Know Your Company's Chemical Footprint - Your Compliance Depends On It!

January 4, 2010
Carol F. McCabe
Association of Corporate Counsel's "Green-house Counsel"

In recent years, US companies of all sizes have taken extraordinary and voluntary efforts to quantify their greenhouse gas emissions and to identify their carbon footprints. These developments have demonstrated a much increased sensitivity to companies’ impacts on climate change, and a heightened public awareness of these issues. While carbon footprint and climate change concepts may attract attention at the global level, usage of industrial chemicals serves as a basis for evaluating public health risks at the local level. A facility’s chemical footprint can cause significant concern to the public, and continues to be a paramount area of focus for the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state and local environmental agencies.

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