Accomplishments & Priorities - Semiannual Report
July 2001 - December 2001
Mission: To restore, protect and enhance the environment to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality.
Vision: A California that enjoys a clean, healthy, sustainable environment that enhances the quality of life for current and future generations, and protects our diverse natural resources.
This document reports significant accomplishments of each of the boards, departments and offices within the Cal/EPA family for the final six months of 2001. It also defines goals for the first half of 2002.
The period covered was one of the most dramatic and trying times ever for our nation and state. Many of the tasks, relating to security and preparedness, thrust upon Cal/EPA were not part of the national agenda before September 11th. Cal/EPA, including our boards, departments and offices, is working in partnership with others in state government to protect California infrastructure and our fellow citizens. Much of this work involves confidential planning and is ongoing. For those reasons, most of it is not reflected in the pages of this report. However, the other important activities that contribute to California’s cleaner environment and strong economy are examined here.
The purpose of this document is to ensure that all interested parties - legislators and staff, environmental organizations, media, industry and other Californians- have a clear picture of where we have been and where we are going.
The Cal/EPA Semiannual Report of Accomplishments and Priorities is published shortly after the end of each six-month period. In that way, we account for our activities and generate a dialogue regarding the direction Cal/EPA is taking.
Winston H. Hickox, Agency Secretary
California Environmental Protection Agency