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Total Environmental Compliance

A Practical Guide for Environmental Professionals, 1st Edition

By Bert P. Krages II

CRC Press

197 pages

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Total Environmental Compliance: A Practical Guide for Environmental Professionals gives you the background and skills you need to ensure total environmental compliance in your organization. Instead of dryly describing theoretical management systems or reciting regulatory provisions, the author delves into the challenging issues of why organizations disregard this important issue and explains how to promote compliance-oriented attitudes throughout the entire organization.

The Guide focuses on critical elements such as communication skills, hiring and retaining qualified employees, managing environmental information, and maintaining high standards of professionalism. Other topics covered include: how to understand environmental requirements, why organizations violate environmental laws, and the aspects of permitting, designing, and monitoring that must be considered to achieve and sustain compliance. Case studies illustrate actual instances of individuals and organizations who ran afoul of environmental laws because they disregarded the basic principles of environmental compliance.

Total Environmental Compliance: A Practical Guide for Environmental Professionals explores how noncompliance occurs and how to avoid it using techniques that address legal requirements. It shows you how to protect your organization from the expensive and time consuming litigation that occurs when environmental laws are ignored or interpreted incorrectly.

Table of Contents

COMPLIANCE, NONCOMPLIANCE, AND THE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS

The Benefits of Environmental Compliance

The Risks Associated With Noncompliance

How Environmental Laws Are Enforced

Violations and Enforcement Decisions

How Environmental Lawsuits Are Resolved

How Settlement Considerations Affect Outcomes

LEGAL LIABILITY AND ATTITUDES TOWARD COMPLIANCE

Legal Liability

Attitudes and the Road to Noncompliance

THE COMPLIANCE ORIENTED ATTITUDE

What Environmental Compliance Means

Assuming Responsibility for Environmental Compliance

FOUNDATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE

The Element of Leadership

Establishing Environmental Competence

Setting Up an Environmental Compliance Program

Considerations in Adopting Environmental Management Systems

ASCERTAINING ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Basic Considerations

The Difference Between Legal Requirements and Enforcement Discretion

The Public Welfare Doctrine and How Courts View Environmental Laws

Dealing With Regulatory Uncertainty

COMMUNICATING COMPLIANCE INFORMATION

Communicating Within an Organization

Communicating With Government Agencies

Managing Environmental Documents

DESIGNING FACILITIES AND PROCESSES TO ENHANCE COMPLIANCE

Working With Design Teams to Encompass Compliance Issues

Designing Systems to Comply Under All Conditions

Designing Systems to Avoid Compliance Issues

PROMOTING COMPLIANCE THROUGH CAREFUL PERMITTING

Overview of the Permitting Process

Basic Objectives in Obtaining Environmental Permits

Completing Permit Applications

Commenting on Draft Permits

Appealing Permits: Some Pragmatic Considerations

Implementing the Final Permit

Permit Modifications

MEASUREMENTS, MONITORING, AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR COMPLIANCE

Sampling Issues

Analytical Issues

Estimating and Reporting Environmental Quantities

Surrogate Parameters

COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE

Technical Consultants

Environmental Service Providers

Attorneys

WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

Corrective Action

Continuous Improvement

Reporting Compliance Problems

Resolving Compliance Problems

Rebuilding After Enforcement

REFERENCES

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW034000
LAW / Environmental
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General