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High Priority Performance Goal (HPPG)

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A High Priority Performance Goal (HPPG) is a measurable commitment that represents high priorities for the agency; has high relevance to the public or reflects the achievement of key agency missions; and will produce significant, measurable results over the next 12 to 24 months.  EPA has six HPPGs (PDF) (252 pp, 3.3MB, About PDF):  two for air, two for water, one for brownfields, and one for water enforcement.  This page provides information on the HPPG for water enforcement.

The water enforcement HPPG is to:

EPA chose to cast the HPPG as targeting enforcement to address important water pollution problems. This is the first element of the Clean Water Act Action Plan.

To achieve this HPPG, EPA is focusing on waters that states and EPA have determined do not achieve water quality standards. These waters include waters that states have assessed as impaired and waters that have yet to be assessed, but for which EPA has water quality monitoring information showing that water quality standards are exceeded. The Agency is taking Clean Water Act enforcement action on facilities illegally discharging pollutants into these impaired waters.

In 2009, EPA took Clean Water Act enforcement actions on 368 facilities that resulted in reduced pollutant discharges to water. Of these facilities, 119 (32%) discharged into waters not achieving water quality standards. 

In 2010, EPA took Clean Water Act enforcement actions on 581 facilities that resulted in reduced pollutant discharges to water. Of these facilities, 280, (49%) discharged into waters not achieving standards.

The map below shows enforcement taken in 2010 that reduced pollutant discharges to water.   Zoom in to pinpoint the exact facility location.  Click on the location indicator to obtain additional information on the environmental enforcement case at that facility. For additional information see Questions About the Map.

Civil enforcement actions at facilities and criminal enforcement actions.

Questions About the Map

  1. What information do these maps display?

    The interactive maps provided on EPA’s Annual Results Web site show facilities in the United States where the EPA concluded an environmental enforcement action between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010 (FY 2010). These maps do not show environmental enforcement actions taken by state or local environmental agencies or other federal agencies. There are several interactive maps: one map shows all EPA FY 2010 enforcement actions that are able to be mapped, and separate maps show just those enforcement actions that were taken under air, water, waste, chemical, and criminal laws in addition to a map that shows environmental justice grant recipients and environmental justice showcase communities.

  2. What are the limitations of interactive maps?

    Interactive mapping tools are a challenge for accessibility due to the inherent visual aspects of mapping. These maps cannot be made fully accessible under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended in 1998). If a person needs accommodations due to a disability, additional assistance is available in obtaining information on the environmental enforcement actions taken at the facilities shown on these interactive maps. Individuals, who may need information not accessible to them, can contact Allison Landsman for assistance by email (landsman.allison@epa.gov).

  3. What do the maps allow me to do?

    The maps allow the user to navigate across the United States and to zoom in and out of places of interest. If you have an interest in a specific location, we recommend that you zoom into the location by entering a city, state, or zip code in the search box or by utilizing the zoom bar in the upper left corner of the map. After you zoom in, the facility location indicator will change from a dot to a flag and you will be able to click on the flag indicator to obtain additional information on the environmental enforcement case and the facility.

  4. Why do some of the markers on the map have plus signs inside them?

    Sometimes the EPA takes an environmental enforcement action that impacts more than one facility. Facilities impacted by a multiple facility environmental enforcement action have a plus sign inside the location indicator marker.

  5. How can I get additional information on particular enforcement case and facility?

    Once a particular enforcement action or facility is identified, zoom into the map until the facility location indicator switchs from a dot to a flag. Once the facility location indicator switches to a flag, click on the flag and a bubble will appear with additional links and information.
    1. The first item is a link allowing you to access the Enforcement Compliance History Online (ECHO) case report for the particular enforcement case and facility. The ECHO case report includes a case summary, penalty amounts, laws violated, facilities affected, any pollutants reduced, and complying actions required.
    2. The second item indicates the laws associated with the enforcement action.
    3. The third item is a link called “More Information” and is available for some facilities that have a press release or a case highlight in the annual results Web site. It will be gray if no additional informaiton is available.
    4. The fourth item is a link called “FRS ID:” You can obtain additional information on the facility impacted by the enforcement action from the ECHO Detailed Facility Report. The ECHO facility report includes histories of inspections, enforcement actions, and chemical releases, as well as a demographic profile of the surrounding area.
    5. The fifth item is a link called "Multi-Facility" and will be present only for location indicators with a plus sign inside them. The "Multi-Facility" link allows you to open an additional map and view the location of all the facilities associated with the multi-facility case selected.

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