Iowa Audits regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Iowa Audits: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Environmental Audit Privilege and Immunity Act: Code of Iowa (IA Code) 455K.1 to 455K.13

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Environmental self-audit: Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 567-12.1(455K) to IAC 567-12.4(455K)

Audit privilege:

Definitions: IA Code 455K.2 and IAC 567-12.1(455K)

Privilege: IA Code 455K.3 to IA Code 455K.7

Immunity: IA Code 455K.8

Notice of audit: IAC 567-12.2(455K) and IAC 567-12.3(455K)

Voluntary disclosure: IAC 567-12.4(455K)

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Summary: IA Code 455K.11

Regulatory Agency

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Services Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Iowa's audit law is substantially similar to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) audit policies, with a few notable exceptions. Iowa law establishes limited environmental violation disclosure privilege and penalty immunity for individuals who notify DNR that a scheduled voluntary environmental audit will commence and be completed within 6 months of notification. Notification is not required, but strongly encouraged. Federal audit policy does not require or specifically encourage individuals or companies to notify EPA that an audit has commenced but must notify EPA within 21 days upon discovery of a violation uncovered during an audit. EPA audit policy does not specify a time limit for completion of voluntary environmental audits.

Under Iowa's audit law, privilege does not apply to criminal investigations or proceedings; materials required to be collected, retained, or reported by law; or information obtained from a source not involved in the ...


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