EPA Local Government Advisory Committee Adopts Recommendations to Support Communities Nationwide

WASHINGTON – Today, the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) adopted recommendations on how the Agency can help local governments address PFAS contamination, advance environmental justice, and to provide the resources necessary to effectively implement President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act. In its first in-person advisory committee since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, LGAC members highlighted the need for technical assistance, access to resources, and strategic communications to communities.

“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to making a meaningful investment in communities across the country to rebuild our infrastructure and provide clean air, clean water and healthy land for all,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “But we cannot do this work alone. That’s why we appreciate LGAC members who volunteer their time and expertise on these issues. Our local leaders are essential partners as we work together to protect human health and the environment.

“It is an honor to serve on the EPA Local Government Advisory Committee with colleagues representing diverse communities and constituents nationwide,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, chair of the LGAC. “We share a common goal of protecting the health and safety of the people we serve as we build a more just, prosperous and climate-friendly future. This work is more important than ever, as the bipartisan Infrastructure Act delivers historic investments that will grow our communities and bring economic benefits. We appreciate the opportunity to provide these recommendations for the agency’s consideration.

The Committee’s draft letters of recommendation can be read on the LGAC webpage here. The LGAC Small Communities Advisory Sub-Committee (SCAS) will meet this week to discuss technical assistance needed specifically in small communities, followed by a joint LGAC and SCAS meeting with representatives from several non-profit organizations. non-profit supporting local governments.

The LGAC is made up of 34 members who hold leadership positions in 30 different states, territories, and tribal nations, and represent a diverse cross-section of cities, counties, and communities across the United States. The administrator appointed 34 new members to the committee last year, as well as 16 members to the LGAC’s Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee.

Background

Established in 1993 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Local Government Advisory Committee provides independent and objective policy advice to the EPA Administrator on a wide range of local government issues. The Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee was established by the EPA in 1996 to advise the Administrator on environmental issues of concern to residents of small communities.

LGAC members represent counties, cities, small communities, tribes and states and bring diverse viewpoints and perspectives from across the country. LGAC’s initial work is conducted within its Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee and four working groups: Air and Climate, US Waters and Water Infrastructure, Healthy Communities, and Environmental Justice.

Visit the EPA website: Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) | US EPA for more information.