Governing Law and Regulations
Connecticut Policy on Incentives for Self-Policing
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
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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, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has established a policy on self-policing, based almost entirely on the federal policy, for the waiver of administrative and civil penalties when certain conditions are met. In addition, the policy also states that DEEP will not make recommendations for civil action or criminal prosecutions for entities that meet the policy's guidelines. Although this policy provides for the same relief as an audit statute or regulation, it does not have the same binding effect.
See the national section AUDITS for information on the federal policy on self-policing, audit procedures, and attorney-client privilege.
• Administration and enforcement. DEEP administers and enforces the state's Policy on Incentives for Self-Policing. The state policy is discretionary, meaning its applicability to specific cases rests with the discretion of DEEP. The policy does not constitute a rulemaking, and its contents do not create a substantive or procedural right or benefit.
INCENTIVES FOR SELF-POLICING
Connecticut's self-evaluation incentive policy is designed to effect greater compliance with the laws and regulations that protect human health and the environment by encouraging voluntary discovery, disclosure, correction, and prevention of violations. The ...