An Introduction to Environmental Regulations
For Manufacturers and Industry
Robert P. Stevens, P.E., DEE
This three hour course introduces the environmental regulatory system in the United States. It presents an introduction to the major federal environmental rules affecting manufacturers and industry. This course is organized to present these rules as follows:
This course will
be particularly useful for persons who work in manufacturing and industries
who want to understand what rules may affect their operations, and it will help
persons familiar with some but not all of these environmental regulations to
broaden their understanding of the regulatory system.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end.
the conclusion of this three hour course, the student will have a basic
have a basic understanding of:
Regulatory programs affecting chemical and materials management at manufacturing and industrial facilities;
The Federal air program and the several types of activities that are regulated under that program;
Programs for water regulation, including wastewater (direct and indirect discharges), stormwater (individual and general permits, exemptions), and drinking water systems; and
for solid and hazardous waste management including categories of hazardous
The environmental rules in the United States are quite complex. Typically, specialists in one or more environmental areas are employed to interpret and implement programs to meet environmental rule requirements. However, managers and professionals working with manufacturing and industrial facilities should be aware of the overall environmental regulatory framework for several reasons:
The course content is in a PDF file (56 KB) Environmental_Regulations.pdf. You need to open or download this document to study this course.
The major federal environmental programs affecting manufacturers and industry were described in this course according to:
The required knowledge
about the facility was introduced with a series of questions. Environmental
regulations were then introduced by discussions on the overall concept and terms
used with the regulation, followed by questions on how they might apply. The
understanding developed from this course should help facility personnel and
environmental professionals recognize overall regulatory program requirements.
For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites and links:
US EPA (www.epa.gov)
The above site
includes links to the following regulated areas: Air, cleanup, compliance and
enforcement, economics, ecosystems, emergencies, environmental management, human
health, industry, international cooperation, pesticides, pollutants/toxics,
pollution prevention, research, treatment and control, wastes, and water.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.