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Environmental regulations — Arizona


The major federal environmental laws include the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (the federal Superfund law, known by the abbreviation CERCLA), the Emergency Planning & Community Right-To-Know Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Substantially equivalent Arizona environmental laws have also been adopted.

Businesses are exposed to civil and criminal liabilities under a host of federal, state, and local environmental laws.  These potential liabilities can be reduced, or eliminated, through the following management practices:

  • Select an employee, or group of employees, who will be responsible for managing company environmental matters and developing a company-wide environmental policy. The job of this individual, or group, is to develop a written company environmental policy and integrate it into your business. The individual or group should also become knowledgeable about applicable environmental laws, monitor company compliance, and take action to remedy environmental problems. This individual, or group, should also be aware of potential or pending changes to environmental statutes and rules that may affect the company and, if warranted, participate in the rulemaking...

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