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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGERS ASSESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: TOO MANY RULES, INADEQUATE ENFORCEMENT

 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGERS ASSESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
 TOO MANY RULES, INADEQUATE ENFORCEMENT
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a majority of front-line environmental managers, the federal government issues excessive environmental regulations, fails to enforce environmental laws adequately and does not spend enough money on pollution prevention and clean-up.
 These conclusions were drawn by 127 members of the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), in a survey conducted jointly by NAEM and The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA). Survey respondents represented manufacturing companies, non- manufacturing businesses such as retail chains and insurance companies, non-business organizations such as educational institutions, and environmental consulting firms.
 Fifty-one percent of the respondents rated environmental laws and regulations issues by the government as "excessive." In written comments, respondents expressed concern that laws and regulations are vague and difficult to interpret (16 respondents); conflicting and duplicative of other laws and regulations, including those issued by state and local governments (15 respondents); and prohibitively detailed and complex (11 respondents).
 Forty-nine percent of respondents said the government's enforcement of its environmental mandates is "inadequate," with many citing inconsistent and inequitable policing. "We comply and then see so many other (companies) that do not and never get penalized," said one respondent.
 Half of the respondents rated the government's spending on pollution prevention and clean-up as "inadequate." While many commented that more federal dollars should be earmarked for the environment, 27 professionals thought that the money currently spent is ineffectively used on the wrong problems or on too many "studies of studies."
 Forty-nine percent of respondents said current environmental laws and regulations have had a "major" impact on their organization's ability to do business. Respondents also believe that the federal government only "sometimes" addresses the most critical concerns in its devotion of effort and resources to environmental issues. Thirty-two respondents commented that the government is unduly influenced by political pressure from special interest groups, environmentalists, the public and the media when deciding which issues to target.
 Complete survey results appear in the Feb. 4 issue of BNA's "Daily Environment Report," a specialized information service providing comprehensive coverage and analysis of environmental news, legislative and regulatory action and legal decisions in the United States and worldwide.
 BNA is a leading private publisher of print and electronic news and information services, reporting on developments in environmental protection, business, economics, law, taxation, labor relations and other public policy issues.
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