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Environmental Law and Compliance

1. What is EPCRA and what impact did EPCRA have on environmental audits? (include dates and history).

2. In your opinion, is NEPA fulfilling the function intended, and is it worth the effort? (Describe your opinion of its function and include at least one example to support your statements)

3. Describe the ways that environmental audit information can be protected from public disclosure. Include information on how to integrate each into an environmental audit program. Explain how each may be asserted and how successful you would expect them to be.

4. For each of the following laws, describe why/or why not the law applies to the fictional military installation, Fort Dette. See the scenario below:

a. RCRA
b. CWA
c. CAA
d. SDWA

Scenario:
Fort Dette generates used oil, contaminated fuels (diesel and gasoline contaminated with water), antifreeze, used oil filters, and rifle bore patches that have tested in the past to exceed 6 mg/l TCLP for lead.
There is significant construction on the installation including a 10 acre parking lot for the new HQ building, a new wastewater plant to treat all domestic wastewater, a new well for the HQ building (120 occupants), housing for all of the residents, and a new 150 bed hospital.
All solid waste is disposed of in an on-post landfill that has been in operation for the last three years with the exception of the hospital waste which is incinerated at the hospital.

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1. What is EPCRA and what impact did EPCRA have on environmental audits (include dates and history)?
EPCRA is the legislation titled 'Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. In specifies the requirements that must be followed when storing hazardous chemicals and the reporting that must be carried accordingly. In short, this Act requires that any hazardous chemical that is used or stored in the workplace be maintained in a safe manner that follows set protocol. Such facilities must maintain a material safety data sheet. This sheet must be made available during an environmental audit, which has made a significant impact on the way that such audits are carried out. Dating back to the end of January, 2001, the procedure by which environmental audits were carried out were impacted by EPCRA. The EPCRA is one of 13 provisions upon which audits are carried out, so while such audits are not predicated only upon this Act, 2001 ushered in a while new set of reporting and regulatory requirements related to hazardous waste storage that must be followed.

2. In your opinion, is NEPA fulfilling the function intended, and is it worth the effort? Describe your opinion of its function and include at least one example to support your statements.
The National Environmental Policy Act is designed to require all federal agencies to integrate certain environmental values into their decision making process. Basically, it requires all agencies to consider the environmental impact of their proposals, and to provide alternatives to those actions that are more environmentally friendly. In an effort to ensure that federal agencies fulfil ...

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