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environmental audit

see GREEN AUDIT.

environmental audit

an assessment of the environmental impact of a firm or public agency in the process of supplying goods or services. This usually involves an independent investigation of the way in which the firm or public agency organizes itself to supply products and the resulting environmental costs. Environmental audits are often undertaken with a view to reducing or eliminating POLLUTION associated with the production, packaging or distribution of products. See SOCIAL COSTS, COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS.
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A recent example of an attempt to avoid public sanction through the use of an environmental audit privilege occurred when Waste Management, Inc.
46) While most state privilege laws do not protect information specifically required to be reported by the federal statutes or as directed in permits, the laws are aimed at protecting any other information generated by the environmental audit, even if it may apply in an enforcement action.
In addition, the EPA is not satisfied that audit privilege is an adequate incentive for companies to establish environmental audit programs.
Under a typical environmental audit privilege law, audit reports can't be used as evidence in judicial or administrative proceedings as long as violations are reported to the authorities and promptly corrected.
An environmental audit may cover single or multiple sites or processes, or involve an analysis of the company's entire operations.
It is rather through common-sense steps that the confidentiality of an environmental audit may be maintained.
An environmental audit discloses an inventory of large and small underground storage tanks.
There is no "right" way to conduct environmental audits because corporate organizations and cultures differ as to their internal resources and commitment.
The Environmental Audit Committee has a sweeping mandate to investigate the impact of government.
The agencies that will be invited in the environmental audit by Congress include the Department of Environment and National Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, Metro Manila Development Authority, Climate Change Commission, Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, concerned local government units, among others.
The document contains norms and concepts from international conventions and protocols signed by Kyrgyzstan, including such term as environmental audit.
Treasury minister Angela Eagle revealed the cash-for-bangers scheme to the Environmental Audit Committe adding: "It is certainly something that we would not be averse to looking at.

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