Comprehensive legislation helps to protect people and our environment.

On December 2, 1970, President Richard Nixon established the United States Environmental Protection Agency by signing executive order 1110.2. Initially charged with securing the protection of the land, water and air resources of the US, the agency has since evolved and taken on many other responsibilities. Some of the major environmental regulations implemented by EPA are:

  • The Clean Air Act (CAA): Regulates air emissions from stationary and mobile sources, and authorizes EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
  • The Clean Water Act (CWA): Establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.
  • The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA): Allows EPA to set standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards
  • The Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA): The first federal law that required environmentally sound methods for disposal of household, municipal, commercial, and industrial waste
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA): Protects humans and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal and ensures that wastes are managed in a sound manner.
  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act: Addresses the cleanup of uncontrolled releases of specified hazardous substances
  • The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act: Allows state and local planning for chemical emergencies and communities’ right-to-know about toxic and hazardous chemicals.

We design plans that address a spectrum of requirements.

The EPA regulates numerous areas of environmental compliance. As an example, regulations in 40 CFR 262 require some hazardous waste generators to have written contingency plans that mandate specified equipment, training and exercises. Compliance and enforcement is how EPA ensures that governments, businesses and industry understand and follow regulations through on-site visits by qualified inspectors. AES can help you comply with the requirements of those regulations that apply to your company and also help you obtain permits that are issued by Authorized States or by EPA Regional Offices. We provide:

  • NPDES Permitting Assistance
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans
  • Spill Prevention (SPCC) Plans
  • Community Right-to-Know Notifications
  • Emergency Planning and Notification
  • Contingency Plans
  • Emergency Preparedness Plans