The Congress intended that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states should act in partnership to implement federal air pollution, drinking water, pesticides, solid waste, and water pollution programs. Although the states have generally implemented these programs, enacted enabling legislation, and provided part of the funding, it is concluded that the partnership envisioned by Congress has not materialized. This report presents the obstacles to effective program management faced by the states. According to state officials, the greatest overall obstacles are: delayed and inflexible regulations, excessive EPA control over state programs, inability to fill state staffing vacancies, and delayed and uncertain federal funding. To improve the partnership, it is recommended that the EPA should develop a formal program that would establish procedures to ensure that early state agency input is solicited and considered before any action is taken having a direct bearing on state program implementation and that would establish joint EPA-state committees for each program to review its various aspects, identify implementation problems, and advise the EPA adminstrator.

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  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 95 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324313
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CED-80-106
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM