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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results FY2008:
Compliance Assistance Tools

FY2008 Annual Results Topics

Each year, EPA develops and supports the development of new tools to help the regulated community understand their federal environmental obligations.  The tools vary in type, including:  Web sites, compliance guides, newsletters, webinars, manuals, etc.  Here we have highlighted just a few of the over 150 new tools developed this year; hundreds of other tools are found throughout EPA’s Web sites.  If you have trouble locating a particular assistance tool, please contact your Regional Compliance Assistance Coordinator.

Web sites

Financing for Environmental Compliance

EPA estimates that communities will need to spend more than $500 Billion dollars over the next twenty years just to improve environmental infrastructure.  To help communities plan for major environmental infrastructure improvements, EPA created the Financing for Environmental Compliance Web site.  This Web site provides a step-by-step financial planning process that can help communities determine their technical and financial needs and find specific air, waste and water resources to meet their compliance goals. 

Local government representatives, pollution prevention organizations and state and federal assistance providers participated in the webinars and presentations demonstrating the Financing for Environmental Compliance (FEC) Web site.  During a June, 2008 webinar, the Mayor of Conway, NC enthusiastically promoted the Web site to other webinar participants.  He stated that he intended to use the planning and financial information to help his town pay for needed environmental infrastructure.  EPA staff routinely revise the Web site to keep the most up-to-date environmental financing tools and information available to communities.

Virtual Trade Show for Marinas

EPA Region 1 designed a boat pressure washing virtual trade show designed to introduce marina and boat yard owners to technologies available for controlling pressure wash water. This includes technologies such as recycling systems, containment tanks and filtration – related products. Technology information is displayed in a fact sheet format that details system specifications, site and pretreatment requirements, costs, maintenance needs, and other factors useful for evaluating and selecting a system appropriate to local conditions.

Environmental Compliance Assistance Center for Colleges and Universities

This year EPA and its partners launched the Campus Environmental Resource Center.Exit EPA Disclaimer This is a multifaceted, Web-based library of resources to provide America’s nearly 4,200 colleges and universities comprehensive compliance assistance and pollution prevention information and tools specifically tailored to support environmental performance improvement on America’s campuses. 

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Long Island Sound Riparian Toolbox

This Web-based “toolbox” assembles existing materials that local officials will find helpful in drafting and implementing regulations to protect riparian areasExit EPA Disclaimer .

Coastal Riparian Buffer Analysis

This Web site can be used to assess riparian buffersExit EPA Disclaimer , helping environmental managers and local governments direct future efforts in the subregional watershed.

Impervious Surface Mapping

This Web-based map is a tool to help municipalities adopt limitations on impervious surfacesExit EPA Disclaimer , with an overall goal of minimizing increases in impervious cover to a rate consistent with population change.

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Compliance Guides & Manuals

Tribal School Environmental Compliance Assistance Guide

EPA Region 7 created a compact disc (CD) to assist Tribal school districts and Tribal schools in complying with federal environmental laws and regulations and in maintaining school facilities that are safe and healthy for students and staff.  The “Tribal School Environmental Compliance Assistance Guide” CD provides quick access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools. These issues include asbestos, mercury, lead-based paint, chemical use and storage, drinking water, pesticides, PCBs, mold, formaldehyde, solid waste, underground and above-ground storage tanks and more. The CD provides background information, details about possible sources of environmental hazards in schools, applicable EPA regulations or voluntary guidelines, resources for further information and subject matter contacts in Region 7.

CAA Leak Detection and Repair  - A Best Practices Guide

The CAA Leak Detection and Repair: A Best Practices Guide (52 pp, 1.3MB, about PDF) is for regulated entities as well as inspectors.  It highlights some of the problems identified with Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programs focusing on Method 21 requirements and describes the practices that can be used to increase the effectiveness of an LDAR program.  Specifically, the document explains: the importance of regulating equipment leaks; the major elements of an LDAR program; typical mistakes made when monitoring to detect leaks; problems that occur from improper management of an LDAR program; and a set of best practices that can be used to implement an effective LDAR Program.

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TSCA Import Compliance Guide

The “Compliance Guide for the Chemical Import Requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act” (Import Guide) provides compliance information about which chemicals (single or multiple chemicals combined into a mixture) are subject to TSCA and how to comply with TSCA certification requirements.  The Import Guide is readily available through the Compliance Assistance International Border Center.Exit EPA Disclaimer

Environmental Manual for Ethanol Facilities

This user-friendly manual, developed by EPA Region 7, identifies environmental regulatory rules and requirements for construction and operation of ethanol production facilities.  The manual serves as a road map of federal environmental information, such as requirements that apply to air, water, hazardous waste, and accident prevention and release reporting.  A contact directory of key federal and state officials is included in the manual.

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Factsheets, Posters, Newsletters & Other Tools

Fact Sheet on Imported Pesticides

EPA Region 7 developed a flier in six languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Laotian, to inform and educate ethnic marketplaces that sell imported products. The flier provides information about the risks involved in selling unregistered pesticide products, which might be hazardous to human health, and about the laws associated with knowingly selling such products.  Illegal pesticides are often much more toxic than registered pesticides for use in and around homes. Across the country, EPA has initiated an effort to protect consumers from these products and has increased efforts to raise public awareness of these product dangers.

Operators of ethnic marketplaces that offer a variety of imported products often don't realize the dangers unregistered pesticides can pose to their customers. Registration of pesticides is important to assure that the formulation, labeling, and packaging of the product have the appropriate protective measures for human health and the environment.

Basic Training for Compliance Assistance Providers (BCAP)

EPA developed electronic training modules, available through NETI OnlineExit EPA Disclaimer , to help environmental assistance providers provide effective assistance, conduct meaningful outcome measurement, and successfully market the assistance to the target audience.  The training course is designed to provide basic compliance information primarily for U.S. EPA staff and managers, or anyone who wishes to become familiar or reacquaint themselves with the national compliance assistance program.  The modules are designed for classroom or individual learning sessions and each module takes about 60-90 minutes.

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Fleet Maintenance Compliance Poster

One of the three major tools developed for the fleet maintenance sector is the Fleet Maintenance Compliance Wall Poster (the other two tools are the Fleet Maintenance Web site and a compliance assistance CD).  The main purpose of the poster is to provide a quick reference for shop workers to refer to during standard operations.  The poster contains regulatory reminders on how to manage hazardous waste, reduce air emissions, and manage waste water (including storm water runoff), management of underground and above-ground storage tanks, recordkeeping practices, and pollution prevention information. 

Informing Federal Agencies of Expert Compliance Assistance

In 2008, EPA issued guidance and a template letter to provide to federal facilities after an inspection.  The template letter includes compliance assistance information and resources on a full range of environmental topics.  The letter can be customized so that it focuses on the perceived needs of the inspected federal facility. 

While federal facilities must comply with environmental laws to the same extent as everyone else, they may not belong to trade associations or professional societies which are common sources of assistance.  The guidance and letter were issued to help federal agency staff more easily find expert compliance assistance information directly relevant to their facility’s operations.

For more environmental information and compliance assistance tools developed by EPA and other federal agencies, see FedCenter, an interagency assistance center for federal facilities.

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