Governing Law and Regulations
Incentives for Self-Evaluation by the Regulated Community, DEP Program Directive 922
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida has no specific law or regulations concerning environmental audits. However, DEP encourages the use of audits through its "Incentives for Self-Evaluation by the Regulated Community" policy. The policy offers penalty waivers for certain violations that are discovered through a voluntary environmental audit or similar process.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP administers its own environmental audit policy concerning compliance with state rules. EPA administers federal audit policies concerning compliance with federal rules.
INCENTIVES FOR SELF-EVALUATION BY THE REGULATED COMMUNITY
Florida's self-evaluation incentive policy, which became effective on April 1, 1996, is designed to enhance protection of human health and the environment by encouraging regulated entities to voluntarily discover, disclose, correct, and prevent violations of the state's environmental requirements.
The self-evaluation policy applies to violations under all of the Florida environmental statutes that DEP administers and supersedes any inconsistent provisions in penalty or enforcement policies.
The policy sets forth factors for consideration that will guide DEP in the exercise of its prosecutorial discretion. The policy is not a statute or regulation or final agency action and is intended only ...