Policy & Guidance
The EPA has primary responsibility for enforcing many of the environmental statutes and regulations of the United States. As such, the Agency is granted?explicit enforcement authority in environmental statutes. Sometimes, however, that authority needs to be further refined or explained. In such cases, EPA may develop? policies and write guidance.
Policy documents represent EPA's interpretation or view of specific issues. Guidance documents are published to further clarify regulations and to assist in implementation of environmental regulations.?
EPA Guidance Portal:
EPA has established a searchable guidance portal for regulated parties to?search for policy, interpretation, or guidance information on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue.
Significant Guidance Documents:
EPA maintains a list of?significant guidance documents.?Learn about how they are defined and maintained, and find documents listed by environmental topic.