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Re: Environmental Secrecy Fight Heats Up


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From: GFrantz_EOEA@state.ma.us
Date: Wed Feb 12 1997 - 17:52:39 CST


Re: Audit protection policies... it's interesting to see both sides on this
issue. Industry has worked hard to convince legislators that information
which they discover about their own operations as the result of audit
activities should not be used against them by regulatory agencies. Without
this protection, many businesses felt that doing environmental audits was a
bad idea, since the findings could be used against you in court.

If a survey was taken of consulting firms (who do most of the sudits) in the
states where audit privelege exists and those states where it doesn't, it
would be interesting to see if there is a difference in the number of audits
performed. Also, EPA is trying to defuse the argument by allowing companies
that work with technical assistance providers (or who self-report audit
findings) a grace period to come into compliance. In many cases, there is no
penalty, in other cases, there is penalty mitigation.

George Frantz MA/OTA


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