July 15, 2019

National Compliance Initiatives Bring New Focus

The FY2020–2023 national compliance initiatives (NCIs) have been released by EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). Every few years, EPA reviews and updates its NCIs to help federal and state regulators focus on areas of widespread noncompliance or areas that otherwise need extra attention for protection of human health and the environment. To assist federal, state, and tribal personnel in implementing these NCIs, OECA is developing implementation frameworks consisting of compliance assistance, self-audits, and various enforcement actions. For FY2020–2023, there are seven NCIs that align with the agency’s strategic plan:

For the RCRA-focused among us, reducing air emissions from hazardous waste facilities means Subparts AA, BB, and CC compliance, which was also an NCI from FY2016–2019. These subparts, found in Parts 264 and 265, require large quantity generators and TSD facilities to reduce organic air emissions from hazardous waste management units. Last year, EPA released a compliance advisory to assist the regulated community in understanding its air emissions compliance requirements. You can get the compliance advisory and our summary from our website.

 


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