EPA launches eDisclosure portal

Self-disclosed civil violations must be done electronically

Posted December 16, 2015

On December 9, EPA announced the launch of eDisclosure in the Federal Register, Notice of eDisclosure Portal Launch: Modernizing Implementation of EPA’s Self-Policing Incentive Policies.

The EPA is modernizing implementation of self-disclosure policies by creating a centralized web-based “eDisclosure” portal to receive and automatically process self-disclosed civil violations of environmental law. Under the automated eDisclosure system, large and small businesses will be able to resolve certain routine types of disclosures.

EPA is launching the eDisclosure system to continue the benefits of self-disclosure policies and provide penalty mitigation and other incentives for companies that self-police, disclose, correct, and prevent violations. The agency says, the implementation changes will make the processing of disclosures faster and more efficient, and will save time and resources for regulated entities and EPA.

eDisclosure uses EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX) to allow entities to promptly disclose violations and submit timely compliance certifications under EPA’s Audit Policy and Small Business Compliance Policy, which will be processed automatically by EPA.

All self-disclosed civil violations, with the exception of new owner disclosures, must be made through the eDisclosure portal. Although EPA is not modifying the substantive conditions in its Audit Policy or Small Business Compliance Policy, the eDisclosure portal streamlines and modernizes EPA’s approach to handling disclosures under these two policies.

To submit an electronic self-disclosure, entities must register with EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system at cdx.epa.gov.


 

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