The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released five additional self-audit protocols for conducting environmental compliance audits. The audits fall under the following regulations: Safe Drinking Water Act, PCB/lead paint/asbestos; the Toxic Substances Control Act, used oil and universal waste; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, storage tanks and Subtitle D facilities.
EPA said it is continuing to encourage the development of self-assessment programs to help facilities meet their obligation to comply with environmental laws.
In 1998, EPA''s Office of Compliance began developing manuals that would outline voluntary environmental compliance programs to encourage businesses and organizations to perform audits and disclose violations in accordance to EPA''s Audit and Small Business Policies.
For greater flexibility, users can custom-tailor the protocols to more specific environmental aspects associated with their facility.
EPA has issued four self-audit protocols and plans to issue four more by December 2000.
This brings a total of nine protocols and copies that can be obtained at www.epa.gov/oeca/ccsmd/profile.html.
by Virginia Sutcliffe