What You Need to Know: EPA Launches Smart Sectors Program

Posted On: March 13, 2018
The various environmental fields and sectors across the industry are thrilled with the announcement and subsequent launch of the Smart Sectors Program. It is a bold initiative for the establishment of open dialogue between the regulatory agency and the patrons of the industry in order to facilitate the members, maintain their competitive edge, and thoroughly improve environmental outcomes for increased positivity and economic growth. Despite the announcement, there’s still some ambiguity amongst members across different environmental industries about what the program entails and how it will affect individuals and businesses. Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know about EPA’s recently launched 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 Tweet

The 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 Program

Because 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 Sectors

Currently, there exists rules and compliance regulations for the following industries, their businesses, and associated organizations:
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Wood and Paper Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas Extraction

Upcoming Smart Sectors

As 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.
  • Aerospace
  • Electronics and Technology
  • Iron and Steel
  • Real Estate
  • Ports and Maritime Transportation
  • Marine Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Biofuels
  • Concrete
  • Utilities and Power Generation/ Energy and Resources
  • Forestry along with Paper and Wood Products

Learn More about the EPA Regulations for Environmental Fields

In times when environmental safety takes precedence, it is essential for the professionals working in close capacity with the safety and environmental fields to be well informed about EPA regulations. Furthermore, it is equally important to thoroughly comply with the rules in order to prevent potential workplace risks. Become a certified environmental specialist by taking the Certified Environmental Specialist Course, which provides an intensive overview of EPA regulations, the Smart Sectors Program, as well as the Clean Water Act, SPCC, Clean Air Act, CERCLA, TSCA, RCBA, and more. You can find out more information about the course, its objectives, pricing, and registration right here.

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