Environmental Compliance and Auditing

Overview

EI's experts have a depth of experience in conducting compliance audits that is exceptional in the consulting industry. With training in environmental science, engineering and law, EI helps clients navigate through the maze of regulations to identify those applicable to their facilities. EI works with clients to identify practical approaches to maintain an outstanding compliance record and achieve best management practices that control costs and avoid problems. EI has provided compliance auditing services for facilities in many different states and has an outstanding knowledge of the regulatory requirements under relevant federal and state laws.

EI provides comprehensive services:

  • EMS Gap Analysis and Auditing
  • Environmental Compliance Auditing for State and Federal Regulations
  • EMS and Compliance Training for Management and Employees
  • Negotiation and Coordination with Regulators

If you would like to discuss how EI can assist you with environmental compliance and auditing services, please contact us at (206) 525-3362, or email us at staff@eiltd.net.

 

Example Projects

Environmental Compliance Audits

Department of Veterans Affairs

EI performed dozens of on-site environmental compliance and conformance audits at VA Medical Centers and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics across the Western US, in order to assess facility compliance with all federal, state, and local environmental regulations. The audits required broad knowledge of regulations related to air emissions, ozone-depleting substances, petroleum storage, wastewater, asbestos, lead-based paint, and hazardous and medical waste. EI researched relevant regulations and wrote detailed reports compiling all findings, from major gaps in regulatory compliance to best management practice suggestions. The reports included specific advice addressing operational and/or administrative improvements.

EMS Audit and Support

City of Seattle, Executive Services Division

EI performed compliance audits and EMS based on the ISO 14001 standard. EI developed a customized compliance assessment methodology utilizing checklists concerning federal, state, and local environmental regulations applicable to Executive Services Division (ESD) facilities. EI coordinated the implementation of the environmental compliance assessments and completed a gap analysis to review existing ESD environmental procedures. Based on the results of the gap analysis, EI proposed a methodology for ESD to determine significant environmental aspects in conformance with the ISO 14001 standard. EI adapted the City of Seattle's Environmental Policy to fit in with ESD environmental procedures. Based on assessment findings, EI determined processes that still needed to be developed and assisted in the creation of those processes. EI then developed an implementation plan to meet the needs and characteristics of ESD facilities.

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TESTIMONIALS

"The Siletz Tribe appreciates the work you have done to provide information on the state of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and the effect of pollutants on tribal members who consume fish from the Willamette River."

- Brenda Bremner
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

"Throughout the two-year process of developing the rule [under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act], Dr. Bridgen was able not only to juggle the many tasks involved, and to produce high quality products on time, but to offer good alternatives for approaching problems encountered in the course of the project. Her involvement enabled the Agency to develop a good rule, within the time and budget allotted."

-Christine Augustyniak
Deputy Director
Environmental Assistance Division
US EPA

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TESTIMONIALS

“I have been consistently impressed by the high quality of the written work your office produces, as well as the remarkable breadth and depth of technical know-how you and your team have. I have been extremely satisfied with EI's ability to produce high-quality work while staying on time and on or under budget."

- Cathy Hendrickson
Georgetown Crime Prevention & Community Council

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TESTIMONIALS

“The Siletz Tribe appreciates the work you have done to provide information on the state of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and the effect of pollutants on tribal members who consume fish from the Willamette River."

- Brenda Bremner
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

"We would like to commend EI for your creative and thorough approach to address these issues of concern to the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC), stakeholders, and the public-at-large ... CIRCACV was very impressed by EI's exceptional understating of State and Federal law, through research, perceptive analysis, and their ability to work effectively with various stakeholders. "

- Rory Dabney
Program Coordinator
CIRCAC

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TESTIMONIALS

"Attendees appreciated the opportunity to interact, communicate and relate their experiences and issues with one another. We were very successful in establishing a springboard for further interaction and resolution to the many issues facing the Native American communities …"

- Douglas W. Grosse
National Risk Management Research Labratory
US EPA

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TESTIMONIALS

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council was very impressed by EI's exceptional understanding of State and Federal law, through research, perceptive analysis, and their ability to work effectively with various stakeholders.

- Rory Dabney
Program Coordinator
CIRCAC

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TESTIMONIALS

“EI's ability to coordinate among our partners in the cooperative process is impressive … EI has shown tremendous ability to ensure open channels of communication with us, with our partners and with those on the other side of the table. Even when negotiations have gotten particularly difficult, EI has demonstrated a sense of ethics and diplomacy, all the while ensuring that the Tribe's voice is heard. “

-Delores Pigsley
Tribal Council Chairman
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

"I was impressed with the efficiency of the audit team members, who worked closely together to interview personnel in various positions …covering many environmental areas including the hazardous waste facility. The Team's ISO 14001 knowledge was extensive. The recommendations you provided in the audit report have helped ISC Kodiak further develop their EMS and improve their EMS implementation Process."

- Sunsan L. Boyle
Lead Environmental Specialist
US Coast Guard

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TESTIMONIALS

“ Dr. Bridgen obviously has a great deal of EMS implementation experience, which gives her a wealth of examples to broaden and deepen the understanding of the principles and techniques that we are now incorporating at our facilities.“

- Laura Halterman
Department of Veterans Affairs

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TESTIMONIALS

“I want to commend you and EI for your facilitation. The results of the facilitation were exceptional, with all parties leaving the table happy, surprised, and incredulous at how you got the group to come to consensus over issues on which we had been stuck for a long time.

- Jon Gornick
US Army Corps of Engineers

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TESTIMONIALS

"I was impressed with the efficiency of the audit team members, who worked closely together to interview personnel in various positions …covering many environmental areas including the hazardous waste facility. The Team's ISO 14001 knowledge was extensive. The recommendations you provided in the audit report have helped ISC Kodiak further develop their EMS and improve their EMS implementation Process."

- Sunsan L. Boyle
Lead Environmental Specialist
US Coast Guard

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TESTIMONIALS

"I want to commend the performance of EI and, in particular, Valerie Lee in the community involvement and communication effort associated with development of the Kalispel Tribe's EMS...This project is setting a precedent by developing an ISO 14001 compliant EMS to ensure that environmental issues receive the amount of attention that the Tribe, as a steward of the environment, believes they deserve."

-Scott Hall
Kalispel Tribe of Indians

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