Tag: Audit Policy

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A Look at EPA’s Audit Policy and Voluntary Self-Disclosure

On February 5, 2021, the EPA posted updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for its Audit Policy, formally titled “Incentives for Self- Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations.” This policy provides incentives, such as penalty waivers, for regulated entities to prevent, discover, disclose, and correct environmental violations on a voluntary basis.

A Look at the EPA’s Audit Policy and Self-Disclosure

On March 26, 2020, the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA) issued a temporary enforcement discretionary policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally, the policy states that “regulated entities should make every effort to comply with their environmental compliance obligations,” but the EPA does not expect to seek penalties for violations of routine compliance […]

EPA’s Audit Policy—Nine Things to Remember

EPA’s Audit Policy—Nine Things to Remember The EPA promulgated the first Audit Policy in 1995 and revised it in 2000, expanding availability, clarifying language, and conforming to Agency practices. Today, it remains a valuable option for regulated facilities to take advantage of benefits such as elimination or reductions in civil “gravity-based” penalties, no recommendations for […]