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FINAL RULE REVISES ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES
Release Date: 07/08/99
FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1999
FINAL RULE REVISES ADMINISTRATIVE
EPA has revised its Consolidated Rules of Practice, which are the procedures to assess administrative penalties, issue compliance or corrective action orders for violations of environmental regulations, and revoke, terminate or suspend certain permits. Revisions to the procedures will eliminate inconsistencies and uncertainties in administrative enforcement proceedings without compromising the regulated community’s right to a fair and impartial hearing. The revisions also include better, easy-to-understand language and provide for a more efficient resolution process. The final rule goes into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. However, if applying the new rule would cause substantial injustice in an ongoing case, the presiding officer may continue to apply the old rules. The new rule will appear in the Federal Register soon, and will be accessible at: https://www.epa.gov/oeca/regstat2.html. Copies can be obtained at EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center in the Ariel Rios Building, Room 4033, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information on the center, contact Lee Carothers at 202- 564-2614 or Donna Williams at 202-564-2119. For technical information, contact Scott Garrison, Office of Regulatory Enforcement at 202-260-0569.