EPA's Region 9 office works to protect public health and the environment in the southwestern
United States (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii). EPA Region 9 also works with 147
federally recognized tribes in the Pacific Southwest.
Additionally, the regional office's environmental responsibilities extend into the Pacific Ocean well
beyond Hawaii. To the west and south of Hawaii are hundreds of islands with an estimated population
greater than 300,000, where EPA has an active and direct role. The islands are scattered over an area
larger than the 48 contiguous United States. These island jurisdictions consist of the U.S. territories
of Guam and American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and other unincorporated
U.S. Pacific possessions.