NACAA Comments on EPA Draft Strategic Plan

October 31, 2017 – NACAA has submitted comments on EPA’s “Draft FY 2018-2022 EPA Strategic Plan: Public Review Draft,” which was published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2017.  EPA’s draft plan identifies the agency’s mission and goals for the next four years, which will be used as a management plan to guide the agency and track progress.  In the comments, NACAA recommended that EPA call upon state and local air agencies for input during every phase of rule, policy and guidance development, including the initial stages, in order to benefit from their real-world experience.  The association made specific comments on elements of the draft plan related to criteria pollutants, permitting, enforcement and training.  Additionally, NACAA emphasized the need for adequate federal funding for state and local agencies, especially since EPA plans to enhance its reliance on state and local air quality programs through cooperative federalism.  The draft strategic plan is available here. A one-page transformation strategy is available here. The Federal Register notice announcing the plan is available here.