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U.S. E.P.A. Common Sense Initiative

The Common Sense Initiative is an innovative approach to environmental protection and pollution prevention developed by the U.S. EPA. The Initiative addresses environmental management by industrial sector rather than by environmental medium (air, water, land).
Ratings/Review of this resource:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Common Sense Initiative Program Staff
MC 1802
401 M St., SW
Washington , DC 20460
Fax: 202 401-2474
E-Mail: willis.daria@epamail.epa.gov
Website: http://www.epa.gov/commonsense/

Detailed Information:
From its origin, CSI has provided a pathfinding forum for breaking through one of the biggest constraints associated with the current environmental regulatory system the single-media approach to pollution control that has prevailed for more than 25 years. During this time, controlling pollution in specific media our air, land, and water has worked well for reducing adverse impacts from the most obvious sources, namely large industries and municipal operations. But recently, the limitations of this approach have become widely recognized. Across the country, environmental managers in industrial and municipal facilities face difficulties in trying to track, understand, and comply with multiple regulatory requirements. And EPA staff have often failed to recognize the opportunities for achieving better environmental results that lie outside their traditional realm of responsibility. In addition, concerned citizens and other interested stakeholders often have difficulty accessing and understanding environmental information and participating in environmental policy and decision-making.

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