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U.S. EPA TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON SELF-AUDITING BY COMPANIES

Release Date: 1/17/1995
Contact Information: Lois A. Grunwald, (415) 744-1588

(San Francisco)-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will hold a public meeting on Friday, January 20, in San Francisco to solicit comments on additional ways to encourage companies to examine their operations for environmental problems, disclose them to the U.S. EPA, and correct the violations.

The meeting will be held at U.S. EPA Region 9; 75 Hawthorne St.; California Room, First Floor, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Those who want to comment at the "open mike" session, should contact Brian Riedel at (202) 564-5006 or Geoff Garver at (202) 564-5017.

The U.S. EPA is reexamining its policy on self-auditing of facilities. The U.S. EPA encourages companies to do self-audits and to disclose the information to the Agency with the incentive that by doing so, they could possibly avoid future enforcement actions. However, the U.S. EPA has found that companies may be reluctant to disclose violations because they are concerned they'll be held liable for the violations. Consequently, the U.S. EPA is seeking comments on possible incentives to encourage self- audits and reporting.

Comments transcribed from the session, will be available from the auditing docket. Docket information requests can be made by calling the Air Docket in Washington, DC. at (202) 260-7548 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The fax number is (202) 260-1400. Please reference docket number C-94-01 when making requests. Persons should request an index of documents before asking for specific documents.

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