Enforcement

Criminal Enforcement

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EPA's criminal enforcement program was established in 1982 and was granted full law enforcement authority by Congress in 1988. It enforces the nation's laws by investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens people's health and the environment. The Criminal Enforcement Overview provides more information on investigative activities. Read more about adjudicated case summaries in the monthly Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin.

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HEADLINES

NEW JERSEY COMPANIES AND OWNER PLEAD GUILTY TO BIODIESEL FUEL FRAUD SCHEME-

 “This criminal activity undercuts benefits and puts businesses that follow the law at an unfair disadvantage.  Today’s guilty plea upholds program integrity, protects companies that play by the rules... (and) represents a step along the way to closing the book on one of the largest fraud schemes in Indiana history.” -U.S. Attorney Minker.  More Information...

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Trans Energy Inc. fined $600,000 for Clean Water Act Violations.  April 22, 2015.  More Information...
  • New Jersey Companies and Owner Plead Guilty to Biodiesel Fuel Fraud Scheme.  
    April 15, 2015.  ​More Information...
  • Rhode Island Chemical Company to Plead Guilty to Violating Clean Air Act for Failing to Develop and Implement Risk Storage Plan.  More Information...
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