Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Programs and Activities Review

WHEREAS: Federal Executive Order Number 12372, on Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs, was issued on July 14, 1982, "to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened federalism by relying on state and local processes for the state and local government coordination and review of proposed federal financial assistance or direct federal development";

WHEREAS: under Executive Order Number 12372, the individual states are provided the opportunity to establish their own review and coordination procedures, which must be recognized by federal agencies; and

WHEREAS: a review process established by a state can cover all federal activities, or only some activities, depending on the priorities of the state and its local officials;

NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The State of Louisiana selects for its review all Environmental Protection Agency (hereafter "EPA") programs and activities which are available to it for review.

SECTION 2: Pursuant to Federal Executive Order Number 12372, the Secretaries of the Departments of Environmental Quality, of Agriculture and Forestry, and of Health and Hospitals, or the designees of those Secretaries, shall act as the state's single point of contact for coordinating the review process for EPA financial assistance or direct federal development.

SECTION 3: In coordinating the review process, the Secretaries or their designees shall notify all Regional Planning Commissions of all statewide projects regarding the EPA programs and federal activities that are available, receive their comments, and duly consider their comments. However, the Secretaries or their designees shall not be required to obtain permission or approval from any Regional Planning Commission prior to implementing any action.

SECTION 4: Upon signature of the Governor, the provisions of this Order shall be made retroactive to August 11, 1996, and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or until terminated by operation of law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 17th day of October, 1996.

M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.

Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State