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Second Regular Session

Sixty-first General Assembly

LLS NO. R98-0942.01 BWM


BY REPRESENTATIVES McPherson and Anderson.



WHEREAS, The General Assembly of the State of Colorado enacted Senate Bill No. 94­139 in May, 1994, to benefit the environment by encouraging regulated entities to perform voluntary environmental self­audits in order to ascertain the entities' compliance with environmental requirements and voluntarily disclose violations discovered in the audits; and

WHEREAS, The environmental self­audit law has encouraged companies to perform self­audits and to correct violations found in those audits, thus resulting in a positive environmental gain for the state; and

WHEREAS, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attempting to undermine Colorado's self­audit law by taking enforcement actions against Colorado companies that disclosed and corrected violations discovered through a self­audit; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-first General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

That we, the members of the Colorado General Assembly, hereby request the Attorney General and the Executive Branch of the State of Colorado to take whatever steps are necessary to discourage EPA from engaging in overfiles or enforcement actions against companies that have disclosed and resolved violations under Senate Bill No. 94­139.

Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Resolution be transmitted to each member of Colorado's Congressional delegation, to the Administrator of the EPA, and to the President of the United States.

Created: 4/16/98 Updated: 4/16/98