Why Are Emissions Standards Important?Posted on: May 15, 2019, by : Anindita Ghosh
When you take your car in to get inspected, you probably have to pay for an emissions test, particularly if you live in a densely populated area. This test ensures that your vehicle is not releasing more noxious fumes into the air than the law allows, contributing to more than its fair share of air pollution. Industries have regulations with which they must comply, too, to ensure that emissions standards are being met. There are several reasons why these standards are important.
Air Quality Concerns
One concern that emission monitoring systems are designed to address is air quality. To protect the environment, the EPA places a limit on the emissions that products, corporations and individuals are allowed to release into the air. By regulating everyone, air pollution can be somewhat controlled.
Air pollution has been linked to multiple health problems. Over time, it seems to contribute to an increase in both respiratory and cardiovascular disease. On days when pollution is the worst, it can exacerbate issues such as asthma. Good public health depends on controlling the amount of toxins released into the air.
Because the effects of air pollution can be so negative, failure to comply with regulations often come with strict consequences. When corporations emit more of a particular gas than they are allowed, they may be subject to fines or legal action. If you drive a car that has not passed its inspection, you, too, can be fined if you drive it. Furthermore, excess emissions may be a sign that equipment isn’t working efficiently, which may be costing more in the fuel needed to run it.
Emissions standards are in place to protect both the environment and the humans who inhabit it from harm. When everyone works together to comply with regulations, the environment can be safer for all.