Creating Healthier Environments

EPA Compliance Services

Serving Clients in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is a regulatory agency that enforces the protection of people and the environment. The EPA requires companies to follow specific guidelines and regulations that concern emissions, disposal, and decontamination. Understanding nuanced EPA rules is often difficult, and it may take a keen eye to help you ensure that your company is in compliance.

RPF Environmental helps businesses large and small with EPA compliance in the New England area. We are proud to serve clients in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. With over 30 years of experience and a quick turnaround, you can be sure that your business will stay on track.

Call RPF Environmental at (888) 293-0619 to find out more.

What are EPA Inspections?

EPA inspections are the method of investigation and monitoring used by EPA officials to assess compliance. Like most regulatory agencies, the EPA is responsible for overseeing cooperation and efficiency in companies and businesses. On-sight inspections are a way for officials to get a good look into your operations.

During an inspection, EPA officials may:

  • Collect samples
  • Interview staff and representatives
  • Take photographs
  • Observe operations
  • Review records

In most cases, these inspections are for the sole purpose of ensuring cooperation. However, if there is a specific concern or report, the EPA may conduct a more in-depth evaluation. Large-scale environmental concerns like water quality or waste disposal from chemical plants warrant extensive investigations and costly penalties for failure to comply.

Clean Air Act Evaluations

Under the EPA’s regulator structure is the Clean Air Act, which restricts emissions into the air. There are two types of Clean Air Act Evaluations:

  • PCE or Partial Compliance Evaluation
  • FCE or Full Compliance Evaluation

PCEs are focused on specific pollutants and emissions violations. Evaluators may take a more in-depth look at your business, but these evaluations are not full scale.

FCEs, on the other hand, are comprehensive and all-encompassing investigations into the status and level of compliance within a facility. FCE investigators evaluate all regulated pollutants and emission units in addition to addressing your ability to maintain compliance at each emission unit.

A Full Compliance Evaluation may include:

  • An assessment of air pollution control devices
  • A review of reports and records
  • An assessment of operating conditions
  • Observation of visible emissions
  • An assessment of feed rates, raw material compositions, and process rates
  • A review of operating logs
  • A stack test if there is not an alternative method of evaluation

FCEs are the most comprehensive evaluations, and they may be done through a series of Partial Compliance Evaluations and audits.

Civil Investigations and EPA Audits

In some cases, a citizen, agency, or study may find that a business is in violation of EPA regulations. If this occurs, the EPA will launch a civil investigation to determine whether the reports are founded or purely speculation. These investigations are more involved and may take weeks or months, depending on the severity of the complaint and complexity of the case.

Audits are evaluations that provide data for determining whether a business is eligible for incentives or if criminal prosecution is necessary. Incentives are not a reward for good behavior but a penalty for failing to follow EPA guidelines. They provide an opportunity for mitigation.

Voluntary corrective measures and self-reporting may help to reduce the penalties from the EPA. Companies should self-report issues directly to the EPA within 21 days of discovering the violation.

Helping Clients Comply with EPA Regulations

An evaluation or audit of your business may interfere with your business operations. Even Partial Compliance Evaluations can take time resources to resolve.

RPF Environmental has over 30 years of industry experience and countless satisfied clients from various industries and sectors. Our team of professionals is committed to providing high-quality service with a fast turnaround so you can get back to doing what you do best.

Contact RPF Environmental for all of your environmental testing and EPA compliance needs.

Client Testimonials

  • “I will continue to call on RPF for all things related to environmental safety and health.”

    Richard A. Falardeau- SAU 49; Gov. Wentworth Regional School District

  • “RPF is a great company to work with, highly knowledgeable, great to work with and accommodating.”

    Jennifer Gilbert- St. Charles School

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    Barry Gaw- Sippican Partners, LLC

  • “We have worked with RPF for over 20 years and has always been very satisfied with their service.”

    Bill Behrmann- St. Thomas Aquinas School

  • “I have been using the services of RPF Environmental for several years and plan on continuing to do so.”

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  • “They are a great company and have provided prompt and professional services.”

    Bill Botting- SAU 60; Fall Mountain School District

  • “RPF has helped us reassure our staff, students and public that our school environments are clean, healthy spaces for learning.”

    Ed Emond- SAU 30; Laconia NH School District

Why Work With
RPF Environmental?

  • Fastest turnarounds available for time-sensitive projects
  • Meet all regulatory standards & maintain focus on project goals
  • Dedicated client services that emphasize close communication
  • Cost-effective and creative alternatives for flexible strategies
  • Access to leading experts in your specific field to enhance your solutions
  • EPA Accredited Asbestos & Lead Safe Renovator Trainer