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New EPA Scrutiny for Chemical Makers

Posted May 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Chemical makers, already heavily regulated, will face added U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scrutiny come October as a result of two new enforcement initiatives. The EPA has announced beefed up efforts to keep industrial pollutants out of the nation's water supplies and to reduce risks of accidental releases specifically at chemical and industrial sites. The first initiative involves bringing plants into compliance with the Clean Water Act and reducing pollution discharges while the second focuses on preventing leaks of hazardous substances into the air, ground, or water.


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05/17/2016 10:00 AM

I recall an anecdote from a colleague of mine who used to work at a plant on a river where they had interminable problems from the regulators regarding their outflow. They had installed all kinds of treatment systems to handle the effluent. It got to the point where the water they were discharging was significantly cleaner than the intake water. At that point the company's lawyers were able to fend off the regulators.

I noticed the pictures accompanying this article and the link are typical of the yellow journalism practiced by the Associated Press and other lamestream media outlets. We've come a long way on water quality in this country and I would not suggest we go back to the days of Love Canal but talking about water quality in the U.S. and showing pictures of pollution in some third-world country is disingenuous at best.

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05/23/2016 7:54 AM

This has been an issue locally and certainly chemicals in the water is a problem. However I'm not sure what good it is to force more regulations when the EPA is already understaffed. Basically you are pulling them away from something else important to chase something that's in the news. If we want better regulation, fund the government departments in charge of regulation.

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05/25/2016 11:03 AM

Read an article the other day where new regulations since Obama has been in office now exceeds $100B per year. These are just regulations enacted since he's been in office. Could only guess on total regulation compliance costs by the government. How much is too much? Some things need regulation, some things the federal government has no business meddling with and should leave to the states.

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