Environmental Compliance: Playing Defense and Offense

It’s no secret that compliance is a hot-button issue in today’s society. As such, environmental standards change often and are different in various regions. Maintaining a working understanding of the current compliance landscape is a key factor in managing the risk of accidents, fines, and lawsuits.
To make sure your business stays in compliance, you need to be aggressive. Maintaining internal systems to monitor systems, pipes, and tanks is a must. Otherwise, you’ll be playing catch up come inspection time.

John Cruden, the president of the Environmental Law Institute and a former deputy assistant attorney general for the environmental and natural resources division of the US Department of Justice, spoke at ALM’s 2014 Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit in New York City. He said that compliance has much to do with “preventing what he called unforced errors, the bad things that result not from intentional lawbreaking but from oversights that could otherwise have been prevented had the company been more careful about compliance in their environment, health, and safety function.” These ‘unforced errors’ can end up racking up tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

He also said that maintaining a compliance department is imperative to proactively avoid legal repercussions. However, keeping up with regulations, employee training, and periodic inspections can be both time-consuming and expensive. 7G Environmental Compliance Management can replace any and all internal programs, for a fraction of the cost. We can eliminate your compliance-related risk a minimize costs related to potential spills and accidents.

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