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NYT: EPA Vows Better Enforcement of Water Act
October 22, 2009, 8:42 am
Filed under: News

The Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that it would overhaul enforcement of the Clean Water Act, as lawmakers sharply criticized the agency’s decade-long lapses in punishing polluters.

Brendan Hoffman

Lisa P. Jackson, the head of the E.P.A., said the agency was “falling short of this administration’s expectations for the effectiveness of our clean water enforcement.”

At a daylong hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the E.P.A. administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, said that agency officials “are falling short of this administration’s expectations for the effectiveness of our clean water enforcement programs.”

“The time is long overdue for E.P.A. to re-examine its approach to Clean Water Act enforcement,” said Ms. Jackson, who was confirmed to her position in January. She added that the agency would set strict benchmarks for state regulators, eventually compel companies to submit electronic pollution records so violations could be detected and punished more easily, and “develop more innovative approaches to target enforcement to the most serious violations and the most significant sources.”

Read the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/16/business/energy-environment/16water.html

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