Presentation on theme: "David Abbott EPA Region 4 Atlanta, Georgia"— Presentation transcript:
1 David Abbott EPA Region 4 Atlanta, Georgia EPA Audit PolicyDavid AbbottEPA Region 4Atlanta, Georgia
2 PurposeTo encourage regulated entities to voluntarily discover, disclose correct and prevent violations of federal environmental requirements.
3 General InformationIncentives for Self Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations65 FR 19,617 (April 11, 2000) – PromulgatedEffective May 11, 2000auditing/auditpolicy.html
4 Incentives under Policy Penalty mitigationNo recommendation for criminal prosecutionNo routine requests for audit reports
5 Conditions of the Audit Policy Entities that satisfy all the following conditions are eligible for 100% penalty mitigation.Entities that satisfy all but the first condition -- systematic discovery -- are eligible for 75% penalty mitigation
6 Conditions of Policy cont. 1. Systematic discovery of the violation through an environmental audit or a compliance management system2. Voluntary discovery, that is, not through a legally required monitoring, sampling or auditing procedure.
7 Conditions of Policy cont. 3. Prompt disclosure in writing to EPA within 21 days of discovery or any shorter time required by law. Discovery occurs when any officer, director, employee or agent of the facility has an objectively reasonable basis for believing that a violation has or may have occurred.
8 Conditions of Policy cont. 4. Independent discovery and disclosure, before EPA likely would have identified the violation through its own investigation or based on information from a third party.5. Correction and remediation within 60 days, in most cases, from date of discovery.
9 Conditions of Policy cont. 6. Prevent recurrence of violation.7. Repeat violations are not eligible, that is violations that occurred within the past 3 years at the same facility or as part of a pattern of violations within the past 5 years at facilities owned or operated by the same company.
10 Conditions of Policy cont. 8. Certain violations are not eligible -- those that result in serious actual harm, that may have presented an imminent and substantial endangerment, or that violate specific terms of an administrative or judicial order or consent agreement.9. Cooperation by the disclosing entity is required.
11 Corporate Audit Agreements Allows entity such as university to plan facility-wide audit with advance understanding with EPA regarding schedules and disclosuresKey benefit is extended schedule for disclosures beyond 21-day requirement for routine disclosures
12 Audit ProtocolsDeveloped by EPA to assist entities in developing compliance auditsProvide detailed regulatory checklists in easy to understand question formatProtocols cover: CERCLA, CWA, EPCRA, FIFRA, RCRA, TSCA, SDWA
13 To make a disclosure under Policy Contact EPA Region where entity or facility is locatedWhere multiple Regions are involved, contact EPA HQFor criminal violations, contact Regional criminal investigation division, EPA HQ or US Department of Justice
14 For more information contact Anne Heard, RegionLeslie Jones, EPA HQJames “J.T.” Morgan, EPA HQ, Criminal Investigations Division
15 Region 4 Process for Audit Disclosures Letter acknowledging receipt of disclosure within 30 days of submitting disclosure.EPA review:Determine if disclosure meets nine criteria of Policy.Request additional information, if needed.Determine whether penalty mitigation is appropriate.
16 Region 4 Contact for Audit Policy Disclosures V. Anne Heard, ChiefOffice of RCRA, OPA, UST& Federal Facilities Legal SupportOffice of Environmental AccountabilityEPA Region 461 Forsyth StreetAtlanta, Georgia