understudy...bet you thought i'd disagree with you
truth is, i don't. loooong ago, i used to live close to where you are doing business now. factories belched coal smoke into the air, and the Ohio river was so polluted it was like jello in places.
it would be nice if people and businesses did the right thing just because it is the right thing, but that is not the nature of man.
tax credits for those who come up with innovative ways to clean up their act, and credits for those who make improvements in old, expensive to retrofit, businesses are a great way to go. not only will that give business incentive to clean up, but it gives them incentive to stay state side. if they face big fines or big renovations, but can go 3rd world and not have those restrictions, it makes good business sense to go elsewhere.
I'd also like to see businesses protected from some of the legal stuff that comes at them because of things done 100 years ago. if a company acts in good faith and within the bounds of existing knowledge/science, i don't think it's fair for people or their relatives to be able to come back and sue years later for land or health damages. i think some serious tort reform is called for across the board.