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EPA Regulation of Toxic Substances

The Environmental Protection Agency is a United States government institution that aids in protecting and preserving the natural balance of environmental processes. They have put out numerous regulations, covering everything from the quality of our air and water to the management of waste to the legality of procedures enacted by mining and manufacturing companies. It’s very broad and very diverse, but all regulations are in place for the sole purpose of environmental preservation.

This includes laws surrounding the regulation of potentially toxic substances. Whether naturally occurring or man-made, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors the proper management and disposal of these substances. Below is a list containing some of the primary offenders.

  • Hazardous waste. This category includes things such as laboratory waste, pharmaceutical waste, used oil, and even household waste. You might not think much about it, but some of the most common household products can actually be very damaging to the environment if not properly cared for. Some examples include drain cleaner, glass and window cleaner, and even mothballs. Do your part and consider seeking products that advertise themselves as environmentally friendly.
  • Asbestos & lead. The United States government has issued many regulations surrounding the use of lead in products, including paint, toys, and jewelry. Without proper care, it could end up in the air, in the soil, or even in our drinking water. In a similar vein, asbestos can often be found in older homes and buildings. The government has put an end to the sale of asbestos-based products and issued regulations protecting children and workers who may have been exposed.
  • Pesticides. Insecticide, rodenticide, and even fungicide may pose a threat to the environment and the health of the people who come in contact with it. The potential for it to end up airborne or in our food or water led to the regulation of pesticides in 1996.
  • Mining. When done improperly, mining can have some of the most disastrous effects on the environment. Not only are you cutting into the earth with controlled explosions and potentially hazardous chemicals, but the dust can easily become airborne or be spread by mining vehicles.

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