The Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) is composed of eight representatives of small businesses and the general public appointed by the governor, the state Legislature, DEQ and the Department of Economic Development (DED). The panel acts as the overseer of the program and reviews technical documents for small businesses for clarity and understandability.
The CAP represents the third component of the Louisiana Small Business/Small Community Assistance Program (SB/SCAP). The panel was introduced to the public at its first meeting in October 1993 at the State Capitol. Two of the members were appointed by the Governor, four were appointed by the state Legislature and are owners, or represent owners of small businesses; and one member was appointed by the DEQ. The eighth member, a representative of the Department of Economic Development (DED), serves in a nonvoting capacity.
The role of the panel is to provide advisory opinions on the overall effectiveness of the SB/SCAP. They issue periodic reports to EPA on the status of the program and review information prepared by the SB/SCAP to assure the information is understandable by small businesses.