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EPA's Office of Compliance Director Michael M. Stahl visits Uruguay

September 20, 2004

Mr. Michael M. Stahl, Office of Compliance Director for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in Montevideo to participate in several events where he will share his agency's experiences regarding performance indicators used for evaluating the effectiveness of application programs and compliance with environmental laws.

Mr. Stahl talks about regulatory compliance and other
environmental issues at a breakfast meeting this morning.

The EPA's Office of Compliance assists industries and other organizations in the U.S. in improving their compliance with environmental laws. It sets national compliance assurance and enforcement priorities through strategic planning and targeting, collects and integrates compliance data, develops effective compliance monitoring programs to support inspections and self-reporting, builds the capacity for more effective compliance assistance to the regulated community, improves the quality of regulations, works with regions, states, tribes, municipalities, citizen groups and industry and supports enforcement activities

Michael M. Stahl is currently serving as Director, Office of Compliance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He is one of the Agency’s senior officials responsible for directing EPA’s programs to assure compliance with the nation’s environmental laws and regulations. Michael previously served from 1993-2000 as Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

In his current position as OC Director, Mr. Stahl has four major responsibilities: ensuring effective monitoring and assessment of compliance; advancing the practice of compliance assistance; enhancing the quality and expanding the use of compliance data; and providing leadership in program planning, priority setting, and performance measurement.

Since 1983, Mr. Stahl has served in a variety of management positions in several EPA program offices. In 2002, he was awarded a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. He has twice received a Gold Medal for Exceptional Service for distribution of loans and grants to schools for abatement of asbestos hazards and for reorganization of EPA’s enforcement program. Mr. Stahl began his federal service in 1980 as a Presidential Management Intern at the Consumer Product Safety Commission where he served as a special assistant to the Executive Director.

Mr. Stahl is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he teaches courses on public management in the Master of Public Administration program. He is also a member of Board of Visitors of the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mr. Stahl graduated from the University of Missouri in 1980 with a Master’s degree in public administration after working for three years in the Missouri Senate as an assistant to the Majority Floor Leader. He also worked as a probation and parole officer in St. Louis, Missouri after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Missouri in 1975.

Participants of todays' breakfast meeting listen to Mr. Stahl's presentation



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