Regulatory Compliance Reviews
The sharp increase in environmental regulations in recent years has led to rising compliance concerns among regulated entities. Environmental regulations have increased in number and in scope of coverage at all levels of government, most notably at the federal and state levels. This has made achieving and managing environmental compliance issues more difficult. Yet compliance must be taken very seriously; civil penalties for violations of environmental statues can be up to $50,000 per day. In an increasing number of cases, violators — even those who intended to do no harm — are receiving harsh jail sentences. Regulatory compliance reviews may need to be conducted when:
- Facility managers are not familiar with environmental regulations and issues that may exist.
- Regulators rarely allow management personnel to plead ignorance of environmental regulations.
- Issues exist that may require capital funding for future corrective measures.
- Capital improvement occurs, a process changes, or maintenance activities are undertaken in an operations facility, regulatory obligations may be triggered.
- facility expansion;
- equipment addition or removal;
- sanitation practices; and
- production changes.