How the Clean Water Act affects all businesses, big and small.

The Clean Water Act, established by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is a must read and must know for every business owner. As a business owner it is your responsibility to make sure you follow the rules and regulations of the EPA Clean Water Act to keep our waters safe, and, according to the Clean Water Act, both “fishable” and “swimmable” .

Formerly known as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act which was introduced in 1948, and amended in 2002, the EPA Clean Water Act sets the standards for businesses and regulates the discharge of any and all pollutants into United States waters. As a business owner you are not allowed, under any circumstances, to dump pollutants into US waters without a permit. Failure to obtain a permit plus illegal dumping equals a huge fine and possible shut down.

As a business owner, it is imperative that you know the rules and regulations of the EPA Clean Water Act. Products that can help you comply with the Clean Water Act  are absorbent booms, spill kits, spill containment berms and storm water products.

A full version of the EPA Clean Water Act can be viewed at http://www.epa.gov. The site includes information about: * Clean Water Act * Research and Related Programs * Grants and Commission of Treatment Works * Standards and Enforcement * Permits and Licenses * General Provisions* State Water Pollution Control Revolving Funds. A summary of the objectives of this act can be found in this article “The Clean Water Act – What You As A Business Owner Should Know”.

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