In the time since I began my tenure as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency I have been both challenged and inspired by the difficult issues we face and the talentand dedication of our extraordinary work force. There is no doubt the EPA is back on the job.We have made exceptional progress in protecting the environment of American communities andrestoring the trust of the American people. And we have made a number of historicenvironmental advances along the way. The year 2010 marks the EPA’s 40th anniversary. It isa moment of celebration but also a moment when we face some of the most complex and far-reaching environmental challenges in the history of our agency, our nation and our planet. It iscritical that we work harder and smarter and look further ahead.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s FY 2011-2015 Strategic Plan provides a blueprintfor accomplishing our priorities for the next five years. This plan presents five strategic goals foradvancing our environmental and human-health mission outcomes, accompanied by five cross-cutting fundamental strategies that seek to adapt the EPA’s work inside and outside of theagency and meet the growing environmental protection needs of the day. To follow theAdministration’s focus on strengthening programs and achieving results, EPA is implementingHigh Priority Performance Goals to advance progress towards our five strategic goals. We willcontinue to affirm the core values of science, transparency and the rule of law in addressing thesepriorities, many of which we have served in the last two years and will continue to work towardin the future. These are the most urgent issues we must confront between 2010 and 2015.As we prepare this plan, we are in the midst of one of the worst environmental disasters thiscountry has experienced, the Deepwater BP oil spill. This spill has devastated the ecological andeconomic health of the Gulf Coast communities. Following the emergency response with asustained, effective recovery and rebuilding effort will require significant commitments of resources, scientific and technical expertise, and coordination with a range of partners in themonths and years ahead. This Strategic Plan offers a solid foundation for EPA’s long-termresponse to the impacts of the Deepwater BP oil spill. As President Obama has said, thegovernment is “going to do everything in our power to protect our natural resources, compensatethose who have been harmed, rebuild what has been damaged, and help this region persevere likeit has done so many times before.” The EPA will work tirelessly to address the environmentaland human-health effects and set the Gulf Coast back on the path to recovery.
The EPA’s Strategic Goals
Taking Action on Climate Change and Improving Air Quality: American communities faceserious health and environmental challenges from air pollution and the growing effects of climate change. During my first year as Administrator, the EPA finalized an endangermentfinding on greenhouse gases, issued the first national rules to reduce greenhouse-gas emissionsunder the Clean Air Act and initiated a national reporting system for greenhouse-gas emissions.All of these advances signaled historic progress in the fight against climate change. Climatechange must be considered and integrated into all aspects of our work. While the EPA standsready to help Congress craft strong, science-based climate legislation that addresses the spectrum
Draft for Public Review June 18, 2010