1999 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Tony Chenhansa <tonyc@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 09:34:01 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: Primacy
Original Message --------
From: Cynthia Valencic <cvalencic@lewisweb.net>
Organization: Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc. (LEAF)

EPA gives states "primacy" to operate specific programs in accordance
with federal law as opposed to EPA operating the program. For example,
Florida has primacy for Florida's underground injection control program.
Thus, Florida's program  has to operate under and meet the minimum
standard requirements of the federal safe drinking water act. Primacy is
granted for a number of programs such as underground injection, NPDES,
etc. I find it odd that EPA would suggest pulling a program however. In
Alabama LEAF has clearly shown that Alabama was not operating its
underground injection control program in accordance with SDWA and we've
had to go to court to get it either corrected or the program primacy
pulled. Same thing with Florida. Other regional EPA's may be more
forward thinking.

Cynthia Valencic

Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc. (LEAF)
1114 Thomasville Road, Suite E, Tallahassee, FL 32303-6290
(850) 681-2591 (phone), (850) 224-1275 (fax)
cvalencic@lewisweb.net (email), leaf@lewisweb.net (email)

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