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EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) selects multi-year national priorities focusing on specific environmental problems, risks, or patterns of noncompliance. A performance-based strategy is developed for each national priority to characterize
This past summer, EPA Regions were asked to review the national priority selection criteria to help inform their recommendations on which priorities, in part or in whole, EPA should continue through FY 2010. In addition, the EPA Regions discussed the priorities with the states and tribes, to get their opinion on whether the existing priorities should be continued, in part or in whole, for the next three fiscal years.
States and tribes were also encouraged to put forward any new suggestions for priorities that they would like to see considered at a national level. Feedback to date from EPA Regions, states and tribes has been generally supportive of continuing with the existing set of national priorities. OECA uses the following criteria to select national priorities:
The proposed set of FY 2008-2010 national priorities are shown below.
• Clean Water Act—Stormwater.
• Clean Water Act—Combined Sewer Overflow.
• Clean Water Act—Sanitary Sewer Overflow.
• Clean Water Act—Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
• Clean Air Act—New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration.
• Clean Air Act—Air Toxics.
• RCRA & CERCLA—Financial Assurance.
• RCRA—Mining & Mineral Processing.
The FY 2005-2007 Petroleum Refining priority will not continue into FY 2008-2010 as a national priority. The priority has met its primary goal of addressing 80% of the national refining capacity. It is important to note that discontinuation as a national priority does not mean that the Agency will no longer focus on these areas, but rather the work will continue as part of the Agency's core program activities.
The table below includes a brief description of the environmental problem in each priority area. Greater detail and background information on each priority area can be found at
At this time we are inviting comments on this list of national priorities and welcome recommendations on other areas that you think should be considered as national priority candidates. EPA intends to consider public comments as we develop a limited number of recommended FY 2008-2010 priorities. When submitting responses to this Notice, commentors should rank which of the areas listed above should be a top concern for national focus, as well as suggest others not included on the current list. If additional problem areas are identified, the commentor should provide supporting information relating to the previously listed criteria. Suggested priority areas that are not chosen may be candidates for individual Regional or State attention and/or continued investigation. Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA-2007-0066. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the closing date will be marked “late,” and may only be considered if time permits. It is EPA's policy to include all comments it receives in the public docket without change and to make the comments available online at
After receiving comments in response to this Notice, we expect to complete an analysis of proposed priorities and provide a list of final recommendations to OECA's Assistant Administrator for approval. EPA will share the final recommendations with the Regions, states and tribes in a subsequent