New Buildings and Infrastructures
EPA regulates many activities associated with your structure, such as the management of refrigerants and storm water run-off from construction activities.
- Asbestos in Buildings
- Construction & Demolition
- Caulk (PDF):Caulk containing potentially harmful polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was used in many buildings constructed in the 1950s through the 1970s.
- Refrigeration / Air Conditioning
- Septic (Onsite Systems)
- Stormwater: Generally, the Clean Water Act does not require permit coverage for runoff from impervious areas although the Act does provide the authority for EPA or the states to permit such types of discharges on a case-by-case or categorical basis where these discharges are determined to be causing or contributing to violations of water quality standards or are significant contributors of pollutants to waters of the United States.
- Wetlands: Most states have enacted laws and regulations to protect wetlands. In many cases, these rules are established to define the state's role in the §404 permit/§401 certification process.
EPA offers many sustainability opportunities including smart growth, creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle.