Most large-scale industries across the country are monitored and regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a federal agency, their primary purpose is to minimize human impact on the earth’s resources, including soil, water, and air. From agriculture to transportation, and manufacturing to education, the EPA keeps watch over a variety of different business sectors.
One of the biggest and most important industries that falls under the EPA’s regulatory umbrella is construction. This should come as no surprise, given how invasive the construction process can be. Plus, the industry utilizes a number of materials and substances that may be toxic if mishandled. It’s critical that construction activities stay within the borders of a predetermined site to protect the area from any hazards.
This is especially significant when it comes to city construction, where space is limited and everything is significantly compacted. The population is typically much more concentrated near urban construction sites than a similar-sized plot of rural or suburban land. Hence, the EPA is extremely proactive when it comes to regulating urban construction sites and establishing preventative measures that will protect the environment.
Charlotte is growing quickly. In fact, the Queen City has seen a population increase of over 8% between 2016 and 2021. If you’ve been anywhere near the downtown area, you know there’s always construction underway. So, what are some ways the EPA is managing pollution and runoff? Here are a few tips, directly from the source:
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