Is your business in compliance with state, local and federal environmental regulations? As pollution control takes an even greater role in our national and world political spectrum, business leaders are learning that a wait-and-see approach will no longer suffice. Proactive measures are required to stay on top of environmental issues such as:
- Acquiring emissions permits: If your business entails the discharge of CO2 and other pollutants, acquiring and updating all necessary permits is a constant source of concern.
- Use of banned substances: Only after a careful audit of your production processes can you be sure you are meeting your obligations regarding banned substances. The list of banned substances changes, so you must stay up to date, and their use may depend upon the location and nature of your business.
- Waste generation and disposal practices: From updating recycling protocols to using more environmentally friendly materials in production centers and common areas, changing these processes can help you avoid fines and even attain eligibility for certain credits.
The benefits of long-term thinking
Keeping up to date with the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and other environmental laws and requirements may seem like a full time job in itself. Business owners who cannot afford fines and shutdowns turn to experienced environmental law attorneys to avoid such hassles.
Risk management measures such as compliance audits may seem costly in the short term, but by taking such actions today, you can spare your business significant time and expense in the future. When issues do arise, you can be assured you have a knowledgeable legal team to guide you through whatever hearings, inspections or potential lawsuits arise.