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LDEQ Voluntary Environmental Self-Audit Program is Open to Applicants

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the cameraContributed by Todd Perry, Principal, PPM Consultants

Introduction to Environmental Self-Audit Programs:

Environmental Self-Audit programs encourage organizations to voluntarily identify, disclose, and rectify non-compliance with environmental regulations before regulatory bodies externally identify them. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers significant incentives under its Audit Policy, including substantial reductions in civil penalties for entities that meet certain conditions. These conditions range from systematic discovery of the violation through voluntary and prompt disclosure to timely correction and remediation. Notably, the EPA emphasizes the importance of preventing recurrence and excludes repeat violations from eligibility for full benefits. Furthermore, the EPA has modernized its self-disclosure policies with the eDisclosure portal, which facilitates processing disclosed civil violations of environmental law. In Louisiana, the self-audit program serves as an added tool in auditing by allowing facilities to play a direct role in the compliance process. LDEQ is diligently working on transitioning to more direct electronic access for participants so that permitting, audits, and compliance work in real-time and allows for efficiency in the process.

Louisiana’s Environmental Self-Audit Legislation.

Louisiana has recently joined several states in adopting legislation that supports environmental self-audit programs. This legislative move allows facilities to conduct self-audits and identify compliance issues proactively, with incentives such as reduced penalties and recommendations for non-criminal liability. The law aims to foster a culture of voluntary compliance and environmental stewardship among businesses while offering protections for certain confidential information.

National Context and Other States.

Environmental Self-Audit initiatives vary across the U.S., with states like Wisconsin implementing innovative programs like the “Green Tier” program, which provides incentives for enhanced environmental performance through a collaborative system between businesses and the Department of Natural Resources. Other states, including Texas and Maine, have developed their own statutes and rules to encourage self-disclosure and mitigate civil penalties for environmental violations. This diversity in approaches underscores the adaptability and relevance of environmental self-audit programs as a tool for environmental management and compliance.


Adopting Environmental Self-Audit legislation in Louisiana represents a significant step toward empowering businesses to take a proactive role in environmental management. Louisiana can enhance environmental compliance and sustainability across the state by aligning state policy with broader national trends and leveraging the flexibility of self-audit programs. This approach benefits the environment and supports businesses in managing their regulatory obligations more effectively, thereby contributing to a culture of corporate environmental responsibility. This article outline can serve as a basis for a comprehensive discussion on environmental self-audit programs, highlighting their importance, implementation challenges, and the specific context of Louisiana’s recent legislative actions. Further research and specific examples of how these programs have been implemented in Louisiana and their impacts could enrich the article, offering readers both a macro and micro perspective on the subject.

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