As we mentioned in our October 13, 2010 blog, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has turned their attention to other potential “targets” including colleges and universities. That’s why the “Weekly Activity Report for the Week of January 24, 2011 for EPA Region 5” caught my attention.
According to the Report, “On June 18, 2008, the Region executed the Audit Policy Agreement by and between the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Participating Institutions and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5. Under the Audit Agreement, participating institutions agreed to perform comprehensive environmental audits, report the audit results to EPA, and correct the violations. On January 21, 2011, EPA concluded its review of the Initial Disclosure Report and Final Report submitted by Lakeland College. Lakeland College disclosed potential violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act. EPA calculated a civil penalty for the school in the amount of $200,395. EPA concluded that this civil penalty amount was appropriately mitigated by 100 percent. It further found that the school did not obtain a significant economic benefit from the non-compliance. The participating institution has agreed to continue in place the internal procedures necessary to prevent recurrences of violations of environmental requirements.”
For more information about the EPA’s Audit Policy go here http://www.epa.gov/compliance/incentives/auditing/auditpolicy.html