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Self-Disclosures, Environmental Audit Policies and Laws

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Region 5 Office of Regional Counsel (ORC)

EPA's Audit Policy provides incentives for regulated entities to come into compliance with federal environmental laws and regulations. To take advantage of these incentives, regulated entities must voluntarily discover, promptly disclose to EPA, expeditiously correct, and prevent recurrence of future environmental violations. Disclosures are often preceded by consultation between EPA and the regulated entity, so that they can discuss mutually acceptable disclosure details, compliance, and audit schedules. Like EPA's Audit Policy, state self-disclosure policies as well as state environmental audit privilege and immunity laws serve as compliance incentives for businesses to perform environmental audits and promptly report and correct environmental violations.

Make a Self-Disclosure

Send voluntary self-disclosures for violations which have occurred in U.S. EPA Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) to:

Jodi Wilson (wilson.jodi@epa.gov)
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 (E-19J)
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
312-886-0879
Fax: 312-692-2023

Before self-disclosing, you may wish to consult EPA's audit policy which deals with self-disclosures and incentives for compliance. Depending on where you live, there may be a state self-disclosure policy applicable to you.

For violations which have occurred outside of Region 5, consult EPA's self-disclosure and regional contacts page to learn who to contact.

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EPA Policies and Guidance Documents

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State Audit Privilege and Immunity Laws & Self-Disclosure Laws and Policies

Find details about the current status of state environmental audit privilege and immunity laws, self-disclosure policies, and audit rules.

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Region 5 Audit Policy cases

Cases which have been settled successfully under U.S. EPA's self-disclosure policy here in Region 5.

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Documents, Articles, and Further Reference

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