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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameLocal Government Advisory CommitteeAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number117
Original Establishment Date10/30/1992Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.epa.gov/ocir/local-government-advis...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Approximately 30
Current Charter Date12/8/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter12/8/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date12/31/2019Designated Federal Officer First Name*Frances
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Eargle
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-3115
Effective Date Of Authority*10/30/1992Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-501-1450
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*eargle.frances@epa.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The LGAC puts forth letters and reports of advice and recommendations for EPA in carrying out Agency programs. Members serve as primary advisors for the EPA on environmental issues affecting local governments. Policy recommendations are made to inform EPA on such important issues as: water infrastructure, drinking water, small communities, regulatory issues, integrated planning, coastal adaptation and resiliency, sustainable communities, environmental financing,solid waste, brownfields, federalism, ozone standards, and watershed issues. The LGAC’s work has been and will continue to be organized to support EPA’s priorities and program-related goals and cross-cutting actions. Members' advice and recommendations are critical to EPA's efforts to encourage intergovernmental partnership in protecting the environment and public health. In FY2019, the LGAC not two (2) public meetings. EPA's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations also undertook an extensive membership process aimed at solicitation and recruitment of new LGAC Members. There was also a restructuring of LGAC committee structure and workgroups. Workgroups have been actively meeting, and the full committee did hold three (3) Administrative meetings as informational meetings and for the purpose of providing new members with committee information and orienting them to committee procedures.
How is membership balanced?*The LGAC is chartered for 30 elected and appointed local government, state and tribal officials representing a range of population sizes in all EPA regions. Local officials represent various types of governments (municipal, county, town, etc.). State officials represent legislative and environmental regulatory functions. Tribal officials represent tribally elected and appointed officials.Members are Tier 1 (parent committee members) or Tier 2 (subcommittee members). In many cases, a member may be both Tier 1 and Tier 2.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The LGAC generally meets 2-3 times a year via teleconference and face to face meetings. The meeting agenda are consistent with the Administrator's priorities. The meetings are often held in coordination with EPA Regional offices in the EPA Regional cities so the Committee can interact with Regional officials and feature EPA regional projects and speakers.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*EPA seeks the advice and recommendations from local governments concerning implementation of EPA rules and regulations, EPA programs and delivery of federal services. This Committee is unique because it brings together perspectives from different types of government, sizes of communities and geographic locations to advise EPA on means of partnering with local governments to more effectively and efficiently address environmental concerns and implementation at the local level. Local government officials are the best source of this information. Since smaller jurisdictions often have different needs than larger ones, EPA continues to seek specialized advice about the needs of small towns and communities, as well as from the broader local government community.
Why close or partially close meetings?There were three (3) administrative meetings of the committee held in FY2019 which were closed which were informational only meetings and an orientation for new committee members.
Recommendation RemarksIn FY2019, the LGAC produced four (5) letters of recommendation and two (2) major reports. In November 2018 the LGAC produced a report in response to the Administrator's charge to give advice on issues that the agency should consider from local government officials perspectives on PFAS. The report and transmittal recommends the agency take a tiered approach to address the communities most affected by PFAS contamination. The LGAC also presented 45 individual recommendations on what EPA should consider in developing a national PFAS Management Plan to address impacts including developing a national standard for drinking water, communicating risks, clean up and prevention. In May 2019, the LGAC produced a report on the Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule (WOTUS). The LGAC presented 145 findings and recommendations to the agency regarding provisions of the WOTUS rule. Their work included recommendations to preserve federal jurisdiction over “all interstate and navigable waters, their tributaries and all adjacent wetlands. Jurisdictional authority over intermittent and ephemeral streams, ditches and isolated wetlands was recommended to be ascertained by a shared governance model. This approach addresses concerns from states that the upcoming replacement CWA rule might leave regulatory gaps that would require them to take on the burden of approving state laws or rulemakings to maintain water protections they see as necessary.
The regulation proposed by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers would drop automatic federal jurisdiction over interstate waters, which has been in place since the CWA was enacted in 1972, exclude “ephemeral” waters that only flow in response to storms or flooding, and set a high bar for wetlands and tributaries to qualify for federal protections. The LGAC generally favored the rule’s “greater clarity regarding definitions and exclusions” compared to the 2015 rule, the LGAC also did not agree that a single uniform set of nationwide jurisdiction criteria may be unworkable.
