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The US and EU's Different Approach to the Control of Waste Discharges

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Europe and the US have different methods for controlling and regulating pollution. The differences are philosophical, practical and statistical. The US uses a monthly average, daily maximum as a regulatory base and fines for enforcement. Europe uses a more flexible system that penalizes polluters heavily for lack of enforcement, but not always with the same criminal penalties present in the US System. This paper will seek to explain the difference in philosophy and base for control of pollution and enforcement, and how the different systems may impact the way in which a company may operate.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2003

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