California Environmental Protection Agency
California Environmental Protection Agency is an organization based in Sacramento, California.
“To restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality.”
"We fulfill our mission by developing, implementing and enforcing environmental laws that regulate air, water and soil quality, pesticide use and waste recycling and reduction. Our departments are at the forefront of environmental science, using the most recent research to shape the state's environmental laws. The Office of the Secretary heads CalEPA overseeing and coordinating the activities of one office, two boards, and three departments dedicated to improving California’s environment.”
CalEPA is a parent agency to the following Departments:
- Air Resources Board (ABR)
- Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
- Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)
- Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
- Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
- State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
- Awards: Recognizes individuals, businesses or agencies with outstanding environmental advocacy or protection efforts.
- Border Affairs: “The CalEPA Secretary chairs the California Mexico Border Relations Council, which serves as the central organizing body overseeing California-Mexico border issues.”
- Cleanup: CalEPA runs environmental site cleanups with CalRecycle, DTSC and SWRCB.
- Climate Change Action: California has worked to set emission goals with, “economy, including energy, transportation, waste and natural resources in mind.
- Emergency Response: “The CalEPA Emergency Response Management Committee (ERMaC) coordinates preparedness for and responses to environmental emergencies in California.”
- Enforcement: This provides information for current legislations and environmental restrictions.
- Environmental Justice: CalEPA has programs to ensure the fairness and equality of all peoples regardless of age, race, background, socioeconomic standing or geographic location.
- Loans and Grants: These are offered to “public or private entities” to further environmental protection and safety.
- Refinery Safety: The Interagency Task Force on Refinery Safety has ten state agency members to provide safety resources for refinery workers and local community appropriate emergency responses.
- Tribal Relations: The CalEPA Policy for Working with California Indian Tribes strives to facilitate communication between California Indian Tribes and CalEPA officials.
- Unified Program: This program oversees activities from “six environmental and emergency response programs” that are then implemented into 83 government agencies throughout California.
Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy
- Grant Cope