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​Environmental Compliance

Internal Controls

The auditor must understand the existing systems and procedures at the audited facility to ensure compliance with regulatory criteria. The exam covers topics such as identification of applicable compliance areas, responsibility/accountability for compliance tasks and functions, training and qualifications of facility staff, availability of compliance procedures, and quality assurance mechanisms for compliance.

Legislative Regulatory Applicability

The auditor must demonstrate knowledge of what environmental laws and regulations apply to a particular process or operation at audited facilities, including thorough understanding of the regulatory thrust of nine major environmental laws, EPA/state jurisdiction and enforcement of laws, regulatory process (interim, draft, final), and the ability to determine applicability of environmental laws to audited facility operations and processes.

Process Operations, Environmental Impacts, and Pollution Control Technologies

The auditor must possess the ability to evaluate what environmental impacts and compliance issues result from typical process operations and demonstrate and understanding of the generic pollution control technologies used to control impacts. This area includes such items as typical waste stream and pollutants generated by process operations, thresholds that trigger compliance requirements, general concepts of operation of pollution control technologies, and typical compliance-related requirements.

Media-specific Regulatory Knowledge

The auditor must understand the regulatory requirements that are typically evaluated during an audit including wastewater/storm water, air emissions, hazardous waste/solid waste, SARA Title III, USTs, drinking water, spill control/response (SPCC), and TSCA.

Applying Professional Audit Practices

An auditor must demonstrate fundamental knowledge of professional audit practices such as those prescribed by BEAC®'s Performance and Program STANDARDS for the Professional Practice of EHS Auditing.

View the Environmental Compliance Study Guide for the EC certification examination.

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