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United States Environmental Protection Agency
Compliance Incentives & Auditing


EPA is committed to exploring new and creative ways of achieving environmental results. This topic includes information on innovative enforcement and compliance approaches.

Compliance Incentives -- policies and programs that eliminate, reduce or waive penalties under certain conditions for business, industry, and government facilities which voluntarily discover, promptly disclose, and expeditiously correct environmental problems. Information about these incentives, self-disclosure programs, related tools such as environmental audit protocols, Environmental Management Systems, Pollution Prevention, other innovation projects and programs and the environmental benefits achieved by such programs are located here.

Innovations -- new and creative ways of achieving environmental results and making them a routine part of our work.

Auditing -- discusses the Auditing Policy, which provides major incentives for regulated entities that voluntarily discover, promptly disclose, and expeditiously correct noncompliance, rendering formal EPA investigation and enforcement action unnecessary

Environmental Management Systems -- focuses on environmental management practices at Federal facilities.

Pollution Prevention -- focuses on stopping pollution and waste before it is created. EPA's pollution prevention (P2) program is designed to help get pollution prevention concepts and principles into the daily operations of government agencies, businesses, manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.

Small Business -- promotes environmental compliance among small businesses (those with 100 or fewer employees) by providing incentives to discover and correct environmental problems.

Small Community -- encourages states to respond to a small community's environmental violations with comprehensive compliance assistance.


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