While much of the decision depends on the new presidential administration, a bill last year set the tone for the EPA to upgrade their research, potentially banning more dangerous chemicals from everyday use.
An out-of-state incident highlights another downside of chemical exposure. Of course, toxic chemicals in the air and water can lead to illness among those exposed to it, including people and animals. Since people drive an economy, it's important to note that the health threat to people makes a difference to businesses as well.
Creating environmental standards and new laws regarding pollution always includes debate. The American struggle is balancing the importance of protecting the environment and the importance of protecting the economy.
Many businesses use manufacturing processes that potentially expose the environment to pollutants. To some extent, this is simply the consequence of living in the modern world. Still, the health and safety of the community are important, which is why the Clean Air Act states that there are limits to how much and what types of chemicals can go into the environment. Often it is violations of this act, and enforcement by the EPA, that will prompt businesses to develop more careful policies to prevent chemical exposure. This is what happened with a glass manufacturer that has operating locations in several states, including Georgia. The EPA issued two citations to the company after they made changes to their furnaces which caused an increase in NOX emissions. They were also charged with not obtaining the required pre-construction permits required by state and federal authorities. Potential consequences of these pollutants include smog, acid rain and respiratory illness.