Staying in compliance with the ever-changing environmental laws and regulations requires a new approach. Industry must be proactive, and work with regulators to ensure fair laws and treatment. This can be done by establishing a dialog with agencies responsible for enforcing and creating regulations.
To be effective in dealing with agencies, it helps to be knowledgeable regardng what the concerns of the community are. Communication within the industry is also essential. In order to make yourself heard when dealing with federal, state and local agencies, a diplomatic approach and positive alternatives to disputed policies are needed. Good community and agency relations and a plant staff that is always on the lookout for the environmental implications of their actions are another key to proactivity.