Frequent Questions

EPA Actions does not require EPA regional offices to prioritize the same types of permits and adopt the same outreach activities. Why doesn't EPA require regional offices to always prioritize certain permits and always do certain outreach activities?

EPA Actions strikes an important balance between national consistency and regional flexibility. The Agency-wide guidelines establish national consistency by providing EPA’s expectations for the regional implementation plans. At the same time, EPA recognizes that the regional offices need the flexibility to take actions suited to the types of permits and communities typically seen within the region. EPA believes that each regional office has the insight and experience to develop strategies tailored to their particular circumstances. To support this regional flexibility, EPA Actions does not prescribe which permits the EPA regional offices must prioritize or which outreach activities they must adopt.

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