You May Have More Environmental Issues Than You Think

March 1, 2010
Jill H. Kaplan
Association of Corporate Counsel's "Green-house Counsel"

Typically, when people think of companies likely to have "environmental issues," they think of manufacturers, particularly those companies you drive by and see smoke or steam pouring out of large stacks. However, the citations and penalties we see issued by federal, state and local environmental agencies often involve entities that manufacture nothing. Common targets include property managers, companies that have any type of trucking fleet, and retailers of all kinds and sizes. So, if you think your company has no environmental concerns, below are some questions you should consider. If you answer "yes" or even "maybe" to any of these questions, your company may have more environmental issues than you think.

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