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Regional Enforcement Coordination

Regional Enforcement Coordination's principle charge is to act as a liaison between the Office of General Counsel and the various Department programs, as well as external parties, to ensure the enforcement process, and any subsequent requisite corrective and/or remedial action, is handled and completed in a timely and appropriate manner.

The core program elements of Regional Enforcement Coordination are:

Compliance/Enforcement Coordination:

  • Coordinate, track and monitor all compliance inspection and enforcement activities within the region;
  • Serve as information hub on regional compliance / enforcement activities and Departmental initiatives.

Compliance Inspection Review:

  • Be familiar with inspection schedules, including Multi-Media Pollution Prevention (M2P2) inspections;
  • Monitor implementation of compliance inspection schedules, including M2P2 inspections;
  • Review inspection reports, including M2P2 facility reports, that show violations;
  • Track compliance violations to ensure that corrective enforcement actions are taken in a timely and appropriate manner to ensure proper disposition.

Regulatory and Technical Knowledge - Develop and Maintain Knowledge in the Following Areas:

  • USEPA / DEC Agreements and the corresponding regulatory and enforcement requirements;
  • Enforcement policy for all DEC Environmental Quality and Natural Resource programs;
  • Enforcement and compliance issues for all New York State and federal facilities within the Regional Enforcement Coordinator's respective region.

Attorney Support:

  • Participate in docket development and review;
  • Track case progress in VISTA;
  • Provide case development support to counsel;
  • Review penalty development calculations;
  • Ensure completeness of case referrals from program;
  • Prepare and/or review Short Form Consent Orders as applicable;
  • Assist in preparation of Notice of Hearing & Complaint and Consent Orders.

Communication, Coordination, Reports, Tracking, Correspondence, Public Outreach:

  • Maintain open, active and frank lines of communication with all program leaders involved in regional compliance / enforcement issues;
  • Attend docket development meetings when held by program or division;
  • Track major compliance / enforcement issues and major problem areas or facilities continually until a satisfactory resolution is reached;
  • Ensure that the Regional and Program Director is apprized of all major new or unresolved compliance / enforcement issues as soon as possible and by follow-up memo where appropriate;
  • Provide periodic clear and concise written status reports as needed (e.g., monthly);
  • Coordinate with other agencies and with public where appropriate and according to current Department guidelines and procedures;
  • Prepare for, and participate in, enforcement hearings and court proceedings, presenting testimony as required.

Law Enforcement:

  • Facilitate information exchange between Law Enforcement and program staff;
  • Provide technical assistance to Environmental Conservation Officers where appropriate;
  • Collect evidence (if certified).

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