Governing Law and Regulations
Policy Encouraging Self-Policing and Voluntary Correction (Audit Policy)
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Tennessee has no specific law or regulations requiring voluntary environmental audits. However, TDEC has issued a policy that encourages self-policing and voluntary corrections. This policy sets forth factors for consideration that will guide TDEC in the exercise of its prosecutorial discretion, including the waiver of civil penalties and recommendation for the waiver of criminal penalties under certain conditions. It is not the final TDEC action and is intended as guidance only.
TDEC encourages the use of environmental management system (EMS) procedures as set forth in the International Organization of Standards (ISO) 14000 series and modified by ISO 19011. See the national section ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS for more information on EMSs and the ISO series standards.
• Administration and enforcement. TDEC administers and enforces the Audit Policy. The written notifications required under the Audit Policy should be sent to the division of TDEC with jurisdiction over the violation.
"Environmental audit" means a systematic, documented, periodic, and objective review by regulated entities of facility operations and practices related to meeting environmental requirements. TDEC considers the guidelines in ISO 19011 a valid alternative to a voluntary environmental audit.
"Environmental audit report" means the analysis, ...