Last week, the Indiana Chamber attended a meeting at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region V Headquarters in Chicago, hosted by Cathy Stepp, the Region V administrator. Other participants included representatives from the Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin chambers of commerce and EPA Smart Sectors staff. What is EPA Smart Sectors? The EPA describes Smart Sectors as a partnership program that provides a platform to collaborate with regulated sectors and develop sensible approaches that better protect the environment and public health.

Based upon the discussions at the meeting, that means Smart Sectors is an opportunity for dialogue between EPA and the regulated industry. For Hoosier companies, this dialogue can take place directly or through the Indiana Chamber, with the goal being to provide input to ensure that the information EPA uses reflects local concerns and emphases.

During the meeting, the Indiana Chamber’s policy positions also were discussed, as well as concerns shared from our members. Cathy Stepp singled out the Indiana Chamber as a great example of collaboration for traditionally bringing members to meet with her and the EPA staff (most recently in October).

The EPA continues seeking input on how to improve its relationship with the regulated community. The agency specifically asked for opportunities to do friendly tours/site visits with the regulated community to better understand what businesses do, concerns they may have and to educate EPA staff.

Learn more about EPA’s Smart Sectors Program and relevant contact information for EPA staff by industry sector.

Resource: Greg Ellis at (317) 264-6881 or email: [email protected]