day is Earth Day for American entrepreneurs
business fights to keep America clean and green
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[APRIL 22, 2006]
WASHINGTON -- Environmental stewardship is
important for America's 25 million small businesses -- and not just
on Earth Day. Every day entrepreneurs are on the front lines in the
battle to keep their communities "clean and green." Small-business
owners live, work and play where their businesses are located. They
know their families, neighbors and employees will hold them
accountable for keeping their communities healthy, clean and green.
At the same time, paperwork and government mandates burden small
business. Office of Advocacy research shows that the smallest of
businesses each year have to spend 45 percent more per employee to
comply with federal government regulations than do their larger
That is why small-business owners cheered when last
fall the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to streamline
some annual reports on businesses' use and management of chemicals.
Reports on spills, accidental releases and information for first
responders would still be required. However, under the EPA's
proposal, a simpler annual report form will be available for firms
that responsibly handle small amounts of chemicals. This is welcome
news for small firms that have been lumped together with large
emitters in EPA's Toxic Release Inventory database.
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Not only will this change save an estimated 165,000 hours of
paperwork annually for businesses, it will also help communities
understand that their local small businesses are responsible
stewards of the environment.
The new reporting plan accomplishes the goal of environmental
protection while recognizing the disproportionate impact regulations
have on small business. Detailed comments by the Office of Advocacy
on the proposal are at
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On Earth Day 2006, Americans can be proud that their
small-business neighbors are working to better protect the
environment and keep their communities clean and green. After all,
every day is Earth Day for American small business.
[News release from the
Office of Advocacy of the U.S.
Small Business Administration]