The LGAC concluded that it was "clear that a regulation seen as too little in one part of the country could also be too much in another part of the country,” LGAC’s plan would seem to avoid those hurdles by allowing for regional variation in water protections under the CWA rather than through separate, parallel statutes. “The LGAC recommends that EPA acknowledge regional differences in the rule which can be accomplished by inserting a referral clause in the rule (where applicable) to ‘see State and tribal criteria. Furthermore, the LGAC recommended that EPA and the Corps develop implementing guidance that will detail state and tribal criteria for waters of regional concern that can be defined as jurisdictional” .The LGAC also recommended for EPA to adopt a collaborative approach with state and tribes to avoid a “one size fits all” rule, while reducing the burden on state, local or tribal governments looking to go beyond the minimum federal standards.
The LGAC put forward an approach that proposed for states and tribes develop criteria can be considered within WOTUS with relative ease through administrative actions at the state and tribal levels.

The LGAC also provided advice and recommendations to the Office of Air and Radiation regarding planning for their National Program Management guidance giving important on-the-ground examples of needed programmatic considerations.

The LGAC also provided advice on the environmental and public health concerns regarding harmful algal blooms (HABs).
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentLGAC is recognized as a multi-media local government resource for consultation and planning. The committee has provided valuable advice on developing a PFAS Management Plan, Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule (WOTUS), Harmful Algal blooms (HABs) and to the Office of Air and Radiation's National Program Guidance.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentImproving intergovernmental cooperation and collaboration on cross-cutting environmental issues.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAt this time, it is difficult to estimate a cost savings from advice due to the many intervening variables of agency and stakeholder actions necessary to actually see cost savings.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1,160Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentLGAC has produced approximately 1,160 recommendations since the committee was first established. In FY2019, the LGAC put forward five (5) letters of recommendation and two (2) major reports.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*40.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe agency responds directly to the committee in writing and through public meetings with the Administrator. The agency response letters are posted on EPA's website. We continue to work with the Agency program offices on past recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*55.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIt is difficult to estimate the extent to which recommendations will be implemented. Implementation continues in FY 2018 and beyond. The agency is currently involved in rule-making and once the rule is made public there will be evidence of partially implemented recommendations.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentLGAC work products are available on EPA's website and to the public by request.
Agency Feedback CommentYes, EPA responds to all recommendations either in writing or verbally. The EPA Administrator and EPA Senior level officials meet in person with the Committee on a regular basis and report back to the Committee on the agency's response to their recommendations.Narrative Description*The LGAC generally supports EPA's goals by providing advice relevant and meaningful to inform the Agency on environmental matters affecting local governments. Its purpose is to provide advice and recommendations that assist the EPA in developing a stronger partnership with local governments through building state and local capacity to deliver environmental services and programs. The LGAC provides recommendations to the EPA on a broad range of topics, including: regulatory innovation and reform, environmental protection tools, pollution prevention, new technologies, performance measurement, and appropriate roles of the various governmental levels in efficient and coordinated environmental management. The LGAC also communicates with local government officials on sustainable water infrastructure and to assist them in commenting on key agency documents. . In FY2019, the LGAC held two (2) public meetings. The LGAC had an extensive membership process to solicit and recruit new members and to reappoint members. An extensive membership solicitation process was undertaken to solicit and recruit nominations for new member candidates. There was also a restructuring of the committee structure and its workgroups. The LGAC had three (3) Administrative meetings to orient new members and provide information to new members on committee and FACA procedures. The new Workgroups have been actively meeting, holding four (4) meetings in FY2018. There was a public meeting of the LGAC planned for January, 2019 but was cancelled due to a lapse in agency funding. The LGAC Workgroups meet on a monthly basis working on LGAC charges. The Committee continues to advise the agency on the effects of policy, rules & regulations to local governments and small communities. The LGAC's focus in FY 2019 was to provide the Administrator advice on a Per-poly fluoroakyl substances (PFAS) national plan of action and Waters of the U.S. proposed rule. The LGAC Water Workgroup held four (4) meetings to gather input from state, local and tribal elected and appointed officials on their Charges to formulate recommendations to the agency on a PFAS Management Plan. The Water Workgroup drafted a PFAS Report with 50 findings and recommendations which was deliberated at their November 14th meeting. The LGAC Revitalizing Communities Workgroup also held workgroup meetings to give input on the LGAC PFAS Charge, Superfund Taskforce charge and risk communication charge. The LGAC Executive Leadership Council held eight (8) meetings in preparing executive actions coming before their public meetings in November 2018 and May 2019.
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SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032219Small Community Advisory Subcommittee2019
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032771Local Government Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001737Local Government Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002573Local Government Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003851Local Government Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004918Local Government Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005718Local Government Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007064Local Government Advisory Committee2012
 COM-008109Local Government Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009228Local Government Advisory Committee2010
 COM-010183Local Government Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010886Local Government Advisory Committee2008
 COM-012032Local Government Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012758Local Government Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013862Local Government Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014863Local Government Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015572Local Government Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016664Local Government Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017769Local Government Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018776Local Government Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019660Local Government Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020417Local Government Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021551Local Government Advisory Committee1997