Nov 04, 2013

EPA Releases Plans for Adapting to Changing Climate

Plans provide information about how the EPA will help communities adapt to climate change

EPA Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans for public review and comment. In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, the implementation plans provide detailed information about the actions EPA plans to take across the country to help communities adapt to a changing climate.

“To meet our mission of protecting public health and the environment, EPA must help communities adapt to a changing climate,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These implementation plans offer a roadmap for agency work to meet that responsibility, while carrying out President Obama’s goal of preparing the country for climate-related challenges.”

The impacts of a changing climate—including increased extreme weather, floods and droughts—affect EPA’s work to protect clean air and water. The draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans recognize that EPA must integrate climate adaptation planning into its programs, policies, rules and operations to ensure that the agency’s work continues to be effective even as the climate changes.

EPA released its draft agency Climate Change Adaptation Plan on Feb. 9, 2013 for public review and comment, and expects to issue the final version this fall. In 2009, all federal agencies were required by the federal Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force to develop Climate Change Adaptation Plans. Under Executive Order 13514, the Task Force was charged with developing recommendations for President Obama on how to increase the nation’s resilience to climate change. The new implementation plans provide information about how EPA will meet the agency-wide priorities identified in the draft Climate Adaptation Plan released earlier this year.

The comment period on EPA’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans closes on Jan. 3, 2014.