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MultiMedia Inspections

An on site inspection is the primary method used by EPA and the States to determine if a facility is in compliance with environmental laws and regulations. EPA Regional Federal Facility Coordinator, media program staff and the States work together to plan and conduct inspections. There are four types of environmental compliance inspections conducted at Federal Facilities:

  1. single media
  2. single media with check lists for other programs
  3. inspections covering several media
  4. comprehensive multimedia inspections.

Further information on these four types of inspections can be found in the NEIC (National Enforcement Investigations Center) multimedia investigations manual, EPA-330/9-89-003-R(March 1992). pdf format

The selection of a Federal Facility for a multi-media inspection is based on several criteria. National environmental initiatives, regional strategic initiatives, geographic priorities and the compliance history of the facility are all factors that contribute to the targeting and selection of a facility for a multi-media inspection. Examples of Region III program inspection checklists are listed below and can be accessed by opening the links provided.

These checklist examples may change from time to time and are offered here as samples to guide regulated agencies in the inspection process and, assist in the self-monitoring process found in Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download, to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more about PDF, and for a link to the free Acrobat Reader.

EPA has authority to assess fines and penalties against Federal Facilities under environmental statutes including but not limited to: the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). For a detailed discussion on EPA enforcement authorities and EPA’s enforcement process at Federal Facilities please refer to the Yellow book at the web address provided above

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