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EPA's new permittting



This is a forwarded email from Margaret Nover.


     PERMITTING CHANGES WILL INCREASE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS 
     
     
     EPA announced a new regulatory initiative on Feb. 16 to improve 
     environmental permitting, one of the most critical elements of the 
     environmental regulatory system, as part of the Clinton-Gore
Administration 
     efforts to make environmental and public health protection programs
work 
     more efficiently and effectively.  Over 92,000 single media permits 
     presently exist under Federal environmental laws.  Permits are issued
by 
     the states when delegated federal permitting authority, or by EPA, to 
     control pollution and other environmental risks.  Under the new plan,
the 
     Agency will be working on permitting changes that increase
environmental 
     results and meet various needs of regulated facilities and other
interested 
     stakeholders.  The plan will focus on improvements in five areas:
creating 
     performance-based features that specify goals without prescribing how
they 
     must be met; encouraging pollution prevention and other approaches that

     reduce environmental risks beyond the level required; improving public 
     participation in permitting decisions; reducing administrative
paperwork; 
     and exploring the benefits that may be gained from integrating
permitting 
     activities within air, water and other environmental programs.
     


Margaret Nover
Pollution Prevention Program
City of Portland, Oregon
(503) 823-7623
margaret@bes.ci.portland.or.us