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ND Environmental Regulation

North Dakota, EPA allows companies to self-report violations


The Associated Press - October 9, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota environmental regulators have signed an agreement with the federal government that permits companies to self-report infractions in exchange for exemption from fines.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Department of Environmental Quality signed a memorandum with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday.

The agreement follows a North Dakota law passed in 2017 that gives companies the choice of conducting self-audits at power plants, oil and gas sites, and waste facilities and then reporting issues they identify to the state.

Environmental Quality director Dave Glatt says the types of infractions could include companies forgetting to submit paperwork or neglecting to secure a necessary permit for a facility.

EPA regional officials said in a statement the agreement should assure companies can deal with state regulators "without micromanaging from EPA."



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