Perspectives: Compliance Advisor

Pollution Monitoring: New Tools Help Speed Compliance

The EPA’s Next Generation Compliance initiative uses advances in pollutant monitoring and information technology as well as improved reporting procedures to reduce pollution and increase compliance with environmental regulations.

By Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
Aug 17, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made much of its “Next Generation Compliance” initiative, created “to increase compliance with environmental regulations by using advances in pollutant monitoring and information technology combined with a focus on designing more effective regulations and permits to reduce pollution.” This involves more effective regulations and permits that include built-in compliance mechanisms, such as continuous monitoring for stationary sources; advanced monitoring, including fence-line monitoring and infrared camera systems; greater transparency, including public availability of electronic data and third-party audits; and “innovative” enforcement, including incorporating these elements in administrative and judicial settlements and injunctive relief demands. This column briefly outlines these new initiatives so Chemical Processing readers can take advantage of these programs.

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