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Informal and Formal Actions Summary of Guidance and Portrayal on EPA Websites

This discussion of formal and informal actions by program was provided to the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) in 2010 by EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles. The states requested clarification on what EPA portrays as an informal action within ECHO.

Issued July 1, 2010

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