Blog  /  April 2016  /  Regulation + Innovation = Opportunity for Business Growth

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New regulations can result in trepidation or even outright hostility from the companies and industries most directly affected by them. Sometimes mandates are unfunded, and changes needed for compliance can impact the bottom line. Against this backdrop, however, regulatory changes can mean relevance to new customers for some solutions providers and an opportunity to innovate for others. Alleviating the pain of organizations facing new regulatory standards is a way to be a hero.

Power-generating utilities that utilize coal-fired power plants are facing new regulations. Late last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a new rule governing wastewater discharge from such plants. New Effluent Limitation Guidelines are now in effect, and plant operators are looking at the need to reduce discharge of common operational byproducts such as mercury, arsenic, selenium and sulfate to very low levels. By 2023, all plants must be in compliance, and some must be compliant much sooner.

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