United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the Smart Sectors Program (82 Fed. Reg. 44783) on September 26, 2017. This program builds on the existing EPA Sector Strategies Program, a cooperative working relationship between government, trade groups, and other stakeholders with the goal of reducing pollution and easing the burden of regulation. EPA's new Smart Sectors program "will re-examine how EPA engages with industry in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, create certainty and predictability, and improve the ability of both EPA and industry to conduct long-term regulatory planning while also protecting the environment and public health," according to the launch notice.
EPA has specifically identified the following sectors to engage in active dialogue with, based on the potential to improve the environment and public health: Aerospace; agriculture; automotive; cement and concrete; chemical manufacturing; construction; electronics and technology; iron and steel; oil and gas; ports and shipping; and utilities and power generation. Trade groups and companies will work with EPA through designated staff-level points of contact who are highly knowledgeable about specific industries. EPA invites participating industries to offer their own innovative ideas to reduce environmental impacts. The EPA points of contact will focus their attention primarily on three main areas: Building relationships and improving customer service to sectors; developing additional expertise in each industry's operations and environmental performance; and informing the planning of future policies, regulations, and Agency processes. The overarching goal of the Smart Sectors Program is to improve industry-wide environmental performance.
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