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What if I Don’t Have All My Environmental Permits? Your Best Strategy to Move Forward

by Doug

We get asked a lot to help with companies that find out – one way or the other – that they don’t have all the environmental permits and approvals that they need. Unfortunately, they often find this out through an inspection by a state or Federal regulatory agency which often leads to some form of penalty. Or, they may find out on their own through a seminar, something they read, or through an association.

But sometimes, they find out through an environmental audit, which is one of the best ways to discover this uncomfortable situation for the potential protections it offers.

So what if you discover you don’t have all the permits and approvals you need? This is a very important question, since you don’t want to have to worry about an inspector showing up or getting a huge penalty or fine. But won’t finding out mean you’re blowing the whistle on yourself? Won’t you get yourself in trouble?!

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Environmental Audits

Is an environmental audit for TRI Reporting necessary?

by Doug

An environmental audit is a serious tool to help an organization discover any areas they are lacking in with regards to environmental compliance. Many folks want to know if an audit is necessary for TRI Reporting, and here we discuss what our feelings on the subject are.

Many of our clients who have been holding off on TRI Reporting, for whatever reason, are starting to suddenly take interest in the subject again.

Regardless of the reason why, I'm glad they are. However, I have some reservations, similar to what my clients are saying, about just jumping right into reporting. Why's that?

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Environmental Audits

Environmental Audits vs. Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

by Doug

Understand what an environmental audit is, what a Phase I ESA is, and the key differences between them.

The other week we got an email from one of our newer customers. They were ready to sign up for 3 Phase I ESA reports at a couple of locations, one of which was an industrial facility. They wanted to know when the Phase I's would take place, and what they needed to provide for the compliance evaluation side of the report. I politely let them know that a standard Phase I does not include a compliance evaluation, also known as an environmental audit, but we would be happy to revise the proposal to include one. After a few minutes of explanation the folks on the other end got the difference, and realized they are in fact very different items.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Environmental Audits

Do I have to report the results of an environmental audit?

by Doug

Most folks already know what an audit is, but many don't know what to do with them once they're completed. Here we discuss whether or not you have to report the findings of an audit to anyone.

Many of our clients have hired us in the past to conduct audits at their operation. Invariably, at the end of the audit, a lot of folks want to know if they have to report the findings to anyone.

That's a fantastic question, since the results of that audit are basically a 'report card' into how your operation is doing, and many fear they have to turn this information over to someone.

In our opinion, we find many facilities tend to hold back on doing audits because they're afraid of turning the results over to someone. And I don't blame them! No one wants to admit wrong doing, regardless of the consequences.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Environmental Audits

Concrete Environmental Issues & The Ideal Concrete Plant

by Doug

About a month ago, I was talking to a precast producer about his new environmental management system, and how it was impacting his operation. He said his costs had dropped slightly, his regulators and their inspections went a lot easier, and his employees seemed to actually understand and buy into the whole program. He's the first to say "I'm not perfect" but he's working on it.

It got me thinking... what would the ideal concrete plant (precast, ready mix, brick, etc.) be? What issues, environmental or otherwise, would they have to overcome?

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Topics: Sustainability, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Audits, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Speaking & Training, NRMCA Green-Star EMS

The Top 5 Things to Know About Environmental Audits

by Doug

Environmental audits can be a tricky thing to understand if you're new to the environmental scene. Here we discuss the top 5 things to know about audits that will help you understand the process and service better.

I've spent the last 20+ years working to help companies get into environmental compliance, and over those years, I've gotten some great questions from plant managers, environmental managers, CEOs, etc. about audits, ranging from simple to extremely complex.

We find people tend to have a lot of questions about audits, and with good reason. There's no cut and dry answer as to what your audit is. Personally, I'm a big proponent of audits, as they can be invaluable to your facility and company. They can help get your operation on the right path to environmental compliance, and steer clear of penalties, fines, and violations.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Environmental Audits