California Audits regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Audits: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

California Environmental Quality Assessment Act: California Health & Safety Code (CH & SC), Sections 25570 to 25570.4

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Audits: CH & SC 25570.2(f)

Registered environmental assessors: 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 19030 to 19044, and 22 CCR 69200 to 69214

Regulatory Agency

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Office of the Secretary

Cal/EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

Cal/EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. California has established a policy encouraging the voluntary disclosure of regulatory violations by offering incentives for self-reporting that include the potential for waiving or reducing a portion of the penalty.

California has also established requirements for the registration of environmental assessors to assist small- and medium-size businesses with site evaluations to determine if there is any contamination caused by the release of hazardous substances or wastes and what actions are necessary to remediate the contamination.

Administration and enforcement. Cal/EPA's Office of the Secretary oversees California's voluntary disclosure audit policy. DTSC's OEHHA is responsible for the environmental assessor registration process.

State Requirements

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT (AUDIT)

Compliance Assistance

Cal/EPA has developed criteria for registering environmental assessors and publishing a list of these assessors. The intent of the program is to assist small- and medium-size businesses with environmental and safety compliance ...


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