What You Need to Know: EPA Launches Smart Sectors Program
What is EPA?The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA is a regulatory agency created not just to write but also to enforce and ensure the compliance of rules and federal laws in place for the protection of both the environment and human health.
The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA is a regulatory agency created not just to write but also to enforce and ensure the compliance of rules and federal laws in place for the protection of both the environment and human health. Click To TweetThe agency protects and conserves the environment, helping preserve Mother Nature. It also aids in the improvement of human health by thoroughly researching the manufacturing, processing, distribution, usage, effects, and limits of the various environmental pollutants and industrial chemicals, which may prove harmful in any way. EPA’s administration enforces the findings of its research through regulatory actions, such as sanctions, fines, and the establishment and participation in organizations, like the Smart Sectors Program.
What is the Smart Sectors Program?A new, streamlined, highly comprehensive, and progressive initiative, the Smart Sectors Program is a new venture by the EPA to establish a collaboration among all of the various industries and business sectors, which may directly or indirectly affect human and environmental health. For the purpose of individually focused attention, the Smart Sectors Program engages business partners sector-wise, to thoroughly regulate the choices, steps, and decisions taken, which may affect the public, the country’s economy, and the natural environment.
Proposed Benefits of the Smart Sectors ProgramBecause the Smart Sectors Program aims to create a collaborative narrative by encouraging open dialogue and free communication, the EPA proposes a number of different benefits, including but not limited to:
- Increased transparency between the regulated sectors and the federal government
- Facilitated and improved communication between the agency and regulated sectors
- Streamlined and guided operations
- Collection and thorough analysis of industry data
- Develop comprehensive reports to track the impact of each sector on the environment and economy
- Ease of access to educational information
- Increased public awareness
- Interactive communication for sensible and creative solutions for environmental concerns and improvement
- Build stronger relationships and provide improved customer services to specific industries
- Provide additional expertise as required
- Long-term predictability of actions
- Reduced operating costs for the industry partners
- Improved efficiencies and service deliveries
- Lower costs for American taxpayers
- Improved overall health and protection of the environment and humans
Current Smart SectorsCurrently, there exists rules and compliance regulations for the following industries, their businesses, and associated organizations:
- Wood and Paper Manufacturing
- Oil and Gas Extraction
Upcoming Smart SectorsAs proposed by the Smart Sectors initiative, the following are the upcoming sectors that will have individualized support and attention as required for the compliance with the EPA’s rules and regulations.
- Electronics and Technology
- Iron and Steel
- Real Estate
- Ports and Maritime Transportation
- Marine Manufacturing
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Utilities and Power Generation/ Energy and Resources
- Forestry along with Paper and Wood Products