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The Environmental Protection Agency’s Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards. Mary C. McKiel Standards Executive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Activities. Regulatory Based on legal mandates Enforceable by Federal and State Authorities

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the environmental protection agency s use of voluntary consensus standards

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards

Mary C. McKiel

Standards Executive

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

epa activities
EPA Activities
  • Regulatory
    • Based on legal mandates
    • Enforceable by Federal and State Authorities
    • Incorporate voluntary consensus standards whenever possible
  • Voluntary Programs
    • Partnerships with stakeholders
    • Incentive programs
    • Use voluntary consensus standards as applicable
regulatory actions
Regulatory Actions
  • Laws for Environment, Health, Safety
    • Toxic Control Substances Act
    • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
    • Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act
  • Law on Standards and Conformity Assessment
    • National Technology Transfer & Advancement Act
  • Trade Agreements
    • World Trade Organization
      • TBT – Technical Barriers to Trade
      • SPS – Sanitary and Phytosanitary
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Considerations in the Development

of Technical Regulations

Legally Defensible

Simple

Trade-related Obligations

Voluntary

Standards, i.e.,

NTTAA &

OMB Circular

Sound Analysis

DECISION

Timely

Easy to Implement & Enforce

Comprehensive

Flexible

Transparency

Clear & Concise

voluntary standards used in regulations examples
Voluntary Standards Used in Regulations: Examples
  • Regulatory Use of Voluntary standards for:
    • Refrigerant recovery equipment
    • Methods for examination of water and wastewater for E. coli
    • Permeation of liners for underground storage tanks
    • Measurement of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide content of exhaust gas from chemical recovery combustion sources
voluntary and incentive programs at us epa examples
Voluntary and Incentive Programs at US EPA: Examples
  • Energy Star – product oriented
  • Environmental Management Systems – help Federal agencies implement EMS
  • Pollution Prevention
    • Mercury reduction
    • Green purchasing
    • Recycling of Electronic Products
using voluntary standards in voluntary and incentive programs
Using Voluntary Standards in Voluntary and Incentive Programs
  • Voluntary and incentive programs use voluntary standards for:
    • Best practice guides in the Federal Energy Challenge – standards for green buildings, product manuafacturing and use, etc.
    • Environmentally Preferable Products – ASTM product testing standards
    • Energy Star – various standards
    • Environmental Management -- ISO 14001
    • Recycling of Electronic Products – IEEE 1680
regulatory resources
Regulatory Resources
  • Introduction to Laws & Regulations

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/lawintro.htm

  • Current Laws & Regulations

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/rules.html

  • EPA Test Methods

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/index/

  • U.S. Govt.-wide Regulations

http://www.reginfo.gov

standards resources
Standards Resources
  • American National Standards Institute

http://www.ansi.org

  • Standards In Government

http://www.standards.gov

  • Conformity Assessment

http://www.nist.gov

http://web.ansi.org/public/ca_act.html

  • Search Engine

http://www.nssn.org