NACAA Comments on EPA’s Draft NPM Guidance

August 2, 2017 – NACAA has submitted comments on EPA’s Draft FY 2018-2019 Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) National Program Manager Guidance (June 28, 2017) and the Draft National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance for FY 2018-2019 for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (June 29, 2017).  The draft guidance contains information on EPA’s priorities and activities (including state and local air grantees) for the next two fiscal years.  NACAA expressed concern about the proposed cuts to state and local air grants contained in the Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal and noted that such reductions could pose significant hardships on state and local agencies and their efforts to protect public health and welfare.  NACAA emphasized the need for providing state and local agencies with additional resources or, at the very least, maintaining current funding levels.  Additionally, NACAA provided specific comments on elements of the proposed document, including the fact that it does not provide details about EPA’s activities for the period covered by the guidance.  Additional information about the draft guidance is available here.