Cancer and Environmental Protection Agency

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EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. So the question that was opposed was whose rights are potentially violated by both with and without EPA enforcement. The law enforcement officials are no longer content to investigate companies alone. They are now investigating individuals, and holding those individuals criminally liable for environmental violations. They are "sending a message" to corporate America. Therefore, employers and individuals may feel violated by the EPA inspectors. This distinction is important. The maximum penalty for civil violations is usually a fine and/or a remediation order. Criminal enforcement brings an array of additional enforcement procedures: incarcerations, checking in with a probation officer and potentially have been barred from contracting with federal and/or state governmental authorities. The EPA has reported that second-hand smoke leads to 3,800 lung cancer deaths per year in nonsmoking Americans. Several other reports have found an association between second-hand smoke and not only lung cancer but also other types of cancer, including nasal sinuses, brain, breast, cervix and thyroid cancers, as well as leukemia and lymphoma. Second-hand smoke is also a Class A carcinogen - the same classification as asbestos. Therefore allowing smoking in a public business would be equivalent to piping in asbestos dust throughout the ventilation system of that building. Preparation and training can help minimize a facility's concern with human health, cleanier air and our own vulnerability to criminal prosecution for environmental violations. http://www.epa.gov/ http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/ http://www.allbusiness.com/government/environmental-regulations/1081634-1.htmlf
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