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States to Test Innovative Approaches to Environmental Permitting

Release Date: 11/13/2003
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Judy Pino 202-564-7338 /

(11/13/03) EPA has announced a total of $442,000 in awards to four states that will test innovative approaches to environmental permitting. These awards, which are being made under the EPA State Innovation Grant program’s 2002-2003 competition, will support the following activities:
    • Colorado ($150,000) - will work with select industries to create facility-level compacts that eliminate the need for multiple permits and provide a more comprehensive framework for managing environmental activities.
    • Illinois ($97,000) - will develop a system that allows permittees to make certain permit modifications without prior regulatory approval if they have demonstrated strong environmental stewardship by developing and implementing formal environmental management systems.
    • Oregon ($120,000) - will develop a streamlined process for managing water-based sediments that will enable faster and more economical decisions about beneficial reuse and other disposal options.
    • Texas($75,000) - will integrate a requirement for formal environmental management systems (EMS) into air and water permitting programs to help drive continuous environmental improvement.

The State Innovation Grant program was established in 2002 to support States’ interest in developing innovative approaches to environmental protection. Three awards from the 2002-2003 competition totaling $300,000 were presented earlier this year to Arizona, Delaware and Massachusetts. By enabling pilot testing of innovative approaches, EPA expects the State Innovation Grant program to reveal important lessons that can be shared with all States to make environmental programs more efficient and effective. For more information go to: