November 8, 2017

EPA’s Draft FY 2018–2022 Strategic Plan Released

The Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010 holds federal agencies accountable for using resources wisely and achieving program results. Specifically, the law requires agencies to develop strategic plans that 1) include a mission statement; 2) set out long-term goals, objectives, and strategic measures; and 3) describe strategies to achieve them over a four-year time frame.

EPA has released its Draft FY 2018–2022 EPA Strategic Plan that reflects the administrator’s priorities for advancing the agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment. The 38-page plan sets out three strategic goals:

  1. Core mission—deliver real results to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water.
  2. Cooperative federalism—rebalance the power between Washington and the states to create tangible environmental results for the American people.
  3. Rule of law and process—administer the law, as Congress intended, to refocus the agency on its statutory obligations under the law.

Waste Management Measures

While the strategic plan addresses all media, we will focus on the waste management strategic measures. To achieve the first goal above, two measures are identified: 1) making additional brownfield, Superfund, and RCRA corrective action sites ready for anticipated use; and 2) completing additional leaking underground storage tank cleanups to meet risk-based standards for human exposure and ground-water migration.

Strategies identified to achieve the objective of land revitalization and contamination prevention include:

The agency anticipates that its final strategic plan will be submitted to Congress in February 2018. Although the comment period has expired, you may still download EPA’s Draft FY 2018–2022 Strategic Plan, dated October 2, 2017. You may also access the Docket Folder which contains supporting documents and public comments.


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