state environmental regulation Articles

  • A Deeper Look into Decentralized Water Reuse

    Specialized wastewater treatment & reuse systems provide sustainable infrastructure solution Water is a vital resource in the operations of many industrial processes. The increasing demands for water for agricultural, drinking and industrial processes has put significant strain on global freshwater supplies as the world’s population continues to grow. ...

  • Washington report: what organizations are in your state?

    ALABAMA Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) The ADEM administers all major federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water acts and federal solid and hazardous waste laws. The ADEM’s mission is to responsibly adopt and fairly enforce rules and regulations consistent with the statutory authority granted to the Alabama ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • State and Local Governments Step Into Toxics Regulation

    According to the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), federal inaction on chemicals management and regulation has spurred state and even local government entities to step into toxics regulation. CIEL issued a position paper last May, Cloudy Skies, Chance of Sun: A Forecast for U.S. Reform of Chemicals Policy, predicting exactly this result. CIEL points to the fact that at least six ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Do environmental regulations harm competitiveness?

    Environmental regulations only reduce productivity and employment by a small amount, and can boost economic growth by encouraging innovation by businesses, according to a report published last months by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • The environmental industry in transitional China: barriers and opportunities between state and market

    The environmental industry has been cited as a crucial industrial sector that developed parallel to the increasing focus on ecological and environmental issues in the modernisation process. Notwithstanding its rapid growth in recent years, China's environmental industry is still immature in comparison with that of developed countries. A review of the development of China's environmental industry ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Incentives for environmental performance

    There are many advantages for a company who is pursuing a course of superior environmental performance. Governmental Trends to Improve Environmental Management Better organization and more efficient management of environmental responsibilities. Better compliance with laws and regulations. Reduction in environmental risk and liabilities with possible ...

  • Developing and Implementing a Successful Environmental Compliance Management System for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) Refineries in Washington State

    As the number of environmental regulations and operating requirements included within operating permits for refineries continue to grow, many environmental managers have opted to implement environmental data management systems. This case study will demonstrate how a group of five refineries through the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) in Washington State have chosen to work together to ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Trade and environmental damage in US agriculture

    Trade liberalisation has the potential to contribute to overall improvements in environmental performance, while countries might lose a comparative advantage in trade because of stringent environmental regulations. We analyse the environmental damages in the US agriculture since 1973 using state level data and conclude that states lose a comparative advantage by stringent environmental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Keystone rejection likely to drive state EHS pipeline regulation

    On 18 January 2012, President Obama rejected the proposed plans for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project which has drawn much debate throughout the United States and Canada.  Although the debate concerning the Keystone XL hinged largely on political divides, the denial of the project will likely drive state regulation of environmental, health, and safety issues concerning pipelines.  ...

  • Legislating risk: the USA struggles to reform its policies for the assessment and management of risk

    This paper focuses on recent efforts in the United States to improve the federal government's approach to regulating risk, with particular emphasis on legislation introduced in the Congress of the United States that was designed to reform and standardize risk assessment and risk management practices at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies with ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Legal perspectives on recent California climate change legislation

    Because California is regarded as a bellwether state for environmental regulations, its efforts to combat or adapt to climate change will be watched closely and potentially replicated as other states and the federal government address the issue. In this article, the author looks at recent climate change legislative initiatives and litigation in California that are affecting the way it is viewing ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Optimal regulations for sustainable chemical manufacturing

    Environmental regulations typically follow a command-and-control approach mandating the installation of state-of-the-art abatement technology and imposing hard emission thresholds. However, this type of regulations does not encourage process improvement and technological research to reduce emissions. In contrast, market-based environmental regulations stimulate continued improvement of cleaner ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • State of the environment industry

    The current economic downturn has exacted a heavy toll on many industry sectors. The collapse of the banking and finance system, the humbling failures of the big three North American automakers, and slowdowns in construction and housing market spending have prompted massive injections of government cash to keep the wheels of commerce turning - however slowly. In the US the Associated Builders and ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Recreational impacts on the environment as an impetus to updating recreational regulations in the Washington State

    The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) uses the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as the regulations by which the agency manages public lands for Washington State. Originally written in 1970, the part of the WAC that guides recreational public access was suitable for its time. However, as populations grew, new technology has developed and the public now recreates deeper ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Developing & Implementing a Successful Environmental Compliance Mgmt System for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) Refineries in WA State

    Abstract As the number of environmental regulations and operating requirements included within operating permits for refineries continue to grow, many environmental managers have opted to implement environmental data management systems. This case study will demonstrate how a group of five refineries through the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) in Washington State ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Analytic methods for environmental regulations in the United States: promises, pitfalls and politics

    Decision-making about environmental protection and public health is challenging because of the need to balance the probabilities, magnitudes, and characteristics of potential adverse consequences. A variety of principles are often invoked in an attempt to simplify the decision, but by neglecting important elements of the problem, many of these principles prove to be inadequate. Maximisation of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impact of environmental regulations on the optimal allocation of coal among regions in the United States

    This study investigates the environmental impact of acid rain controls on the optimal allocation of coal among regions in the United States using a quadratic programming approach. A per-unit tax, which is equal to the marginal damage cost of sulfur oxides emissions, is used as the regulatory means of controlling sulfur pollution. The government can therefore make utilities decrease sulfur ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Reducing the Economic Friction of Regulation

    Last month, we looked at two distinctly different bioenergy business models that are merging. Energy profit centers and waste cost-recovery facilities are learning the benefits of each other's business model. The resulting projects generate maximum revenue with lower production costs. The same kind of business model duality occurs in biomass energy regulation. There are more than two kinds of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Establishing PCB Cleanup Levels for Historical Spills in Texas

    INTRODUCTIONPolychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a mixture of chlorine atoms and biphenyl molecules that combine to form complex chlorinated organic compounds that were manufactured and widely used in the United States from the 1940s through 1978. The chemical characteristics of PCBs made them desirable for use because of their electrical properties and low flammability. Unfortunately, the PCBs ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • Heterogeneity of the environmental regulation of industrial wastewater: European wineries

    The European legislation of the pollution of industrial wastewater shows a high degree of heterogeneity. This fact implies that there is a market failure with relevant consequences. Within the European Union, each Member State performs a specific transposition of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60. The member states introduce different sanitation fees to correct water pollution. In this ...


    By IWA Publishing

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