Recent EPA Decisions Impacting Business Opportunities

The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are air quality standards that are set for pollutants, such as ozone and sulfur dioxide (SO2), at levels necessary to protect the public from adverse effects from that pollutant.  If an area exceeds the level, controls and restrictions are placed on emission sources within the area until the standard is achieved.

However, while these controls and restrictions may serve to reduce the level of pollutants over time, they also serve to make growth and expansion more expensive and difficult.  A company seeking to construct or expand a facility in a non-attainment area generally must spend additional money to install the mandated air pollution control equipment.  These added costs, along with additional permitting costs, may make the project too expensive.  In turn, suppliers, contractors, and others who might be involved in the project do not realize that opportunity.  Anyone doing business in the Houston or Baton Rouge areas know the limitations imposed by a failure to attain the NAAQS for ozone. Continue reading “Recent EPA Decisions Impacting Business Opportunities”