Environmental Regulations

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Taking care of the environment should be everyone's top priority, after all if we ruin this planet there is nowhere else for us to go. Sadly, there are people that believe we have no effect on our environment and it does not need protecting. These individuals exploit our natural resources with total disregard to the effects of their actions. Federal and state governments have realized this problem and have created laws to stop the uninhibited abuse of our planet.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an independent government agency that is the main regulator of environmental laws. To date, the EPA regulates 33 Federal laws pertaining to environmental protection that date back as far as 1938. States governments have also created laws that state agencies enforce. State regulations will differ from state to state making it very important to have an understanding of state laws.

There are regulations in place to protect every aspect of our environment. These regulations affect a wide range of industries as well as individual actions. Regulations exist that govern air and water pollution and chemical handling and storage. Pesticide production, handling, distribution, and application are regulated through Federal and State regulations. Endangered species are protected by the EPA while outdoor sports like hunting and fishing are regulated by State governments.

Importance of Understanding Environmental Protection Regulations

Businesses and individuals that are involved with interacting with the environment have a responsibility to know and follow regulations. Companies must have an understanding of regulations that effect their business. The fines and publicity from infractions can have a negative affect on the public image and profitability of a company. Individuals who deliberately break the law can face jail time as well as monetary discipline.

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