Auditors Eye the Environment

by Robert A. Corbitt, (M.ASCE), Dept. Mgr.; Jordan, Jones & Goulding, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.,
David C. Garrett, III, Partner; Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, Atlanta, Ga.,
Robert F. Kohm, Manager of Environmental Planning and Analysis; Aluminum Co. of America, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.,
Dale I. Patrick, Chf.; Program Support Bureau, State of New Mexico Environmental Improvement Div., Santa Fe, N.M.,
Donald R. Perander, Environmental Engr.; Armco, Inc., P.O. Box 600, Middletown, Ohio 45043,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 4, Pg. 39-41

Document Type: Feature article


Environmental audits are being used by an increasing number of companies, and are providing a substantial new market for environmental engineers. Environmental audits are formal self-appraisals that businesses conduct to assess their compliance with environmental regulations, and to reduce environmental problems and liabilities. Some companies are conducting audits through their attorneys to keep them private. Such confidentiality is based on the work products doctrine and attorney client privilege. Several states including New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Mexico have enacted laws promoting their use.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Audits | Business management | Liability | Private sector | Client relationships | Developing countries | Laws | United States | New Jersey | Massachusetts | New Mexico

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