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Environmental Inspection and Reporting Requirements

Be prepared for an inspection and know your reporting requirements to avoid costly penalties.

In today's business world, we all wear many hats and business owners, managers, engineering, and line personnel often become responsible for matters that they have little practical experience /training or do only occasionally. This includes organizing and participating in company mandated environmental inspections or audits as well as working effectively and proactively with federal, state, and local regulatory agency inspectors. Failure to do so can have significant career and legal ramifications. For example, in FY2014 U.S. EPA conducted over 15,600 facility inspections and evaluations resulting in nearly $100 million in federal administrative and civil judicial penalties. Many state environmental inspection and enforcement programs reported similar, proportional results. This topic helps the persons directly responsible for environmental compliance at a facility to understand the objectives of these inspections or audits and to successfully prepare, respond, and document findings and follow-up actions. The information will serve as a valuable tool for those who regularly advise these type of businesses in how to respond to an audit or inspection finding that is incorrect or not consistent with actual facility practices. It includes information on the steps to take before an audit or inspection, how to interact with the auditor or government agency inspector, what key areas the auditors or inspectors will focus on, and useful tips on how to challenge an audit or inspection finding.

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Agenda

Audits and Inspections

  • Definitions, Differences, and Similarities
  • Federal and State Enforcement Overview
  • Common Components of Federal and State Programs
  • Market-Based vs. Enforcement-Based Incentives

Pre-Inspection Activities

  • Review and Organizing Files and Permits
  • Resources for Keeping Informed
  • Strategic Goal Setting
  • Case Study No. 1: First Impressions Count (Air)

Managing the Inspection or Audit

  • Establishing the Agenda
  • Touring the Facility
  • Answering Questions
  • Dealing With the Unexpected
  • Case Study No. 2: What's That on the Ground? (Hazardous Waste)

Post Audit/Inspection Follow-up

  • Documenting the Results
  • Implementing Corrective Actions
  • Disputing the Findings
  • Case Study No. 3: I Thought We Had Fixed That (Waste Water)

Negotiating Penalties

  • Identifying Mitigating Factors
  • When to Request Outside Help/Support
  • Settlement Conferences and Administrative Hearings
  • Case Study No. 4: Regulators Gone Wild (Storm Water)
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This course was last revised on February 9, 2016.

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Robert Blauvelt

Robert Blauvelt

GEI Consultants, Inc.

  • Senior environmental consultant and manager of GEO Consultants northern New Jersey office
  • Assists clients in complex, multimedia compliance audits and regulatory inspections along with nationwide due diligence environmental assessments related to business mergers and acquisitions
  • Extensive experience in ground water remediation
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager
  • Adjunct professor at New York University and Rutgers University
  • Chair of the New Jersey’s Environmental Business Council’s Sustainability Committee
  • Master and bachelor degrees in geology
  • Can be contacted at 973-873-7127 or [email protected]
Gary A. Rozmus, P.E.

Gary A. Rozmus, P.E.

GEI Consultants, Inc.

  • Senior consultant at GEI Consultants, Inc.
  • Directing Brownfield redevelopment, freight and transit projects and real estate acquisition and development of environmental services including site assessment, remediation, facility decommissioning and closure, risk-based closure, environmental permitting and compliance, natural resources assessments, and environmental construction management
  • More than 40 years of experience in environmental consulting
  • Was the first president of the Board of Directors for the New York City Brownfield Partnership and still serves on the Board
  • New York City SPEED portal (Searchable Property Environmental E-Database) ACEC Diamond and National Recognition Awards
  • Member of the New York City Brownfield Partnership Board of Directors and first board president, American Railway Development Association Board of Directors, secretary-treasurer
  • Conference planning committees and presenter at numerous events including EPA Brownfield Conference and Railroad Environmental Conference
  • Bachelor and Master of engineering degrees, Manhattan College and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute of NY
  • Can be contacted at 631-479-3510 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 397050
Published 2016
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