NEPPSNational Environmental Performance Partnership System
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In perhaps its boldest reinvention experiment, EPA signed an agreement with the states in 1995 that created NEPPS, which attempts to establish more effective, efficient, and flexible relationships between EPA and state environmental management agencies.
NEPPS has begun to structure EPA-state agreements around efforts to address specific environmental problems.
Some states are still not interested in NEPPS, perceiving it as a waste of energy as long as EPA still requires them to submit information on the old bureaucratic measures and as long as EPA holds onto its traditional oversight tools: the right to bring enforcement actions in states and to remove delegated programs from a state's control.