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EPA Training: What You've Always Wanted To Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Sep 28, 2009 Jennifer Williamson, Distance Columnist | 0 Comments

The EPA, or the Environmental Protection Agency, is charged by the Federal government to oversee the regulation of chemicals and pollutants in the air, water, and soil for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment.  Established in 1970, this agency’s rules and regulations essentially control US environmental policies.

No matter what industry you’re in, chances are the EPA’s regulations affect your company. Here’s an overview of the EPA’s policies and requirements—as well as the steps you can take to increase your expertise, help your company enact environmentally friendly policies, and guide their EPA compliance.

What do EPA regulations cover? 

EPA regulations include a vast network of laws and rules safeguarding air quality, water quality, land and soil quality, hazardous waste disposal and endangered species protection.

Some of the more well-known laws that come under the EPA’s jurisdiction include the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Wilderness Act; the Endangered Species Act; the Superfund; the Nuclear Waste Repository Act; and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

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How do EPA regulations affect my business?

The EPA affects many different businesses in almost every industry.  If you run a factory of any kind, you’ll have to make sure your manufacturing operations comply with EPA’s Clean Air Act and other applicable laws and regulations.  If your company produces hazardous waste, you’ll have to process, transport and dispose of it in a way that ensures EPA compliance. The EPA affects how companies regulate pollution and dispose of waste, and it demands that companies be aware of how their operations affect our land, water and air.

To comply with EPA laws and regulations, you may have to add scrubbers to your smokestacks to make your factory’s emissions less toxic; post a bond that will pay for the reclamation of your company’s strip mine; or pay for the cleanup of a toxic brownfield created by your company’s pollution.

Why should I learn about EPA regulations?

No matter what industry you’re in, it’s likely that your company will have to comply with EPA standards. Knowledge of those standards and how to ensure compliance is valuable across many different industries and within many top companies.  If you can demonstrate you have the skills to help your company comply with EPA regulations, you’re likely to be highly valued as an employee and sought after as a job candidate.

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The EPA affects how companies regulate pollution and dispose of waste, and it demands that companies be aware of how their operations affect our land, water and air.

How can I increase my knowledge of EPA compliance issues?

There are plenty of qualified courses that can help you learn more about EPA compliance—and give you the skills you need to make sure your company’s requirements are met.  Many courses are available online, and are designed to conform to the schedules of full-time employees. If you have been in contact with hazardous materials at your workplace, law firms like Baron & Budd specialize in representing those victims of hazardous materials. Here are a few online classes that focus on various environmental issues:

DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation

This course covers loading, unloading, and handling of hazardous materials; preparation of transport containers; how to correctly prepare shipping materials for hazardous waste; and transport safety.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act Online

This class covers the Compensation and Liability Act, which governs companies’ responsibility to clean up contamination from hazardous waste disposal.  This class helps students gain a basic understanding of the regulatory process, how disposal sites are assessed and how remediation is handled.  You’ll learn about the Superfund program, hazard ranking systems, the National Contingency Plan, and cleanup and abatement orders.

Environmental Boot Camp

This course is an ideal introductory course for anyone who needs a broad understanding of EPA law and how it affects a variety of industries. Topics included cover the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Act, and more. Students in this class will learn how environmental laws affect businesses in a range of industries—and how the regulations are implemented and enforced.

EPA regulations cover many different acts governing resource use and misuse, pollution and recovery throughout our skies, lands and waterways.  A knowledge of EPA regulations—whether targeted to your particular industry or broad enough to apply to a wide range of businesses—is sure to be valuable to a wide range of employers.


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