Tuesday, December 19, 2006

EPA Reduces Paperwork on Small Businesses

Are there environmental justice implications to the EPA reduction in paperwork for small businesses? The EPA has responded to small businesses and taken a step toward reducing their paperwork burden by reforming the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) rule. EPA believes the reform will help America's small businesses - especially manufacturers - remain competitive while still informing communities of the use of toxic materials by local firms.

According to EPA, while small firms are this country's prime innovators and job creators,the smallest annually spend 45 percent more per employee to comply with federal regulations than their larger counterparts. Per employee compliance with environmental regulations costs small firms 364 percentmore than large firms. For more information: www.sba.gov/advo (202) 205-6533

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