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EPA Launches New Environmental Audit Policy eDisclosure Portal with Important Implications for Environmental Self Audits

January 10, 2016

On December 9, 2015, EPA announced important changes to its environmental audit policy and voluntary disclosure program with the launch of its new eDisclosure portal (eDisclosure Notice) intended to streamline the disclosure process. Voluntary disclosure of potential or confirmed violations of federal environmental laws discovered through a qualifying audit must now be made electronically through the eDisclosure portal. Disclosures made pursuant to the New Owner Policy, however, must be submitted in hardcopy and confidential business information must be submitted in hardcopy to receive protection from public disclosure.