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How Important Are EPA Regulations for Businesses Going Green?

December 17, 2020
With green practices, businesses can save money and energy while still complying with EPA regulations—no matter how lenient or strict they are throughout presidencies.

Sustainability has become a common goal among businesses in the United States. It’s a good objective to have, but at times, it is also mandatory. The EPA puts forth regulations for companies to follow, and although they may change over time, they must still be adhered to. The process can be tedious and time-consuming, but is required for green living.

 

The Various EPA Regulations

The EPA must protect all aspects of the environment. It focuses on everything from air, water and pollution to conservation, endangered species and emergency planning. Therefore, businesses must understand their impacts on each of these areas.

Of course, a company will not always have a direct effect on something like endangered species. However, it may pollute a nearby marsh that is home to certain species. Monitoring the output of toxins and pollution is key for air, water and soil quality.

Two critical acts that former President Richard Nixon set forth in the 1970s include the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Both pieces of legislation set standards for what pollutants companies can and cannot release into the air and bodies of water. Having strict regulations on these areas reflects on businesses of all kinds.

Small businesses will generally have less to worry about since their carbon footprint is smaller. However, they can release other pollutants and toxins—like mercury—that are harmful to the environment. Bigger companies and manufacturing facilities must ensure they are strictly following EPA regulations.

Changing Presidents, Changing Rules

Since the EPA is a government agency, it is part of the president’s cabinet. Beginning with Nixon, the agency took a firm direction in protecting the environment. Former President Barack Obama continued Nixon’s work and finetuned key restrictions, like stricter rules on mercury waste.

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