Compliance Assistance and Regional Initiatives
Region 4 believes that with awareness, education and reasonable options, both public and private members of the regulated community will choose to be proactive in voluntary efforts to comply with pollution control regulations. There are many environmental requirements that a facility might face through its lifetime.
This webpage is designed to provide a portal to tools which are designed to increase a facility’s understanding of federal environmental regulations.
The four primary tools that EPA uses to assure compliance with environmental laws include:
- Compliance Assistance to increase the understanding of the regulated community to the requirements found in environmental statutes;
- Compliance Incentives (e.g., the Audit Policy), which are used to encourage or motivate regulated entities to voluntarily come into compliance with environmental statutes;
- Compliance Monitoring (e.g., an inspection) to ensure that the laws are obeyed and to identify violations; and
- Enforcement, either civil or criminal, which is used to correct violations.
Regional initiatives based on Compliance Assistance and Compliance Incentives are introduced below.
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National Compliance Assistance
Resources and assistance are available from many additional sources. Use the links below to learn more.
National Compliance Assistance
Industry and government sectors, statute-specific assistance, financing for environmental compliance, the compliance assistance centers, and more...
Regional Compliance Assistance and Incentive Initiatives
In 2002, Region 4 began its College and University Compliance Assistance Initiative to assist colleges and universities in complying with environmental laws and regulations. During this initiative, Region 4 in partnership with state environmental agencies conducted 7 compliance assistance workshops for colleges and universities. The workshops were held throughout the southeast and provided an opportunity for all colleges and universities to participate and gain valuable information on the Agency’s environmental expectations of their facilities.
Compliance assistance efforts for colleges and universities ended with a final workshop held in Atlanta on September 20-21, 2006. Over 600 participants attended the 7 compliance assistance workshops.
In February 2007, Region 4 followed its early compliance assistance by launching an initiative encouraging colleges/universities to use EPA’s Audit Policy to voluntarily identify and disclose potential violations. Approximately 200 colleges and universities in the southeast performed voluntary environmental audits and disclosed and corrected potential violations.
Each assistance workshop covered environmental laws and regulations applicable to the college and university sector. To view the agendas (and some of the presentations) for two of the workshops, please visit the following sites:
More College Resources
Environmental Compliance and Best Management Practices.
Guidance Manual for K-12 Schools
Environmental Health & Safety in the Arts: A Guide for K-12 Schools, Colleges and Artisans.
HealthySEAT (Healthy School Environmental Assessment Tool)
EPA College Compliance Assistance Material - Region 2
College and University Compliance Assistance Center Code:
Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange
In 2005, Region 4 began its Hospital and Healthcare Compliance Assistance Initiative to assist hospitals and healthcare facilities in complying with environmental laws and regulations. During this initiative, Region 4 partnered with state environmental agencies (and when possible, State Hospital Associations) to conduct compliance assistance workshops for hospitals and healthcare facilities. The workshops were held throughout the southeast and provided an opportunity for all hospitals and healthcare facilities to participate and gain valuable information on the Agency’s environmental expectations of their facilities. During this initiative, which ended in 2008, 7 workshops were held reaching approximately 600 participants.
In late 2008, Region 4 followed its early compliance assistance by launching an initiative encouraging the larger hospitals to use EPA’s Audit Policy to voluntarily identify and disclose potential violations. Approximately 40 hospitals in the southeast performed voluntary environmental audits and disclosed and corrected potential violations.
Each assistance workshop covered environmental laws and regulations applicable to the healthcare sector. To view the agendas (and some of the presentations) for five of the workshops, please visit the following sites:
More Hospital Resources
EPA Hospital Compliance Assistance Material - Region 2
Compliance Assistance Resources for Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities (PDF) (2 PP, 39 K)
Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC)
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange
In 2008, Region 4 identified prisons (state and federal) as a focus for compliance assistance. Prisons are in effect small cities, and potential environmental problem areas at prisons include improper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous waste, including medical wastes; improper wastewater discharge; inadequate underground storage tank management; sewage treatment facilities that are not operating properly; improper abatement of lead-based paint and asbestos. When the initiative ended in 2011, 6 workshops had been held reaching approximately 400 participants.
In 2009, the Federal Bureau of Prisons approached Region 4 about having the federal prisons in the southeast use EPA’s Audit Policy to voluntarily identify and disclose potential violations. Twenty-two federal prisons performed voluntary environmental audits and disclosed and corrected potential violations.
Each workshop covered environmental laws and regulations applicable to the college and university sector. To view the agendas (and some of the presentations) for five of the workshops, please visit the following sites:
- Environmental Compliance in Corrections, Georgia Workshop
- Corrections Environmental Workshop, Alabama
- Environmental Compliance Training Correctional Facilities, Kentucky
- Environmental Compliance Training Correctional Facilities, Florida
- Environmental Compliance Assistance, Tennessee Workshop
- Environmental Compliance in Corrections, North Carolina Workshop
More Prison ResourcesPollution Prevention Resource Exchange
On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Regions 3, 4 and 5, in partnership with the Huntington District Waterways Association, hosted a Compliance Assistance Workshop for regulated entities located in the Port of Huntington Tri-State area. The Port of Huntington Tri-State covers 200 river miles along Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, and is the largest inland port in the United States. This workshop, held in the Student Memorial Center at Marshall University, is part of the integrated strategy the regions are pursuing to address noncompliance issues in this geographic area. Speakers covered all of the main environmental statutes and included EPA employees from each of the regions.
View the agenda from the Port of Huntington Tri-State Workshop. Click on links within the agenda to view presentations.
Key Documents for EPA Compliance Assistance Providers
- Compliance Assistance Measurement (including sample tools)
- Guide for Measuring Compliance Assistance Outcomes
- Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) measures for Compliance Assistance
- Compliance Assistance Conclusion Data Sheet (CACDS)
- Integrated Strategies Guide (PDF) (115pp, 5.3M)
Region 4 Compliance Assistance Contact
Region 4 Compliance Assistance Coordinator
Phone: (404) 562-9629
Fax: (404) 562-9598
e-mail: Wes Hardegree (email@example.com )