The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comment on a new policy that would encourage businesses to audit themselves to prevent pollution.
The proposed Environmental Incentive Policy would reward companies for making a long-term commitment to better protect the environment. It would waive penalties for violations that are discovered and disclosed voluntarily.
Companies with a history of failing to comply with environmental regulations aren't eligible. Certain violations are excluded from the policy, including recurring violations, criminal activity or actual harm to people or the environment.
Comments will be taken through April 22.
The draft policy can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/XuvoGg.