LMU COMMITS TO EPA'S VOLUNTARY SELF-AUDIT PROGRAM
June 27, 2007 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University joined 100 other southeastern colleges and universities and agreed to conduct voluntary self-audits under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4’s College and University Compliance Incentive Initiative. The voluntary self-audits, performed pursuant to the audit agreement signed this week will assist 101 private colleges and universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Although not signatories to the June 25th agreement, there are approximately 100 other southeastern colleges and universities also pursuing voluntary self-audits under Region 4’s College and University Compliance Incentive Initiative.
“Colleges and universities are part of EPA’s regulated community, and often share the same regulatory responsibilities and experience similar environmental challenges as private industry and other government facilities,” said EPA Regional Administrator Jimmy Palmer. “Through this compliance initiative, the voluntary self-audits will help institutions identify opportunities to solve many of their environmental challenges and save money over the long term.”
“The self-audit is a tool to help us as a group to police ourselves then voluntarily submit the findings to the EPA. Each participating school provides team members to conduct a peer-audit at another participating school(s),” said LMU Director of Risk Management, Contracts and Grants Debbi Pressnell. “LMU President Dr. Nancy Moody wants this university to be a responsible community member. This program provides a proactive way to make our campus a safer place to work and create a better environment for our entire community.”
EPA Region 4 began a College and University Compliance Assistance Initiative in 2002 to assist colleges and universities, both private and public, in understanding and complying with environmental regulations. Potential environmental problem areas at colleges and universities include improper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste; improper laboratory chemical storage; air quality problems; storm water run-off and wastewater discharge; inadequate underground storage tank management; dysfunctional sewage treatment facilities; and improper abatement of lead-based paint and asbestos.
After several years of educating colleges and universities about their environmental responsibilities, the EPA Region 4 College and University Compliance Incentive Initiative was launched earlier this year to encourage voluntary self-auditing pursuant to EPA’s Audit Policies. The EPA Audit Policies provide incentives for regulated entities that voluntarily discover, promptly disclose, and quickly correct violations that would otherwise be subject to enforcement, including financial penalties. For example, self-disclosure may result in a partial or complete reduction in financial penalties.
Three members of the LMU peer-audit team traveled to Nashville earlier this month to participate in training. The audit team includes Director of Properties and Physical Plant Richard Owens, Director of Compliance and Infrastructure Management David Laws and Utilities Manager Sam Reed.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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