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CAL/EPA HOLDS CROSS-TRAINING SEMINAR FOR ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL, PROMOTES EFFORTS TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) held its first-ever cross- training seminar for its enforcement personnel in an effort to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the various boards and departments enforcement activities.
 "With more of our pollution problems crossing geographic, jurisdictional and industrial boundaries, we must train our personnel to recognize and act appropriately in regards to the full range of environmental violations, rather than specializing in a narrow legal area," said James M. Strock, secretary for environmental protection.
 "By cross-training our enforcement personnel, we will promote more uniform application of our environmental laws and simplify compliance by businesses as well as monitoring by environmental groups," Strock added.
 The seminar, held over two days on Nov. 9-10 in Sacramento, involved over 100 people from Cal/EPA's six boards and departments, including counsel, field inspectors, and investigators. Courses are scheduled to be given each spring and fall. The next course is tentatively scheduled for March 1994 in Southern California.
 Experienced instructors from the individual boards and departments and from the attorney general, U.S. Attorney and California District Attorney's Association provided guidance on a wide-range of issues, including: respective staffing, resources, priority violations, inter/intra-agency coordination, investigation techniques, case preparation, prosecution/litigation and multi-media enforcement guidelines.
 "This course and the accompanying manual provide our personnel with a general overview of the roles and responsibilities of their enforcement counterparts, which will assure the more effective response to abatement and remediation of serious violations," said William W. Carter, assistant secretary for law enforcement and counsel.
 The cross-training seminar continues the efforts initiated by Cal/EPA to provide a higher level of consistency to its enforcement activities and increased use of multi-media inspections and enforcement actions.
 Cal/EPA's Carter presently chairs a statewide hazardous waste strike force, which coordinates investigations and prosecutions and assists local and state enforcement agencies. Cal/EPA has also created a statewide enforcement coordination group with representatives from the attorney general, U.S. Attorney, district attorneys, and state and local regulators, which provides legal and staff resources and assistance.
 MULTI-MEDIA ENFORCEMENT GUIDELINES
 Cal/EPA had previously issued several guidelines for the regulated community to provide standards in areas such as search warrant protocols, response to suspected criminal violations, environmental auditing programs and the use of supplemental environmental projects for settlements.
 New guidelines governing multi-media enforcement were released at the cross-training seminar. The guidelines, developed by Cal/EPA's Enforcement Coordination Group, are designed to assist counsel, investigators, and inspectors to participate in integrated or multi- media actions, such as inspections, site mitigation, criminal investigations and prosecutions.
 The guideline covers:
 Cross-training of Cal/EPA enforcement personnel;
 Procedures for interagency referral and response;
 Implementation of an integrated inspection screening
 program;
 Identification and coordination of integrated actions,
 inspections or initiatives.
 Copies of the new multi-media enforcement guidelines are available by calling Cal/EPA External Affairs Office at 916-324-9670, or by faxing a request including name and address to 916-445-6401.
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 /CONTACT: James J. Lee of California EPA, 916-324-9670/


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