Warner Pacific College
May 14, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state environmental agencies regulate the impact of businesses on the environment (Environmental Regulations). The EPA develops and enforces regulations that put into place environmental laws approved by Congress (Environmental Regulations). Many people agree that it is beneficial to our environment to have administrations such as these enforcing regulations intended to keep our environment safe. However, there are also those who feel that the cost is great.
When we look at government funded administrations like the EPA, there are both pros and cons to consider. On the plus side the EPA has benefited the environment by seeing that certain environmental hazards are controlled such as: vehicle and industrial air pollutants, hazardous and toxin substances and materials, agricultural and food pollutants, solid wastes and drinking waters, sewage, industrial, oil and mining pollutants, runoff and agricultural wastewaters, and coastal and fisheries pollution (EPA at 40: Pros and Cons). They also ensure the protection of: endangered flora and fauna, and cultural, historic and scenic resources (EPA at 40: Pros and Cons).
However, although there are benefits from the EPA, there are also things some people and organizations, like The National Association of Manufacturers, may be concerned with. The National Association of Manufacturers are concerned that the EPA may be overregulating. They explain that manufacturers are troubled by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) “aggressive agenda” and the “significant impact its regulations will have on manufacturing in the United States” (EPA Overregulation). They state that, “The EPA's actions will add new burdens and restrictions, increase costs, destroy jobs and undermine U.S. manufacturers' ability to compete in the global marketplace” (EPA Overregulation). The EPA’s strict regulations also contribution to the unemployment rate and inflation. Since the EPA expanded, the unemployment rate has risen by 33.3% (EPA at 40: Pros and Cons). This is a concern for U.S. citizens who need jobs to provide for their families. This is also a concern for businesses who need to hire more employees to keep their businesses running smoothly but cannot afford it because of environmental regulations inflicting on their budget. Also, environmental regulations effect inflation and the costs of goods, services, energies and activities (EPA at 40: Pros and Cons).
So although there are clearly benefits to our environment that we get to enjoy by environmental regulations, there is also a price to pay to uphold these regulations. Everyone most likely wants a healthy and clean environment, however it can be difficult on many people to deal with what it costs to achieve it.
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EPA at 40: Pros and cons. (n.d.). Examiner.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://www.examiner.com/article/epa-at-40-pros-and-cons
EPA Overregulation. (n.d.). - National Association of Manufacturers. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://www.nam.org/Issues/Energy-and-Climate/EPA-Overregulation.aspx