staff, as well as others interested in learning about USTs. The first module, Introduction To The Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Program, provides an explanation of the UST regulations; identifies the differences between the UST and leaking UST programs; discusses financial responsibility; and orients new users to the components of an UST system. The second module, Basic UST Inspector Training, describes how inspectors can prepare for and conduct compliance inspections at typical UST sites.
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