Governing Law and Regulations
Environmental audit privilege: Arizona Revised Statutes (AZ Rev. Stat.) 49-1401 to 49-1408
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. No federal or state laws or regulations require environmental auditing. However, voluntary environmental audits are encouraged as evidenced by the Arizona statutes establishing privilege for information and documents generated as part of an environmental audit.
In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed several environmental audit privilege and penalty waiver/reduction policies. See the national section AUDITS for more information.
• Administration and Enforcement. The ADEQ administers Arizona's audit privilege provisions.
AZ Rev. Stat. 49-1401 to 49-1408
Environmental audits enable businesses and organizations to systematically uncover wasteful and inefficient activities and identify instances where the facility or process may not be in complete compliance with environmental regulations, thereby allowing corrective measures to be implemented. Arizona statutes allow for the information uncovered during an environmental audit to remain privileged, in most instances.
Once initiated, an audit shall be completed within a reasonable time not to exceed 6 months unless an extension is based on reasonable grounds.
An audit report includes each document that is created for an environmental audit to evaluate compliance with environmental laws. Such documents may include:
- A report prepared by an ...