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EPA inspections, regulations to pick up in Obama’s second term

EPA inspections, regulations to pick up in Obama's second term
EPA inspections, regulations to pick up in Obama's second term

Now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, the Environmental Protection Agency will have the opportunity to meet several ambitious regulatory goals, which could leave many manufacturing firms ill prepared for inspection, Forbes reports.

According to the news source, the Obama Administration's aggressive Enterprise Prevention Agenda will likely be even more of a presence in the manufacturing industry in the next four years as it was in the first four years. A new report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Minority Committee lists several EPA regulations that are expected to go into effect in the next four years, after having been delayed until after the election.

The report provides details on several new rules that have been developed in the past year that will lead to greater restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions, stricter water guidelines and even more restrictions on the ozone standard.

However, not everyone sees these green initiatives as good for the economy. Ranking EPW Minority Committee member Senator James Inhofe stated that implementation of the rules was likely delayed because the administration didn't "want all those pink slips and price spikes to hit until after the election."

One thing is certain though – once these rules go into place, facilities maintenance managers will need to make sure to fully understand the new rules and regulations to remain compliant with the agency.

According to the media outlet, there will be a number of new greenhouse gas regulations in Obama's second term, as well new ozone standards and greater controls over hydraulic fracturing operations. The EPA's proposed new water guidance document, which concerns water covered by 2011's Clean Water Act (CWA), will also force facilities to spend more on asset maintenance to ensure compliance with environmental standards.

According to the EPA, the CWA was created to establish a framework for keeping tabs on all discharges of pollutants into U.S. bodies of water. When EPA maintenance personnel perform inspections based on CWA or other regulations, having accurate documentation of asset maintenance readily available can lead to much shorter downtime periods. 

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