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A sector is a distinct part of the economy that shares:
Similar operations, processes, or practices,
Similar environmental problems and impacts,
Similar compliance issues, and either distributes goods or
EPA often provides compliance assistance on a sector-by-sector
basis in order to efficiently reach facilities with similar operations,
processes, or practices. To reach members of a sector, EPA works
with sector leaders and organizations, and uses communication
channels shared within each sector. Sectors can be broadly defined
construction, manufacturing, agriculture, or government
or more narrowly defined residential construction,
automobile assembly, poultry production or drinking water supply.
Historically EPA has used the Standard Industrial Codes (SIC)
to categorize and maintain data on sectors. These codes are useful
when searching EPA data systems. EPA is now in the process of
converting to the more recent North American Industry Classification
Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse links to public
and private compliance assistance materials. Users may
post documents and interact with assistance providers,
both within and outside of EPA. The Clearinghouse allows
users to search for relevant material on new and existing
regulations, pollution prevention opportunities, and voluntary
programs that were created by other parts of EPA, other
Federal Agencies,Tribes, States and Local Agencies, Industry,
and other organizations.
Materials by Statute allows
you to search for information according to environmental
law (e.g. Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act) or on a media
basis (air, land, surface water, groundwater) rather than
by sector. Keep in mind that regulations, that apply to
many sectors are listed according to environmental law
and are not listed according to sector.