“Transparency, access and public involvement are essential to meaningful and deliberate decision-making at EPA,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “Getting a diverse group of citizens â€” all with their own unique experiences and expertise â€” to provide their views and expertise to inform the decisions we make helps us better protect Americans where they live, work, play and learn."
Because many of EPA’s programs are delegated to states, EPA will seek a cooperative effort with state and local governments to better coordinate resources and efforts on this initiative. The plan includes activities that will help EPA:
- Improve transparency and upfront collaboration with community stakeholders
- Enhance technical assistance to communities
- Explain the hazards of environmental problems to affected communities
- Connect with communities that have been historically underrepresented in environmental decision-making
The plan is intended to be a working document and specific actions will be refined with ongoing feedback from communities and other stakeholders. EPA invites public comment on the plan, will frequently evaluate the initiative’s progress and results, and will regularly post this information on the agency’s Web site.
More information on the CEI and to comment on the plan: http://www.epa.gov/oswer/engagementinitiative