Next Generation Compliance

Today's pollution challenges require a modern approach to compliance, taking advantage of new tools and approaches while strengthening vigorous enforcement of environmental laws.  Next Generation Compliance (Next Gen) is EPA's initiative to increase compliance with environmental regulations by using advances in pollutant monitoring, information technology, and transparency, combined with a focus on designing more effective regulations and permits to reduce pollution.

Guest Speaker(s)
  • Deborah Jordan, Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 9 – Deborah Jordan serves as Acting Deputy Regional Administrator at U.S. EPA's Pacific Southwest Regional Office in San Francisco.  She has served as Director of the Air program there since 2004, where she has been responsible for implementing the Clean Air Act in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific territories, and on lands of 148 Indian tribes.  She recently completed an assignment with EPA's Office of Air and Radiation in Washington, D.C., where she was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Acting Assistant Administrator, focusing on Clean Air Act regulatory matters.  In 2014 Deborah earned the Presidential Rank Award, an honor recognizing select federal executives.  She has been with EPA since 1989.  She received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, all in chemical engineering.
  • Kathleen H. Johnson, Enforcement Division Director, U.S. EPA Region 9 – Kathleen H. Johnson is the Director of EPA Region 9's Enforcement Division.  In that capacity, she is in charge of EPA's regulatory enforcement activities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands, as well as on tribal lands in the Pacific Southwest.  The enforcement division, with a staff of 95, including inspectors, planners and data analysts, consolidates the enforcement of key federal statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.  Ms. Johnson's top priority is to achieve high rates of environmental compliance through strategic collaboration with states, tribes, local governments and the U.S. Department of Justice.  She also manages the environmental review process under NEPA as well as the Environmental Justice program.  Before heading up the Enforcement Division, Ms. Johnson held a number of other positions at Region 9.  She served as Public Affairs Director, overseeing the regional communications program and was a senior manager in the Superfund program, overseeing numerous cleanup projects in communities throughout the region.  For seventeen years prior to that, she served as an enforcement attorney and supervisor in the Office of Regional Counsel focusing on RCRA and Superfund matters.  Ms. Johnson earned a law degree from Baylor University School of Law and a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas.


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