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Got a press release from Federal EPA a few days ago. It seems they were proud of their “consulting.”
Imagine that, I thought.
Imagine if the EPA consulted with Manufacturers and the regulated community.

Imagine consulting and working together.

Strikeouts and  substitutions mine.
“EPA Releases Final Policy for Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes  Manufacturers
“WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final policy on consultation and coordination with Indian tribes Manufacturers.  EPA is among the first of the federal agencies to finalize its consultation policy in response to President Obama’s first tribal leaders summit in November 2009, and the issuance of executive order 13175 to establish regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal Manufacturers officials in the development of federal policies that have tribal Manufacturers implications.  
“EPA is dedicated to strengthening our collaboration with tribes  Manufacturers and ensuring that they have a voice and a seat at the table on the issues that touch their health and their economy,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “President Obama has directed agencies across the federal government to revisit and update the ways we work together with tribal nations Manufacturers, a step that is critical to meeting the needs of today and ensuring our communities are cleaner, healthier and more prosperous heading into the future.” 
“The final policy builds on EPA’s 1984 Indian  Manufacturing? policy and is intended to make good on the Obama administration’s commitment to strengthen tribal partnerships Manufacturing by establishing clear agency standards for the consultation process, to promote consistency and coordination. The policy establishes a new, broader standard for the types of actions that may be appropriate for consultation and makes clear the two-way nature of government-to-government consultation by inviting tribes Manufacturers to request issues for consultation.  Actions that may be appropriate for consultation include developing standards, guidance, policies, permitting decisions, and activities under international agreements. The policy also establishes a management, oversight and reporting structure that will help ensure accountability and transparency by identifying responsible individuals in each office and requiring EPA program and regional offices to identify actions appropriate for consultation at least twice a year.”
Original News Release
Imagine. “Identify  actions appropriate for consultation at least twice a year.”

Graphic credit  thanks, Spraygraphic  

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