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Aug.14 Executive Certificates of Financial Accuracy



8/15/2002
 
If about 440 publicly traded companies who filed certificates signed by their top executives on August 14 backing up the accuracy of their financial reports filed with the government, does that accuracy include their financial environmental accounting audits as mandated under SEC Regulation S-K?   
 
I understand penalties for failing to file the certificate are generally at the SEC's discretion and range from nothing to fines, but certifying false earnings reports could subject executives to criminal penalties.
 
Does filing false significant environmental material expenses (ie.departing from filing EPA and state DEP fines over $100,000) also warrant criminal penalties for those executives who have signed certificates of financial accounting accuracy?
 
Best Wishes,
Donald Sutherland
Member of the Society of Environmental Journalists
donaldsutherland-iso14000@worldnet.att.net
phone: 508-497-3676