Jim Seif, former Regional Administrator in EPA’s Region 3 and Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection discusses his experiences during a 45-year career in environmental regulation.
Audio Track - The Complete Interview - 53 minutes
Jim Seif began as a federal prosecutor handling some of the first water pollution cases in America, joined EPA as one of its first enforcement attorneys, and spent over a decade in private practice representing corporate clients. Seif’s insights are unique and compelling, and invaluable to understanding the past and future of environmental protection.
The individual "chapters" of the discussion are available for viewing individually as is the complete interview (53 minutes).
Chapter 1: A Public and Private Sector Career in Environmental Protection (9 minutes)
Jim Seif discusses the origins of his commitment to environmental protection and how this and his political activism have shaped his career
Chapter 2: Early Days of Environmental Enforcement (8 minutes)
Seif describes his experience as a young Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting steel companies for water pollution before the Clean Water Act existed and his first tour at EPA as one of the agency’s first enforcement attorneys.
Chapter 3: State-EPA Relations (7 minutes)
Jim Seif describes how, in his view, time and experience have forever altered the state-federal relationships, while explaining that state-federal tension is a deliberate and valuable feature of the U.S. Constitution.
Chapter 4: Public-Private Relations (15 minutes)
Seif describes what he sees as unalterable cultural differences between the public and private sectors, discusses how both parties could benefit from working together, and outlines some ways to reduce the gap between these two worlds.
Chapter 5: The Future of Environmental Protection (14 minutes)
Seif discusses the future of EPA and environmental regulation, and the steps he would take to address the agency’s most important political and management challenges.
|The Complete Interview||88m|
|C1:||Major Elements of the Legislation and their Historical Context||33m|
|C2:||The Scientific, Technical and Political Challenges||21m|
|C3:||Implementation (Standards, Regions, and States)||18m|
|C4:||Factors that Led to Successes and some Lessons Learned||17m|
|The Complete Interview||39m|
|C1:||Joining the Administration: Relationship with the President||8m|
|C2:||My Agenda at EPA||6m|
|C4:||Priorities at EPA||5m|
|C5:||EPA Leadership and Staff||3m|
|The Complete Interview||74m|
|C1:||An Unusual Arrival at EPA||18m|
|C2:||Chernobyl's Radiation Emergency||8m|
|C3:||OSWER & Superfund Reauthorization||8m|
|C4:||Stratospheric Ozone & Climate Change||19m|
|C5:||Management & Core Values||23m|
|The Complete Interview||60m|
|C1:||Setting the Stage Historically||6m|
|C2:||EPA's Relationship with the Private Sector||8m|
|C3:||Program Management & Public/Private Partnerships||18m|
|C4:||Leadership Management within EPA||18m|
|C5:||Lessons Learned at EPA||10m|
|The Complete Interview||55m|
|C1:||Beginning a New Agency||13m|
|C2:||Setting up the New Agency's Structure||17m|
|C3:||DDT & the Clean Air Act of 1970||13m|
|C4:||Leadership at the New Agency||12m|
|The Complete Interview||77m|
|C1:||Introduction and Background of the Development of Clean Air Legislation in the U.S.||10m|
|C2:||Regulatory Structure of the Clean Air Act of 1970||13m|
|C3:||State Implementation Planning||12m|
|C4:||The California Federal Implementation Plan||19m|
|The Complete Interview||53m|
|C1:||A Public and Private Sector Career in Environmental Protection||9m|
|C2:||Early Days of Environmental Enforcement||8m|
|C5:||The Future of Environmental Protection||14m|
|The Complete Interview||48m|
|C1:||The Public and Social Context for the Creation of EPA||16m|
|C2:||How EPA was Created using Reorganization Plan #3||10m|
|C3:||Congressional Approval and the Start Up of the New Agency||22m|