EPA Increasingly Enforcing Regulations
Although it is the close of the year 2023, the EPA is already stepping up their game with enforcing regulations and demonstrating their presence among facilities nationwide. Environmental Justice (EJ) will be especially focused on reducing the methane emissions of pollutant-overburdened communities, including wastewater facilities, oil and gas facilities, and landfills. They are also beginning to enforce regulations to Mexico, Canada, and Tribal Nations as they target illegal trade of chemicals, engines, hazardous waste, and more. Over 40 cases used new technology for targeting and testing for these international cases alone.
EPA Assistant Administrator David Uhlmann noted in the EPA’s Climate Enforcement and Compliance Strategy that “mitigating climate change” and addressing PFAS will be two of the six National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives for 2024 through 2027. The EPA’s Climate Enforcement and Compliance Strategy will prioritize enforcement and compliance; include climate adaptation and resilience clauses to every case whenever possible; and provide the tools and staff to achieve climate solutions. One such goal is to comply with the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act by reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% by 2036. The hope is that a global phasedown of HFCs will prevent global warming of 0.5oC.
EPA is increasingly enforcing environmental laws. According to the Enforcement and Compliance Annual Results for Fiscal Year 2023 | US EPA, this year the EPA opened 199 criminal cases, 70% more than in 2022. The EPA is increasing its staff, and it showed this year with over 7,700 inspections (EPA’s enforcement results bounce back – E&E News by POLITICO (eenews.net)), including on-site inspections and offsite monitoring. Major focus is on PFAS and Climate Change, reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as increasing the reporting of pollutants like carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
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