Environmental Enlightenment #159
By Ami Adini -
Reissued August 8, 2014

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated terminology they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on terms they may have heard but never knew the meaning of.

Performance-Based Standards

A performance-based regulatory standard is a rule, regulation, or standard that specifies the desired outcome but gives discretion in how that outcome is met.

For example, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires that vegetation adjacent to railroad track be controlled so that it does not become a fire hazard or obstruct visibility.

FRA specifies an outcome (not being a fire hazard or an obstruction to visibility) but not how far from the track vegetation must be removed or the methods firms need to use to control it.

Performance-based standards give discretion to regulated actors or firms. Regulated targets may meet these standards in whatever way they choose. Such an approach allows firms to innovate and search for the least costly means of achieving the desired outcome.

You can find past issues of "Environmental Enlightenment" at www.amiadini.com Wealth of information about environmental site assessments in the real estate transactions and issues concerning assessment and cleanup of contamination in the subsurface soil and groundwater.

Call me if you have any questions. There are no obligations.

Ami Adini
Ami Adini & Associates, Inc.
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Ami Adini is a mechanical engineer, California Registered Environmental Assessor, Level II (Exp.), and president of AMI ADINI & ASSOCIATES, INC. (AA&A), an environmental consulting firm specializing in all phases of environmental site assessments and rehabilitation of contaminated sites. AA&A specializes in practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.