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Massachusetts Audits: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Policy on Incentives for Self-Policing: Environmental Audit Policy (POLICY ENF-07.002)

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Interim Policy on Compliance Incentives for Small Business (POLICY ENF-97.002)

Policy on Compliance Incentives for Municipalities (POLICY ENF-97.003)

Guidance on Incorporating Environmental Management Systems (EMS) into Enforcement Negotiations and Settlements

Enforcement Response Guidance (POLICY ENF-97.001)

Regulatory Agency

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Massachusetts DEP has adopted several policies that encourage auditing by offering penalty mitigation for certain violations that are discovered as a result of an audit. The Massachusetts Environmental Audit Policy is a general audit policy that is applicable to all regulated entities except for municipalities. The Small Business Policy supplements the Environmental Audit Policy and should be read in conjunction with it. The Municipal Policy applies to all municipal entities in Massachusetts. The Enforcement Response Guidance is a set of guiding principles, policies, and procedures for DEP to use in exercising its enforcement authority. It supplements the environmental, small business, and municipal policies.

These policies are intended solely as guidance for DEP employees in the exercise of enforcement authority and do not create rights, duties, obligations, or defenses enforceable by any person in litigation with DEP. None of the policies apply to violations of consent orders or other settlement agreement requirements. These voluntary audit policies do not apply ...


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