HB1716 Creates an environmental audit privilege.
Sponsor: Howerton, Jim (120) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: Marble, Gary (130) LR Number: 3857L.01I
Last Action: 02/03/2000 - Referred: Judiciary (H)
HB1716
Next Hearing:Hearing not scheduled
Calendar:Bill currently not on calendar
ACTIONS HEARINGS CALENDAR
BILL SUMMARIES BILL TEXT
BILL SEARCH HOUSE HOME PAGE

Available Bill Summaries for HB1716 Copyright(c)
* Introduced

Available Bill Text for HB1716
* Introduced *

BILL SUMMARIES

INTRODUCED

HB 1716 -- Environmental Audit Privilege

Co-Sponsors:  Howerton, Marble

This bill creates an audit privilege for owners of facilities
regulated by environmental law.  Owners may conduct a voluntary
internal audit designed to determine compliance with
environmental laws.  Information obtained in the audit is
privileged and not admissible as evidence in any legal action or
subject to disclosure during regulatory inspections.  A court or
administrative body may require disclosure if the privilege is
asserted for fraudulent purposes or if the audit indicated
noncompliance with environmental law and the owner did not
reasonably pursue compliance.  The privilege does not apply to
data collected as required by law or to data collected by a
regulatory agency or independent source.  Public employees who
divulge information subject to the privilege are guilty of a
class A misdemeanor.

The bill also prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from
seeking any administrative or civil penalties, or any criminal
penalties for negligent acts, from anyone who voluntarily
discloses an environmental violation discovered in an
environmental audit.  To qualify, the owner must make the
disclosure promptly and correct the violation within 2 years.
The prohibition against penalties does not extend to those who
have committed serious, repeated violations within the last 3
years.


redbar

Missouri House of Representatives' Home Page
Last Updated October 5, 2000 at 11:34 am