Environmental Compliance Audits

Be personnel are Environmental Compliance Auditing experts. Our personnel have performed Compliance Audits as both the regulator and for the regulated since 1986. Audits are a valuable risk-management tool for identifying and responding to areas of potential liability with respect to applicable environmental regulations, notification, emergency planning requirements and occupational safety and health standards. Auditing is an important tool in the development of am Environmental Management Systems (EMS), focusing on a review and evaluation of a company's environmental practices. EPA has an incentive program to waive or reduce penalties for self reporting for companies that discover, disclose and correct environmental problems. This policy also applies to new owners of facilities allowing for self auditing and reporting. Audits may be also be used as injunctive relief in enforcement settlements.

As a former compliance officer with the State of North Carolina's Hazardous Waste Management Branch, I conducted site inspections/audits and authored administrative compliance orders (with and without penalties) for the Branch. Audits are also an important tool for your waste minimization efforts. I can help you move toward a more sustainable and green process, contact me with you specific questions, I'll be glad to help.

First, a Pre-Audit questionnaire to be distributed to individual sites to characterize the site with regard to:

The size of site and operation;
Type and configuration of the site and operation (i.e. individual/multiple unit, simple cycle, combined cycle, co-generation, utility);
The fuel type used and fuel source;
The local/jurisdiction (state, local, Tribal)
The affiliation of the subject operation to other activities located on site; and
Existing permits, waste streams, and hazardous materials used on site.

The pre-audit information is essential as a review applicability of requirements for existing operations/activities at subject site and also to prepare an audit protocol and checklist to address specific site activities. A detailed understanding of the regulations and associated requirements that would be reviewed during the audit process is essential to determine applicability to the subject facility.

The audit protocol may include the following topics:

• Air Pollution Control
Storm Water Management
Solid Waste Management
Hazardous Waste Management/RCRA Compliance
Spill Control and Response
Hazardous Waste Management
Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know
Storage Tank Management
Drinking Water Management
PCB, Lead and Asbestos Management (TSCA)
Pesticides Management (FIFRA)

Considering the pre-audit information, a schedule for facility site visit and initial review will be prepared and an inspection date will be scheduled. Site inspections are then conducted according to the approved schedule.


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