We are often so focused on narrowly-defined commercial aspects of our business that we turn a blind eye to the regulatory and environmental issues that our businesses face – and that may threaten our bottom line.  Environmental law is not just about being a good environmental citizen – not polluting, not emitting carbon monoxide and other harmful gases, cutting trees to increases residential area for the growing population, over-mining and ore extraction, weakening the soil. These are meant to combat a problem that has been in the news for the past half century:  We are compromising the integrity of our environment in the pursuit of a higher standard of living, thereby undercutting that standard of living itself. We often forget that depleting natural resources and degrading our environment may affect us and ultimately the coming generations as well.  Yet for businesses, there is also an important financial incentive to comply with environmental laws and regulations:  Failure to do so can hurt companies, as fines and loss of goodwill threaten to undermine commercial accomplishments.

Obviously good environmental citizenry should start at home:  We should be judicious with utilizing precious resources and must be aware of how our individual actions may be needlessly wasteful and affect the environment. That’s being a good citizen of the world from an environmentalist perspective.

Yet as far as companies are concerned, there is also a complex set of laws and regulations – both nationally and internationally, as well as locally — that operate to regulate the interaction of human life with the environment. This set of laws and regulations comprises laws, regulations, rulings, international conventions, treaties, etc. There are ten main objectives:  water pollution, air pollution, soil pollution, disposal of hazardous materials, transportation and shipping of hazardous materials, storage of hazardous materials, use of chemicals including biocidal or antimicrobial products, biodiversity including protection of endangered species and ecosystems, protection of natural landscapes, and conservation.  All of these seek to protect that poorly-defined entity that we call our environment.

You might be a small or medium-sized business (SME) or an individual business entrepreneur, but that doesn’t mean your company is exempt from complying with nvironmental regulations. Every business owner should be fully aware of how their business operations are affecting the business, and whether or not do they comply with the environmental regulations. If you don’t abide by the environmental laws, you and your company might be subjected to hefty civil penalties, loss of market access, or even be prosecuted for committing a criminal offense.

Make sure your business complies with the local, state, and federal laws for the following:

PROPER MANAGEMENT OF WASTE DISPOSAL

Depending upon the type of waste your company generates, your state environmental laws and regulations will require you to identify any hazardous waste, allowing the owner to only collect a limited amount on the property at a time. You will also be required to get a licensed unique waste vehicle to transport the hazardous waste to the premises allocated for receiving and disposal of hazardous waste. The institution issuing environmental regulation offers an exhaustive list of dangerous waste items, by which companies have to make sure they are disposing of the listed materials properly.

CHEMICALS REGULATION

Your product, if it contains chemicals including biocides and antimicrobials, must comply with national and international laws and regulation such as FIFRA, TSCA, and RCRA in the United States and the Biocidal Products Regulation, REACH in the EU, etc.

A RELATED RISK MANAGEMENT AREA:  MEDICAL DEVICES AND OTC DRUGS

An additional area related to that of the environmental area is the medical device and over-the-counter drug risk management area.  In those areas, the US FDA CDER and CDRH and CE Mark under the European Medical Device Directive determine what is safe for people and the healthcare environment, and it is important to stay within guidelines to ensure that medical devices and OTC drugs (including such common items as antiperspirants, sunscreens, and toothpaste) meet all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.

AIR POLLUTION:

To reduce air pollution caused by industries and other businesses, law and regulations have laid down specific air pollution control rules. These rules govern any business emitting airborne pollutants, be they volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases, odors, smoke, fumes, solid particles, dust, etc. For these, you have to obtain permits which describe and cover the kind of air impurities the business is emitting and what measures are being taken to reduce emissions and protect the environment from the particular substance.

PROTECTING ENDANGERED SPECIES:

There is a specific act prohibiting harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing or collecting of the species that are on the brink of extinction. Industrialist planning to construct an industry in the origin of endangered species be it pants, animals, you either have to take permit, or there would be government order not to build anything to conserve what’s left. You do have the option to contact your state’s wildlife department for seeking the permits.

If you are a business or industry owner worried about whether or not do you comply with the environmental regulations and need help dealing with the associated laws and regulations, you would need the help of n environment attorney to help you out with enforcing ecological regulation, zoning regulations, protect your financial interest in the event of environmental damage, etc.