Environmental Audits: Privilege, Voluntary Disclosure, and Other Legal Issues
Ensuring Compliance With Environmental Laws, Responding When Violations Are Discovered
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will guide counsel on leveraging environmental audits to enhance compliance and on mitigating risks associated with audit discoveries. The panel will discuss privilege, voluntary disclosure, and best practices for responding to violations.
- Environmental compliance auditing
- Privileges available to protect audit-derived information
- Voluntary audit disclosure
- EPA program
- State programs
- Audit opportunities for new owners
- Complications for auditing and disclosure arising from recent enforcement trends
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How can companies and their counsel use environmental audits to improve compliance and soften the impact of a government enforcement action?
- What are the best practices for counsel to advise clients that are considering utilizing environmental compliance audits?
- What are the expected costs and risks of environmental self-audits from a legal standpoint?
Joel D. Eagle
Mr. Eagle represents public and private entities in the industrial, commercial and manufacturing sectors, where he... | Read More
Mr. Eagle represents public and private entities in the industrial, commercial and manufacturing sectors, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of environmental law including regulatory compliance counseling involving CERCLA, state Brownfield and voluntary action program site cleanup laws, including on vapor intrusion remediation and risk management; mobile source regulatory counseling, certification support and enforcement defense before U.S. EPA and the California Air Resources Board; regulatory development, site remediation and risk management counseling for emerging contaminants, including PFAS; legislative and rulemaking support and enforcement defense regarding hydrofluorocarbons; compliance counseling and enforcement defense for federal, state and local water, solid and hazardous waste laws and regulations; and environmental due diligence and contract negotiation in connection with the sale and purchase of businesses and industrial properties.Close
Lawrence P. (Larry) Schnapf
Mr. Schnapf primarily concentrates on environmental risks associated with corporate, real estate and Brownfield... | Read More
Mr. Schnapf primarily concentrates on environmental risks associated with corporate, real estate and Brownfield transactions. He counsels clients on environmental compliance, and represents clients in federal and state environmental litigation, enforcement actions, administrative proceedings and private cost recovery actions. Mr. Schnapf has also written numerous articles on environmental law, and is the general editor/contributing author of “Environmental Issues in Business Transactions” published by the Business Law Section of the ABA. He is Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and Co-Chair of the NYSBA Brownfield Task Force.Close