500-Day   Plan
    Major  Milestones  of the  First 200  Days
     The Administrator's 500-Day Plan provides a time table for short-term actions to improve the quality of our air,
     water and land over the long term. Several important milestones were reached during the first 200 days:
Nation's most protective ground-level ozone
standards being implemented

Proposed Clean Air Interstate Rule signed

First-ever proposed mercury rule signed

Signed Clean Air Nonroad Diesel

240 Clean School Bus Grants awarded

Initiated a new national goal to increase
wetlands acreage

$75 million awarded in Brownfields
revitalization grants

Inventoried and analyzed successful
collaborative efforts

Led U.S. Earth Observation Summit
Delegation in Japan

Participated in 20 bilateral meetings with
international environmental ministers

Initiated the Great Lakes Regional

Achieved highest rating for Financial
f  1  ] Applied the most protective ground-level ozone standards in our
     nation's history. In total, 474 counties or partial counties
     nationwide were designated in non-attainment for the 8-hour ozone
     standard. Other Agency actions such as the Clean Air Interstate
     Rule provide national tools for the vast majority of counties to come
     into attainment during the next decade.

(  2  JSigned the proposed Clean Air Interstate Rule which will
     dramatically reduce power plant emissions in the country. The
     rule proposes a model cap-and-trade approach in 29 eastern states
     and the District of Columbia to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by
     65 percent below current levels by 2015 and sulfur dioxide emissions
     by 70 percent below current levels when fully implemented. EPA
     continues to analyze this proposed rule and is on track to finalize
     before the end of the year.

f  3  JSigned the nation's first-ever proposed rule to regulate mercury
     from coal-burning  power plants. The proposed Clean Air Mercury
     Rule applies market forces to cut mercury emissions by nearly 70%
     when fully implemented. EPA continues to analyze this proposed
     rule and is on track to finalize in Spring 2005.

f  4  J Finished the last step in America's Clean Diesel Suite by signing
     the Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule. A generation from now it will
     be rare to see that black puff of diesel smoke coming from a truck,
     train, tugboat, bull dozer, tractor, school bus, or generator. Just like
     we took the lead out of gasoline, we are removing 99% of the sulfur
     from diesel so Americans will live longer, healthier and more
     productive lives.

(  5  jAwarded grants to retrofit over 240 school buses under the
     Clean School Bus  USA program.  These school buses will  have
     state-of-the-art emission control systems to reduce air pollution and
     protect children's health. President Bush has proposed $65 million

 Increasing the velocity of environmental progress by implementing "a better way"
      for FY 2005 to accelerate our efforts to
      replace or retrofit every school bus in the

  6  j Helped implement a new national goal to
      achieve an overall increase of wetlands
      each year.  The Bush Administration has
      moved beyond a policy of no net loss of
      wetlands and will now restore, improve and
      protect at least three million additional acres
      of wetlands over the next five years.

f  7  j Restored life to communities with the
      largest round ever of Brownf ields
      revitalization grants. Communities in 42
      states and Puerto Rico will benefit from more
      than $75 million to help revitalize abandoned
      and polluted industrial and commercial sites.
      The renewal of these blighted properties will
      return life to neighborhoods and provide jobs
      for thousands of people.

f  8  J Inventoried and analyzed successful
      collaborations involving EPA.  EPA's
      Innovation Action Council and a network of
      staff experts prepared a discussion paper to
      show how collaborative problem solving can
      be used to accelerate environmental progress
      throughout the Agency.

f 9  j Led the U.S. delegation to the Earth
      Observation Summit in Japan and signed
      the Framework Document for the 10-Year
      Implementation Plan.  The U.S., along with
      46 international partners, will track, predict
      and address pervasive threats facing the
      health of the planet and humankind through a
      Global Earth Observation System-of-Systems
(  10 j Met with 75 senior international
      environmental officials, including 20
      environmental ministers, and participated
      in 20 bilateral meetings.  Administrator
      Leavitt represented the U.S. in Paris at the
      Organization of Economic Cooperation and
      Development's Environmental Ministerial and
      in Tokyo at the Earth Observation Summit.
      Sustainability efforts and GEOSS will remain
      an ongoing focus in coming months.

f  11 jlnitiated the Great Lakes  Regional
      Collaboration of National Significance to
      develop a collaborative strategy to protect
      the Great Lakes.  Administrator Leavitt is
      implementing President Bush's Executive
      Order to work with states,  local
      governments, federal agencies, tribal
      nations, Canadian governments and other
      important stakeholders to protect this
      national treasure.  The Administrator has
      met with governors, local officials and
      stakeholders to learn what is necessary to
      organize a voluntary effort to clean up the
      Great Lakes.  A conveners' meeting is being
      organized for late summer.

  12 jAchieved the highest scorecard rating
      (green status) for the Financial
      Performance initiative of the President's
      Management Agenda. Green status
      signifies that all the standards of success
      have been met. EPA is one of only four of
      the 26 major federal departments and
      agencies to achieve green status. EPA's
      next focus will  be on improving the
      E-government scorecard rating.