Innovation Promoted by Regulatory Flexibility

Environmental Science & Technology (2015; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05394) / by Paige J. Novak

Humanity’s footprint, in terms of water use, water degradation, and resource consumption, is unsustainable.1 In addition to changing behavior with respect to resource use, technical innovation is needed to reduce this footprint, enabling low energy water treatment and effective resource recovery…


  • Regulations Should Include Both Penalties for Poor Performance and Rewards for Superior Performance.
  • Regulations Should Be Outcome-Based, Not Concentration-Based.
  • Finally, Prescriptive Codes and Standards Should Be Examined and Updated More Frequently to Adapt to and Allow Innovative Practices/Technologies.

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