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A government environmental regulator offers advice on how to ward off trouble when the inspector arrives. By looking at their operations as an inspector would, experienced producers not only become aware of major concerns, but are sure to notice small things an outsider would normally miss. Addressing these minor concerns sets the tone and often increases the overall effectiveness of basic environmental management. Along with self-assessment, producers could benefit by approaching regulators before they show up unexpectedly. Producers also need to develop a procedure to handle complaints and to work with inspectors when they do show up. Negotiation often works. With verification that their environmental-management practices are adequate, in place and functioning, producers can relax when the inspector arrives. While state and local regulations can and do vary, producers should focus on five standards and their effects on their operations.