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EPA Region 10 Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan (SIP) Process Lean Event Case Study

In June 2012, EPA Region 10 conducted a Lean kaizen event to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan (SIP) process in the region. Every state is required to develop an implementation plan for meeting Clean Air Act requirements, and when national rules, state rules, or National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) attainment status changes, states must submit revised SIPs to EPA for review and approval.

Lean Government is a proven approach to fostering excellence and continuous improvement in government processes and services.  EPA headquarters and regional offices are using Lean methods to dramatically improve process speed, effectiveness, transparency, and efficiency.  Results from EPA Lean process improvement events have been compelling and are featured in the following case studies. 

EPA Lean Government Case Studies

EPA Region 10 — Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: Region 10 Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan (SIP) Process Lean Event Case Study. April 2014. Fact Sheet (PDF) (4 pp, 934K)

EPA Office of Pesticide Programs—Antimicrobial Testing Program

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: EPA Office of Pesticide Programs Antimicrobial Testing Program Lean Event Case Study. February 2011. Fact Sheet (PDF) (4 pp, 1.1MB)

EPA Region 7 and Four States—Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: Region 7 and Four States Clean Air Act Implementation Plan (SIP) Kaizen Event Case Study. July 2010. Fact Sheet (PDF) (5 pp, 1.5MB)

EPA Region 6—Pesticides Enforcement

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: EPA Region 6 Pesticides Enforcement Kaizen Events Case Study. June 2010. Fact Sheet (PDF) (5 pp, 1.5MB)

EPA Office of the Chief Financial Officer—Superfund State Contract (SSC) Accrual Process

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: EPA Office of the Chief Financial Officer — Superfund State Contract (SSC) Accrual Process Case Study. December 2010. Fact Sheet. (PDF) (4 pp, 101K)

EPA Office of the Chief Financial Officer—Corrective Action Tracking

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: EPA Office of the Chief Financial Officer—Corrective Action Tracking Kaizen Event Case Study. June 2009. Fact Sheet (PDF) (3 pp, 745K)

EPA Region 7 and 4 States—National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: Region 7 and 4 States—National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) - Kaizen Event Case Study. August 2009. Fact Sheet (PDF) (3 pp, 436K)

EPA Region 7 and 4 States—Water Quality Standards Review Process

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: Region 7 and 4 States—Water Quality Standards Review Process - Kaizen Event Case Study. August 2009. Fact Sheet (PDF) (3 pp, 482K)

EPA Region 10 — User Management Request Process

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lean Government: Region 10 New Personnel Workstation Setup Process Lean Event Case Study. July 2012. Fact Sheet (PDF) (4 pp, 1.2MB)

Interest in lean process improvement continues to grow throughout EPA—including headquarters’ offices, regional offices, and laboratories.

For more information about EPA’s Lean Government initiative, contact Kimberly Green-Goldsborough (green-goldsborough.kimberly@epa.gov) at (202) 566-2355.

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