Office of Strategic Environmental Management
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Below is a listing of EPA's innovative national programs related to compliance assistance.
Assistance Centers - Providing information on compliance issues,
EPA has partnered with industry, academic institutions, environmental
groups and other federal and state agencies to establish "virtual"
(telecommunications-based) national compliance assistance centers for
nine specific industry sectors. These sectors are heavily populated
with small businesses and entities that face substantial federal regulation.
- Compliance Assistance
Clearinghouse - Helps the regulated community understand and meet
their environmental obligations by providing Statute-specific, sector-oriented,
and government sector assistance. Specifically, this website provides
quick access to compliance assistance tools, contacts, and information
about planned activities from US EPA, its partners and other compliance
- Compliance Assurance
Program - Streamlined Emission Compliance Regulations ("CAP
2000") reduces burden on auto manufacturers to certify that their
new vehicles comply with emissions standards.
Incentives for Small Business - This Policy is intended to promote
environmental compliance among small businesses by providing incentives
for voluntary discovery, prompt disclosure, and prompt correction of
Incentives for Small Communities - The Small Communities Policy
offers states and small communities opportunities to use compliance
assistance and priority setting to address community environmental violations.
for Auditing, Disclosure and Correction - To enhance protection
of human health and the environment by encouraging regulated entities
to voluntarily discover, promptly disclose and expeditiously correct
violations of Federal environmental requirements.
- Sector Facility Indexing Project - Brings together environmental and other information from a number of data systems to produce facility-level profiles for five industry sectors (petroleum refining, iron and steel production, primary nonferrous metal refining and smelting, pulp manufacturing, and automobile assembly).
- Sector Notebooks - Comprehensive guides to environmental issues related to specific industries.
- Small Business Ombudsman - External
gateway for small businesses to contact EPA and an internal advocate
for small business interests within the Agency.