SBA Goes after EPA Clean Water Rule

Thursday, 02, October , 2014 by

Clean water rulings from the EPA attempting to extend its jurisdiction to include not only America’s navigable lakes and rivers but feeder streams and ponds as well have come under fire from the SBA, who says they are representing the voices of Farming small businesses in particular as well as those who take issue with the potentially great expansion of jurisdiction the rule would represent for the EPA. However, according to earlier surveys of small business owners, a large majority were in favor of increased environmental protections that would protect the cleanliness of local waterways. Many businesses rely on the cleanliness of their local water as it directly impacts the cost of food production and the costs of doing business for many other industries. In a clarifying statement from Liz Purchia, EPA spokeswoman, the rule was defended as only a clarification of existing authority that would create no new requirements for small businesses. Is this rule really the issue, or are small business owners in general

The internet is a tool that has limitless possibilities, which in turn makes it especially easy to abuse in an office setting without a well understood internet policy. That said, when a business owner is overly restrictive with their internet policies, it can hurt morale which in turn has the ability to hurt productivity. Often, the reason that employees use the internet in a non-work context is not because they wish to shirk their responsibilities, but because they might be unclear on the priorities that they should be working on. Establishing clear goals and protocols for clarifying tasks during the workday can help to keep employees moving consistently in the right direction. What does your team need to do their jobs, and what represents a distraction that has the potential to impede their productivity? Generally, listening to music and sending a couple of persona emails in the course of a day falls within the realm of appropriate internet usage. It’s only when distractions such as watching

  Small business owners should be aware of their digital security protocols at all times. While many small businesses consider themselves too small to be the target of data theft, in fact it is for this very reason that small and medium businesses are often target by cyber criminals. Knowing that small businesses are repositories of valuable information, from email addresses to credit cards, hackers can take advantage of lax security protocols to easily steal large amounts of data. What do you know about the security protocols of your business partners? Should you have valuable information that you share with business partners, the level of security that they have should be something that you concern yourself with. Having strong security on the part of your own business is not enough to stop your information from being stolen should a business partner’s networks become compromised. If you are interested in learning about the protocols employed by your business partners, then you may which to enlist the help

According to an article on, small business owners across America agree that clean water should be promoted on the Federal level through the EPA. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction over the amount of pollution that can be dumped into waterways that are navigable year round, however this does not technically include waterways that feed into said navigable waters, such as lakes and streams. The EPA has proposed what it calls a clarifying ruling, and what opponents call an extension of its jurisdiction which would allow it to regulate pollution going into bodies of water feeding in to navigable waters. Support for clean water regulations is strong among small businesses, regardless of political affiliations. American business owners value the cleanliness of their water, as it has a major bearing on their ability to do business in their areas. While restaurants and food based businesses are among the most reliant on water cleanliness for their businesses, clean water can make a larger difference in the

The internet has limitless applications, allowing a single sentence to be read thousands of times by people across the entire world, under the correct circumstances. This effect means that small business owners should develop and adhere to some internet etiquette, and if they are letting their employees represent their brand through social media and posting in industry forums, they should also be appraised of your standards. A social media policy is currently a necessary part of a small business internet policy, but knowing how to set standards in the first place can take a little bit of thought independent from this larger task. Here are some suggestions for creating appropriate posting habits on the part of yourself and your employees. Double check your posts before you confirm them. It’s annoying, it’s another step, and it can wind up saving you a ton of headaches if you get into the habit of doing it. Had the social media employees at US Airways double checked their now infamous

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