1 Step Forward, 1 Step Back In Enviro Self-Audit Policy

Law360, New York (May 24, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT) -- New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation recently proposed an environmental “audit incentive” policy, which is similar to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s long-standing self-audit policy. In its draft policy, the DEC encourages participation by waiving or reducing penalties for environmental violations that regulated entities discover through an environmental audit and expeditiously report and correct.

Ironically, as New York moves forward with a policy designed to enhance compliance in a world where government resources are constrained, the EPA has signaled that it is seeking to reduce...
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