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Dave Scriven-Young will be speaking at this live webinar coming Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm central time.
The EPA’s audit policy, “Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, and Prevention of Violations,” was developed back in 1995 to address the scope of “privilege” allowed for voluntary environmental audits and findings and offered incentives to perform audits where the findings were disclosed and promptly corrected. Benefits include reductions in civil penalties, possible elimination of gravity-based penalties, and possible avoidance of criminal prosecution.
In 2012, this program was targeted for abandonment, but following industry objections, the program survived. Since 2012, there has been an ongoing discussion as to how the EPA’s audit policy should be crafted in light of political activity, federal budgetary cutbacks, and the issuance and introduction of other programs such as the “National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance” the “Next Generation Enforcement Initiative,” TSCA reform, the dismantling of EPA’s electronic reporting program, and the reduction of EPA inspections.
Having a clear sense of how the EPA audit can benefit your organization, especially with the ongoing and likely continuing changes, is a challenging endeavor. Clearly understanding your organization’s options is critical to making the right choices and now is a good to time to consider exactly how you should proceed.
Join us on September 25 for this in-depth webinar. Our presenter, a seasoned environmental lawyer who has been actively involved with the EPA audit policy for many years, will discuss recent and proposed changes to the EPA audit policy, and give suggestions how best to take advantage of the policy to benefit your organization.
You and your colleagues will learn:
Recent changes to the EPA audit policy, and why it’s important for you to know about the changes likely to occur in the future
How the EPA audit policy process actually work and the benefits—and potential drawbacks—of participation
The departments within your organization that should be weighing in on the company’s decision to participate
Where the EPA audit policy fits in with relation to other programs, directives, and actions such as “National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance” the “Next Generation Enforcement Initiative”, TSCA reform, the dismantling of EPA’s electronic reporting program, and the reduction of EPA inspections
How to identify and evaluate outside resources to help your organization determine if participation in the EPA audit policy is right for you and how to best move forward.
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