Environmental Compliance: laws, regulations & ordinances
Environmental compliance in the United States
Environmental concerns have led to a significant increase in the number of compliance requirements across all global regulatory environments. In order to comply with those requirements, some conditions must be met.
Environmental compliance in its most basic form means ensuring conformance with environmental laws, regulations, ordinances and other site-specific requirements, such as operating permits.
The scope of environmental requirements extend to activities including waste management, air emissions, wastewater and storm water management, storage tank operations and inspections, chemical reporting, and even ambient noise.
Why is it important to maintain environmental compliance ?
Complying with environmental laws, regulations, and standards can help reduce operating costs, improve your corporate image, and avoid damaging environmental releases. In a changing regulatory landscape, maintaining compliance with environmental regulations can appear challenging.
Environmental regulations often change and compliance may require reporting, record-keeping, training, and even the implementation of environmental management systems.
However, despite the challenges, non-compliance can result in steep penalties, negative publicity, lost supplier contracts, and costly litigation. Retaining subject-matter experts can help get you on the right track and conform to environmental laws and regulations.
Environmental Landscape in the United States
Depending on your activity, you may be regulated at the local, state, and federal levels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the main federal agency charged with enforcing environmental laws and regulations. In many cases, the EPA works in partnership with states and their environmental agencies to enforce laws and regulations.