Responsible for all matters pertaining to air, water, energy, and land use, including water resources/management, stormwater, pesticides, air quality standards, solid, hazardous, and nuclear waste handling, transport, and disposal, national energy policy, renewable/alternative energy, alternative fuel vehicles, energy facility siting, electricity utility restructuring, pipeline safety, oil spills, superfund/brownfields, eminent domain, land use, coastal management, oceans, parks and recreation.
Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee
NACo Submits Detailed Comments on Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule
UPDATE ON WOTUS RULEMAKING
On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) officially released the Trump Administration’s new proposed “Waters of United States” (WOTUS) rule, defining which bodies of water across the country are subject to federal regulations under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This action represents the second step in the process taken by the EPA and Army Corps to review and replace the Obama Administration’s 2015 WOTUS rule.
Currently, the pre-2015 WOTUS rule is in effect in 28 states and the 2015 WOTUS rule is the law of the land in 22 states. The agencies plan to release a final rule by the end of 2019.WOTUS June 2019.pdf
Status of Pending EPA Regulations of Interest to Counties
EPA Regs July 2019.pdf
Unfunded Mandates and Other Regulatory Impacts on Counties
Unfunded Mandates and Other Regulatory Impacts on CountiesUnfunded Mandates (June 2019).pdf
Support Authorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
Urge federal lawmakers to pass a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill during the 116th Congress and continue a regular two-year authorization cycle.
WRDA bills authorize water resources studies and projects and set policies for navigation, flood control, hydropower, recreation, water supply and emergency management for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps). This legislation is usually passed on a biennial basis and addresses county interests related to ports, inland waterways, levees, dams, wetlands, watersheds and coastal restoration.
Congress has recently returned to regular order, passing WRDA legislation on a two-year authorization cycle in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The current authorization will expire at the end of 2020 and the congressional authorizing committees are expected to consider a new WRDA bill during the 116th Congress.
As owners, users and regulators of water resources and infrastructure, counties are directly impacted by the policies and funding authorized in the legislation. We often work with the Army Corps as a non-federal partner to strengthen local infrastructure.WRDA (November 2019).pdf
Support Efforts to Make Clean Water Act Requirements Affordable and Achievable Through Integrated Planning
Urge your U.S. House of Representative member to support and cosponsor draft legislation titled the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), which addresses affordability issues within Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations and emphasizes the use of integrating planning within the EPA to meet CWA mandates.
In an effort to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) affordability issues, Rep. Gibbs plans to introduce the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act to address concerns raised by local governments regarding CWA regulations costs’.
The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act directs the EPA to establish an integrated planning and permitting process for municipal wastewater and stormwater management to ease compliance with CWA requirements. In addition, the legislation requires the EPA to consider the extent local governments and residents can afford tighter CWA requirements. The bill also establishes an EPA Office of Municipal Ombudsman to work with communities on integrated planning and CWA compliance issues. Lastly, the bill instructs the agency to work with at least 15 pilot communities to develop integrated plans within the first five years after enactment. NACo is encouraging House members to support and cosponsor the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.Integrated Planning June 2018.pdf
Feb. 11, 2020
Grant County, Okla. Commissioner Cindy Bobbit testifies on EPA's Proposed Lead and Copper Rule.
Feb. 5, 2020
Montgomery County, Md. Department of Environmental Protection Director Adam Ortiz testifies on the county role in recycling
Reports & Toolkits |
Jan. 13, 2020
NACo works to preserve local decision making, protect counties from unfunded mandates and preemption and strengthen the federal-state-local partnership.
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Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee
Commissioner Coos County, Oregon
Commissioner Catawba County, North Carolina
Supervisor Fairfax County, Virginia
Commissioner Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Commissioner Ramsey County, Minnesota
Commissioner Martin County, Florida
Kathie Gannon (Land Use)
Commissioner DeKalb County, Georgia
Gregory Todd (Energy)
Commissioner Duchesne County, Utah
Carl Zalak (Air Quality)
Commissioner Marion County, Florida
Subcommittee Vice Chair
Mary Lou Berger (Water)
Commissioner Palm Beach County, Florida
Robert Cole (Energy)
Commissioner Santa Rosa County, Florida
Ken Cornell (Land Use)
Commissioner Alachua County, Florida
Michael Covert (Land Use)
Councilmember Beaufort County, South Carolina
Tara Gaston (Energy)
Town Supervisor Saratoga County, New York
Anna Hansen (Air Quality)
Commissioner Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Herbert Richards (Water)
Council Member Hawaii County, Hawaii
Brigid Shea (Air Quality)
Commissioner Travis County, Texas
Kenton Ward (Water)
Surveyor Hamilton County, Indiana