The EPA has released Climate Change Adaptation Plans that outline priority actions that the agency will implement to ensure that its policies, programmes, rules and operations take climate change into account and that they will continue to be effective under future climatic conditions.
The publication forms part of Obama’s Climate Action Plan and corresponds with the fifth anniversary of President’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance.
The EPA Plan reflects feedback from states, tribes, municipal and county officials, and comments from the public received during a 60-day public comment period in 2013.
The EPA’s National Environmental Program Offices and ten regional offices are also releasing Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans. These provide further detail on how EPA programmes and regions will carry out the work called for in the agency-wide plan in partnership with states, tribes and local governments.
EPA commitments include the following:
- Incorporating climate adaptation criteria in the Brownfields grants process to ensure cleanup actions taken by communities are effective as the climate changes.
- Integrating considerations of climate change into the Clean Water State Revolving Funds process and continue working with states to ensure investments in water infrastructure are resilient to changes in climate.
- Providing communities with the tools they need to increase their resilience, e.g. a Stormwater Calculator and Climate Adaptation Tool.
“Climate change is no longer a distant threat. It is already challenging our communities and our ability to protect the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EPA’s Adaptation Plan provides the agency with a roadmap for how we will anticipate and plan for a changing climate.”
The EPA’s Plan and Implementation Plans can be found here.
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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