Starting a new business often involves a combination of seeking capital or funding and research into whether your business idea could actually wind up profitable once you establish the company. Businesses starting up in California have to consider some of the strictest environmental laws in the United States.

In addition to addressing issues such as water pollution and runoff, your business will also have to explore potential contributions to air pollution and determine the most economically feasible ways of mitigating that pollution. You may need to seek environmental permits or protect your business from claims that you have impacted local air quality, which could result in financial obligations to mitigate that air pollution.

 If you don’t plan for air pollution, you may have to pay for clean up

Claiming that you didn’t realize that your business would have environmental impacts will not protect you from the financial or legal responsibility for the environmental damage your company causes.

The cost of ameliorating environmental damage after the fact can drastically exceed straightforward and common sense approaches to minimizing air pollution at the source. You could also wind up assessed fees and penalties for failing to identify sources of pollution and seeking the proper permits.

Air filtration, changes in chemical processes and many other adjustments to your business model can help you reduce the air pollution your company produces, but it will likely also have an impact on your operating costs. Exploring these expenses before you go into businesses likely the only way to really know if your company can turn a profit on your idea or not.