Many believe that the best way to maximize the protection of human health and the environment in a time of constrained resources is to elevate State and local agencies to full partners with their federal overseers. Taking full advantage of the expertise developed by such agencies over the forty-plus years since major air, water and waste management legislation was passed in the 1970s is a logical way to ensure that every precious dollar spent on environmental infrastructure and controls is done so with an eye towards achieving net environmental benefits.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Environmental Council of States (ECOS), the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders, is a leading champion of this view, a view that is well articulated in ECOS’s recently published (June 2017) paper “Cooperative Federalism 2.0”.
ECOS says that its paper “is a vision recasting state and federal roles for environmental management and public health protection at lower cost…[detailing] the essential roles and functions that ECOS believes the states and EPA should each perform.” Specifically, ECOS believes that this recasting will result in:
See Cooperative-Federalism-2.0 to review the full ECOS paper.