Climate change and water: EPA’s priorities for 2015

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by Tim Willmott : Comments Off on Climate change and water: EPA’s priorities for 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced its priorities for 2015 in a strategy paper that outlines goals for now until 2018. Specifically, it maintains that it “must continue our focus on urban, rural and economically disadvantaged communities to ensure that everyone—regardless of age, race, economic status or ethnicity—has access to clean water, clean air and the opportunity to live, work and play in healthy communities.”

The five strategic goals are:

  • Goal 1: Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
  • Goal 2: Protecting America’s Waters
  • Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and Advancing Sustainable Development
  • Goal 4: Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution
  • Goal 5: Protecting Human Health and the Environment by Enforcing Laws and
    Assuring Compliance

On climate change it states that: Climate change is one of the most significant public health and economic challenges of our time. In 2015, EPA will finalize the Clean Power Plan, which will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent:”

And on water, “Clean water is a health priority and an economic necessity. In 2015, EPA will finalize its Clean Water Rule, reducing confusion about Clean Water Act protections. The agency is also launching the Water Infrastructure Finance Center to help communities obtain funding for water infrastructure projects:”

 You can download the full report here.

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