EPA seeks public comment on National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2024-2027

U.S. EPA is soliciting public comment and recommendations on the National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives (NECIs) for fiscal years 2024-2027 (formerly called National Compliance Initiatives).

EPA proposes to continue four of the six current national initiatives during the FY 2024-2027 cycle and return two of the current national initiatives to the core enforcement and compliance program. In addition, EPA proposes to address environmental justice concerns in all NECIs, and to add two new NECIs on mitigating climate change and addressing PFAS pollution, for the FY 2024-2027 cycle. 

EPA is proposing to continue the following four current NECIs in the FY 2024-2027 cycle:

  1. Creating Cleaner Air for Communities by Reducing Excess Emissions of Harmful Pollutants.
  2. Reducing Risks of Accidental Releases at Industrial and Chemical Facilities.
  3. Reducing Significant Non-Compliance in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program.
  4. Reducing Non-Compliance with Drinking Water Standards at Community Water Systems.

EPA is proposing to return these two current NECIs to the core enforcement and compliance programs:

  1. Reducing Toxic Air Emissions from Hazardous Waste Facilities.
  2. Stopping Aftermarket Defeat Devices for Vehicles and Engines. 

EPA is proposing to add these two new NECIs in the FY 2024-2027 cycle:

  1. Mitigating Climate Change.
  2. Addressing PFAS Contamination.

EPA is also taking comment on whether to add an NECI to address Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) pollution and/or lead contamination. The Agency is also accepting additional suggestions from the public. 

Comments are due by March 13.

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